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A Minibeast World

 

Have a look at the beautiful nature in this video. The camera has filmed really close to each plant so we can see all of the details. 

Beautiful Nature: Close-Up

In this activity, we are going to imagine that we are minibeasts and look at the world around us, then have a go at drawing what we can see by looking at it closely and carefully. 

 

You will need: 

  • somewhere to sit where you can see a natural object (leaf, tree bark, rock, grass etc) 

  • paper

  • pencil

  • other drawing tools such as coloured pens or pencils (optional)

  • rubber (optional) 

 
  1. Find somewhere to sit where you can see the natural world. It may be a space in your garden, or looking at a plant in your house, or perhaps you could take some paper and a pencil on a walk and find somewhere to sit and draw. (If you can’t find somewhere, you could pause the video above and draw the picture you see on the screen).

  2. Imagine you are a minibeast. Look around your space, and focus on one thing to draw. Try and sit near to the object so that you can see the details of it clearly. It may be that you decide to be a caterpillar and want to draw the leaf that you would crawl to, or perhaps you are a bumblebee and want to draw a beautiful flower that you would fly to.  What if you were an ant and could see large stones in front of you?

  3. Look very carefully at the outline of the object you are drawing and sketch it lightly on to the paper (you can go over the outline with a darker line when you are happy with the shape). Remember, if you were a small minibeast, the object would look really large so make sure the outline fills most of your piece of paper.

  4. When you look carefully at your object, some parts will be closer to you than others. Maybe it’s a petal on a flower, or part of a leaf that is nearest to you. We can show this in a drawing using ‘perspective’. Take a look at this video, it’ll help you to add perspective into your picture. 

Once you have the big outlines of your object on paper, you can begin to add details, shading, patterns, and colours. Remember, that to make your picture look realistic, you need to look really carefully at the details. Don’t draw what you ‘think’ they look like, look closely and draw what they ‘actually’ look like. 

 

The most important thing to remember is that this should be a fun and relaxing thing to do. We want you to be creative and enjoy it! 

 

We would love to see some of your pictures. You could upload them onto the school twitter feed to show us what you have done. 

 

Parents ... Young children will usually focus on the overall shapes of the item they are drawing as well as the colours. As children get older and gain both observational and drawing skills, they are better able to incorporate more elements into their drawings, including details, proportion, perspective, and shading.

 

To help your child to look in detail you could ask them questions about the shapes that they see and how these link together. 

For example, if drawing a flower, you could say…

“Why don’t we start with the centre of the flower? What shape does that look like from where you are sitting?”

“An oval? Okay, where are you going to draw your oval?”

“Now, let’s look at the petals… See how they are long and skinny, with rounded tips? Are you ready to draw those next?”

“It looks like you’ve finished drawing the petals, now how about the stem and leaves? Look at how long and skinny and straight that stem is. Do you see where it attaches to the flower? Why don’t you start there and draw the stem. Now, what shapes are the leaves?”

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