I must say this has been the learning experience for Mom. Who knew there was such a thing as an ebony pencil? And that paint brushes come in numbers, with different tips and specialized for different types of paint? I’m pure tempera paint and sponges all the way!
Anyways, assignment #1, with an ebony pencil, is supposed to be a scene in everyday life. Esmé pinned it with a buck eating grapes – a regular occurrence in our yard over the past few weeks. I think this one is my favorite – I just love the little white tail stripe. And the spider web in the vine.
Second assignment – a watercolor exercise in imagination. This puffy-headed Chihuahua grows on one, I think. I think the imaginary part is that Esmé will ever own one of these while living in our household.
And third assignment – another ebony pencil one, this time on an object from nature. Esmé chose to draw "the beautifulest flower," a daffodil, complete with roots, set against a mountainous backdrop. She was rather annoyed that I suggest she stick with the ebony pencil rather than add yellow, so you’ll see a bit of attitude (in the form of rain) in this one. I told her to go ahead with the yellow if she wanted, but she refused to “break the rule.”
And now, for poetry! Week Five in our poetry series was Poetry Crafts and Games. We decided to play Five Senses: picking an object and describing it using all the senses. Esmé picked the butterfly, and here is what she came up with:
Backward B, forward B, brilliant blue B
Sounds like nothing
Smells like nothing
Tastes like nothing (EWWW!)
Velvet wings and ticklish feet.
And of course, her illustration to accompany the poem:
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
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