Grade 3, Drawing from Observation
Trompe L'Oeil Desktop Still Life
(French for "fool the eye")
This project was probably the most difficult project of the year in any grade. I wish I had taken more photos. This student's work was displayed in Boston for the State-Wide, Mass Art Education Association, Youth Art Month Art Show this winter.
Students were to select objects used in the art room to draw from observation... capturing all the line, color and shadow observed. I allowed students to trace their objects and add observed details from there on. We used an areal view. We began with graphite pencil and then added colored pencil and crayon textured backgrounds. The final step was to glue on objects from my box of used materials to help "Fool the Eye" Trompe L'Oeil style.