Friday, October 15, 2010

Squint like a pirate!! (how to use a viewfinder)

Here's my 4th graders working on composing still life drawings in prep for a painting. They love "squinting like a pirate" when using viewfinders to help them compose.

The actual paintings are being done on 18x24" paper and painted with tempera. Students are being given a limited palette and are encouraged to mix. More about that hopefully next week!


  1. I cannot wait to see where the kids take this.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I'm an Art Ed college student in my first elementary school placement. The upper elementary students are working on still life drawings with a viewfinder - and they really struggle!
    The viewfinders are much smaller, maybe 2"x3" and the students must hold it up with one hand and draw with the other. Many lack confidence, have never used a camera with a viewfinder before either.

    I absolutely love the "Squint like a pirate" idea, I'm going to tell this to the students on my next visit. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. I love how big these viewfinders are too! I'm going to try that instead of the 1.5 sheets. Looking forward to seeing what they dream up!