I should start by saying I can't draw. Well I can, but not quickly on the white board in my classroom. Somehow whenever I try to draw fast my pictures of giraffes always end up looking like bicycles (or two equally unrelated items).
It's sort of a running joke in my class. Whenever I'm about to draw something I always make sure they're paying attention so they don't miss my horrific masterpieces.
So for my birthday, one of my students made me a card. I laughed for a good minute or two after reading this part of it:
Now the funny thing is, I actually can draw. Quite well at times. But that's when I have time to perfect every line and curve.
So on Monday during art class I had the kids draw trees. And I made it quite clear to them that I would not be accepting clouds on top of two sticks, but rather they needed to draw the tree with realistic details.
I drew an example on the board. First I started with the tree trunk and the kids were in awe. Mostly because it actually looked like a tree trunk and not like an elephant. Then when we started discussing shapes of leaves one of the students mentioned the Canadian flag leaf.
|G'day Mate! Oh wait, wrong country.|
I quickly looked it up and drew it on the board. When I finished, and I'm not kidding, my students were applauding me. For drawing a leaf.
Sometimes it's so easy to impress children.