Cactus Observational Drawings

Year 2


Children from Year 2 worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to create an observational drawing of a cactus plant.

Making observational drawings is often the starting point for many practicing artists to research, investigate, develop and communicate ideas.  Although there are many wondrous types of drawings it is advantageous for artists to demonstrate realistic observational drawing skills, and for them to draw what they see in front of them and not what they think they see.

For this project the children were encouraged to explore the shape, colour, texture, tone and pattern of the cactus plant and its pot.

The children began by making a line drawing of the object using pencil, before applying watercolour paints and pencils to add the colour and tone, developing their skills in making an artwork from observation.