Drawing treesPosted: September 6, 2012
My students love field trips. In fact I think most students love a chance to escape the classroom setting, and today I surprised them by dragging them outside to draw trees. They didn’t really have to be dragged, of course, because it’s one of those gorgeous September days — hot and humid — that we all savour because we know what’s ahead in the coming months. I am fairly certain that if I asked them to draw a tree from memory I would get a series of lollipop shapes on paper — symbols of trees rather than naturalistic ones. Today they had to draw from observation and for some of them it was the first time. We looked at how the trees on campus are shaped, the ratio of trunk to foliage, the way some of the leaves are in front of the trunk and some behind, and how to draw them in contour. The results were shocking to me and to the students! Each and every tree was keenly observed, finely drawn and there wasn’t a lollipop in the bunch.
My drawing was done a little earlier with a Lamy pen and a Pentel brush pen in the cemetery next to the school.