Our Dragonflies

One of the things I try to do is create an environment where students can feel comfortable sharing their ideas and particularly their artwork. Recently, I found to do this by having everyone draw the same thing in a step-by-step process. A student said that the most challenging thing they could think of to draw was a dragonfly. I decided to put aside the main project for a few minutes and have everyone draw a dragonfly through step-by-step instruction. We all sat down, including a few students who don’t usually participate, and went through the process to draw and then cut out a dragonfly. I found the experience quite educational myself as I had never drawn a dragonfly before. Breaking it down as I chose to showed the students that a seemingly insurmountable problem is usually just a series of smaller, easily solved problems. The key is to start somewhere.

Towey Class Dragonfies

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