Today year 9 took the art classroom outside. The students are doing some direct observational drawings for their new project “A Sense of Place”. The students used viewfinders to select an area of interest to draw, then set their timers to do quick studies in only 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 1 minute. This exercise helped the students to focus on shape and form before moving on to doing their more detailed drawings. It’s always a challenge drawing from life instead of a photo but this method brings energy and originality to the art we create.