Observing in Detail

Age Range: 5 - 11

The following activities will encourage the children to look more closely at different things. These may be objects (everyday objects, strange objects, scultpures etc.) or pictures and paintings.

  • Draw an object from three different angles. This will encourage the children to look all around the object, rather than from one specific viewpoint.
  • Look at an object or a picture for 1 minute. Try to remember as much about it as possible. After the minute, put it away and draw it from memory. When you have drawn it, look at the object again and see what you missed.
  • Using a magnifying glass, focus on one particular aspect of an object or a picture. Draw that part in as much detail as possible.
  • Find a picture (this could be a famous painting, a photo or a picture from a magazine). Turn it upside down, and draw it.
  • Draw a picture of a friend or relative from memory.
  • Sit under a tree, looking up and draw the tree from this viewpoint.
  • Find a picture in which two or more people are talking. Write down or discuss what you think they might be saying (looking elsewhere in the picture for clues, and also focusing on the expressions on the peoples' faces).

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