Students in Ms. Ford's science classes are using their observational skills to look closely as they draw various objects from nature. Besides the obvious benefit of learning to draw, students are learning to slow down and really see as they observe details and proportions. They are taught to draw lightly because first attempts are never perfect and will always require revision. This mindset is useful in other creative endeavors as well. Being comfortable making mistakes and adjusting first attempts are qualities that empower students. This topic has been explored scientifically in articles like this one.
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