Natural History illustration: Primary school drawing workshop

Story posted: Friday, 29. July 2016 by Lizzie Harper

As well as being a natural history illustrator and botanical artist, I’m also a parent and sometimes get asked to go into our local Hay-on-Wye Primary School and draw with the children.  Recently I go to help year 1 (5 – 6year olds) draw “mini-beasts”.

Lizzie Harper natural history and botanical illustrator drawing with children

I’ve got a whole lot of insect specimens that I’ve gathered over the years, including loads encased in Perspex.  These are brilliant for kids as they can examine them closely, but do no damage.

Lizzie Harper Natural history illustrator and botanical illustrator teaches entomological illustration to children

I’m happy for them to use other specimens too – there’s nothing like drawing from life to ignite a child’s imagination and make them work really hard.

Lizzie Harper natural history and botanical illustrator drawing with children

I like to encourage them to use graphite and coloured pencil, as lots of the observed details gets lost once you introduce paint or felt tip.

Lizzie Harper Natural history illustrator and botanical illustrator teaches entomological illustration to children

Some children chose to use oil pastels, and I think these worked well – I do understand that asking someone to illustrate an iridescent green beetle in grey pencil can be frustrating!

Lizzie Harper natural history and botanical illustrator drawing with children

I was really impressed by these children, their concentration spans were excellent, and some got thoroughly lost in the details of the insect legs and markings, which was marvellous.

Lizzie Harper natural history and botanical illustrator drawing with children

I very much hope that me going in with bugs and drawing materials helps then not only develop a passion for all things entomological, but also a love of drawing from life, and for looking carefully at the amazing natural world around them.

Lizzie Harper natural history and botanical illustrator drawing with children

 

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