Blind Contour Drawing

What You Need:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Sheet of drawing paper
  • Black marker

What You Do:

  1. To start off, give your child a piece of white drawing paper and a black marker. Encourage her to slowly draw her hand, concentrating on its outline, while looking at her hand—not at her paper! If she needs to stop to check her work, she has to stop drawing.
  2. Now it’s time to challenge her skills! Place a piece of paper in an open brown paper bag that's lying on its side. Have her put her hand in the bag so she can't see what she's doing and do another contour drawing. No checking her work this time! Tell her not to worry about what the blind contour drawing will look like, but to work slowly and concentrate on connecting her eye movements with her drawing hand.
  3. Now she can take a look at her blind contour drawing. Does it look like her hand?

Encourage her to keep practicing! The more practice she gets, the better her focus and concentration will be, and the more accurate her drawings will become!

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