Before the class began their drawings, the warm-ups included making lines that were dark medium and light.
To motivate for more awareness of texture in their drawings, the children were each invited to give the bear a hug. Also, the warm-ups also included some sounds that I made with boxes and cans that rattled, but it was done so the children could not see what I was holding. I asked them to draw textures to represent the sounds that I made. On the right you can see Renee's warm-up lines and the textures she drew while listening to the noises that I made for the class. I was hiding the noise makers in big box so they would not think I wanted them to draw the boxes and cans that I used as noise makers.
Links to .mp3 files with similar sounds are above the picture above.
While drawing, the children were asked if they remembered how to make different kinds of lines and different kinds of textures. I asked them questions what their favorite things were in their rooms. I do not show examples and I do not draw in front of them to teach. I want them to use their own memories, imaginations, observations, eyes, ears and hands to materialize the work. If I show them the answers, how will they learn to solve the problems? I motivate them with warm-up rituals and open questions that make them aware of what they can see, hear, remember, imagine, and do. Good questions make passive knowledge into active knowledge. The child persists longer. The pictures become richer. Good questioning improves thinking. Good questioning helps them learn to start asking themselves questions as they work. They become self-learners and we need to teach less while they learn more.