Be Curious - Draw a Leaf or Flower

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Draw a Leaf or Flower

"I didn't know what to think about the painting (from the 'Art Appreciation' activity) when I first saw it. But hearing the expert, listening to others and trying to come up with my own thoughts about it has given me the confidence to have my own opinions."

Boost mood with this short outdoor activity. Look closely at details in nature and draw what you see.

This activity can be used as a starting point for our Felt Making activity.

Wellbeing benefits:

Think clearly
Improve decision making
Notice surroundings

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to appreciate and enjoy things in my life more.

Length:

30 minutes.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with others.

Where can I do this activity?

Outdoors.

How often can I do this activity?

Make drawings of the same flower or leaf at different times of its life cycle, noting how it’s appearance changes over time.  For example, an oak leaf would be a fresh light green in early spring, turning to gold and then crispy brown later in the year.

Use the drawing as inspiration for a design when creating a hand-made felt.

What do I need?

  • A leaf or flower, or anything detailed – as you won’t be able to pick flowers in a park - select one that’s close to a bench 
  • A sketchbook, or paper and something to lean the paper on while you’re drawing
  • Pencils, crayons or felt tip pens,
  • Eraser
  • Plastic carrier bag to sit on if it’s been raining
  • Viewfinder - A viewfinder is optional, but helps you to choose which part of the subject you’re going to draw. See our ‘Making and using a viewfinder' activity for how to make one

Did you know?

Recent research shows that even as little as five minutes exercising in a park, working in a garden, walking in countryside, or even sitting in a plant-filled environment will benefit our mental health.

"I went to a park near me that I hadn't been to before. It was nice sitting there and looking at what was around me. There is so much beautiful detail when you stop and look!"

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