Be Curious - Draw a Leaf or Flower

What is a viewfinder?




A viewfinder helps you to choose which part of the subject you’re going to draw; it can also be used for isolating a small section from a larger object. Its border blocks out the area surrounding your viewpoint, making it easier to focus on the view.


About this activity:

  • If you've done the previous exercise ’Draw a Scene' you'll have walked round a park or garden and looked at the scenery. For this activity you’ll look at details that you may not have noticed on your first visit for example, the shape of a leaf, the centre of a flower, the textures and colours of tree bark


  • If you haven't already done this exercise, you may like to refer to our ’Notice What You Like Part 1’ activity for more ideas on observation and looking closely 

Step 1: Getting started 

  • Spend some time in strolling around a park or garden, and select a subject to draw. If you’re in the park, try to do the drawing away from busy areas but in a safe place
  • Move the viewfinder over the subject until you find an interesting ‘view’ If you can, leave the viewfinder in place as it will be easier to make your drawing
  • Draw a small rectangle or square (12 x 10 cm, or 12 x 12 cm, or similar) onto your paper – this is the outline or frame for your drawing. Relate the shape to the viewfinder’s window, for example, a rectangular window = a rectangular frame for the drawing
  • When making drawings from a small, detailed subject, it can be easier to make the drawings ‘larger than life’ - so make the outline on your paper slightly larger than what you can see through the viewfinder
  • Look closely at the subject before you start to sketch, and keep looking at it for more information as you draw
  • Make several drawings, perhaps of the same subject matter, moving the viewfinder slightly each time you start another drawing, so you have a sheet of slightly different views of the same subject Or look at something completely different – it’s up to you!
  • If you like a drawing, colour it in before moving on to your next sketch, have fun – the colours don’t have to be exactly the same as your subject - this is your own individual interpretation



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