After reading Bubba the Bulldog to my new class, many of the children were interested in making books at the art table. They folded their paper in half to make pages. One child in particular said she wanted to draw a book like Bubba. I thought, this is going to be challenging! I asked her to pick a page that she wanted to draw. I was encouraging her to start with something easy, like the broom. She insisted on drawing Bubba. I really underestimated her! It came out so good! She even wasn't satisfied until she painted the background too!
She didn't really know where to start. The way I helped her was to break the drawing down part by part. First, I asked her what shape his head was and had her draw a circle. Then, I had her turn her paper so that she could draw the eyes sideways to make his head look tilted. We just took each shape by shape, line by line. Sometimes, I would show her with my finger where to draw the line and the path that the line should take. By asking her a lot of questions during this process, I was helping her to think about what she was drawing and why. This will help build her confidence to make these decisions with more certainty in the future. Her picture of Bubba is more representational of the original picture as I have seen in her previous work. This shows that it just takes a little guidance to teach children the skills related to observing that we take for granted!