What are the NatureSketch kids drawing in this photo?? Read on to find out....
Toronto Botanical Garden was the location of this week’s session of Junior NatureSketch. The beautiful gardens and wooded ravine provided the ideal backdrop for the young artists to connect with nature and record small wonders in their sketchbooks.
Horticultural technician Sally Girdler from the Parks & Forestry department began the class by speaking about butterfly species found locally and the host plants which support them. Sally and the children also discussed some of the unique adaptations that butterflies have developed so they can thrive and avoid predators.
To get a closer look at actual butterfly habitat, we hiked up the slopes of Wilket Creek Ravine to TBG’s outdoor classroom called the Teaching Garden. At the Teaching Garden, there’s a lush abundance of native plants which provide nourishment for butterflies as they move through different stages of their development. There’s also a vegetable patch where harvested produce is donated to the food bank.
This week’s art lesson was on Shapes - how to recognize basic shapes in nature and use that as a starting point when creating a sketch. The Common Milkweed’s seedpod was the perfect subject to practice on; its basic shape resembles a rain drop.
Chance encounters with wildlife are always memorable, and our highlight moment came during a stop for a group photo beside a massive stump. By perfect coincidence, there resting on the trunk (at the children’s eye level) was a spectacular dragonfly which remained perfectly still for the kids to sketch!
The fun & sketching continued back at the TBG library where the young artists were shown how to draw butterflies starting with basic shapes. Everybody did a great job and made wonderful drawings!
Thank you to Sally Girdler and volunteer Jessica Krecklo Naidu for spending the day with the Jr. NatureSketch kids!
Special thanks to Toronto Botanical Garden for providing space for the children to learn and draw.
Happy Nature Sketching!