This spring, children have been bringing flowers into each of our classrooms as part of their work to care for their learning environment. Flower arranging is an important seasonal work that invites children to develop fine motor skills through cutting, measuring, and pouring, as well as develop their own aesthetics by arranging the flowers in a vase. To honor and celebrate this work, we invite children to make observational drawings of these arrangements, encouraging close looking and finding familiar shapes and lines in everyday objects.
All children at Hudson Street had an opportunity to visit the Butterfly Garden at Washington Market Park to release the butterflies they helped care for in each classroom, and many were able to visit the park during Art! Whether “en plein air” in the garden or carefully considering flowers in the studio, all children enjoyed the opportunity to draw from life, making these beautiful observational sketches with pencil and watercolor pencils.