Kindergarten Week 8 ~ Drawing from Observation


3.1 Describe functional and non-utilitarian art seen in daily life; that is, works of art that are used versus those that are only viewed.

5.2 Look at and draw something used everyday (e.g., scissors, toothbrush, fork) and describe how the object is used.

Student Objectives:

Students will describe objects that they use everyday at school and draw several of them from observation.


pencils, paper, erasers, crayons, optional – colored construction paper, oil pastels


This is a great one day lesson!

Warming up Questions:  Is a desk art??  What about  the books we read and the scissors we use, are those works of art?? Who designed these things?  How do we use them?

We discussed subjects that we learn and tools/objects that we use for those subjects.  The students mentioned rope and balls for sports, pencils for art and math, colored papers for writing and crayons for making story pictures.

 Then, I demonstrated my way to draw a pair of scissors.  I looked at the scissors and drew each shape I saw.  During the process, I asked the students to help name shapes that they could find in their scissors.  I let them know that I was looking at my scissors and drawing the shapes from life – not from my imagination.

NOTE:  In many of my lessons, I often tell my students that this is only one way of drawing/doing/making something and that we can experiment and come up with different ways – that is why art is always different and about learning and trying something new!

The students were eager to ‘look’ and observe the objects/tools that they use everyday.  Here are some examples of our observational drawings done on colored paper.  Some students colored them in using crayons, others opted for oil pastels.

Drawing scissors glue and crayons 1 finished

Drawing scissors glue and crayons 2        Drawing scissors glue and crayons in progress



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