Journal Categories
Journal Tags
« Charlotte's Web, again. | Main | It's a silent battle »

Charcoal still life of flowers

There is just one more week of art class left through our homeschooling group, and I am sad to see it go. I have not really met the teacher, but every week Calvin has emerged from his hour of art instruction with another wonderful creation in a new medium. And he loves it. They tried watercolors, and water color pencils, then oil pastels, and this week she introduced charcoal pencils, and every week I've been impressed with what Calvin's art says about what he's seeing. Today he sat in front of a vase of flowers and sketched not just flowers in a vase, but a picture that focuses on light and shadow as much as on the basic flowers. In fact, he barely drew the flowers, he was so focused on working with charcoal around them. He was pleased with his work, and all the way home in the car he told me about the light reflecting on the vase, the shadows around it, and the method of darkening the surrounding room to highlight the subject. He doesn't have the vocabulary for it, but he has the beginning of an understanding or appreciation, and he's thrilled with the knowledge and with himself, and that's what I love.

We're linked up to Saturday's Artist at Ordinary Life Magic.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (2)

This work turned out so nicely! I always forget about using charcoal. Thank you for sharing.
April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiscovering Montessori
that is so cool. what a neat experience. i wonder if our homeschool group could set something like that. :)
April 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheathermama

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.