Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Drawing Update

As I have written before, N. loves to draw and spends lots of time every day drawing.  He especially loves to draw buildings, and over the past 6-8 months he's drawn many many buildings that exist in the  imaginary world about which he tells long elaborate stories.
Two houses for sale in N's imaginary world
N's own caption explains this imaginary building.
As you can see, Tim has been using N.'s drawings to encourage him to practice handwriting and numbers.  Recently they learned about dates during their random encyclopedia reading, so N. drew a date tree and wrote an amazing fact he learned about date trees.  There are...
1,700 dates on one cluster of fruit!

N. has also been doing some drawings of real places recently, either from a photo or from his knowledge of the place.  Here's a drawing based on a photograph of a gorgeous old building in Duluth, MN, The Lyceum, which was demolished in the 1960s.

Our living room (l.) and new kitchen addition
N.'s passion for drawing and for buildings plays a huge role in our commitment to unschooling.  I love that he can spend as much of his day as he wants on this.  Not only is it a fundamentally crucial activity for him -- there is some way in which he simply needs to draw -- but it gives us so many learning opportunities as we study principles of building, the history of architectural styles (which leads to many other areas of history), learning about different cities where his favorite buildings occur, etc.  His art is central to his experience of school, instead of an extra-curricular interest.


Bona Fide Mama said...

holy cow! he's seriously talented. that's incredible. thanks for sharing this.

Jessica said...

Psst--thanks for the article link (re: cancer).

I just printed it, can't wait to give it a read. ;-)