Drawing Vegetables: Above & Below in the Garden

Drawing Vegetables: Above & Below in the Garden

This drawing activity for youngsters about drawing vegetables above and beneath in the garden is from Drawing Workshop for Kids by Samara Caughey.

Updated March 2022

I really like the visual representation of points taking place above and beneath the ground. And it’s specifically intriguing to draw what’s taking place underground, exactly where a single cannot ordinarily see.

These representations reveal the mystery of the underground along with the small creatures that may well be living there.

What age do I encouraged for observational drawing? I uncover that young children as young as 5 get excited to draw from genuine life.

This drawing activity delivers a wonderful way to speak to young children about composition for the reason that the artwork is separated into two sections and is featured in my new book!

Kids Drawing Ideas: Drawing Workshop for Kids by Samara Caughey

This book evokes a feeling of calm concentration from the youngsters challenging at work in these gorgeous workshops. I can’t wait to get began drawing with my personal son.

–Rachel Withers, Editorial Manager for The Artful Parent

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For the drawings:

  • Root vegetables – radishes, beets, carrots, turnips and so on.
  • Pencil
  • Watercolor paper about 12”X9”
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Thin paintbrush
  • White glue (I give glue in compact cups along with brushes. Those squeeze bottles can be frustrating as they clog conveniently and can be hard to squeeze. Glue stick will work, also.)
  • Scissors
  • Drawing paper 12”X9” 90lbs
  • Magnifying glass (optional)

For the rubbings:


  1. Observe the vegetables

    Lay the vegetables out on the table. Allow the youngsters to engage with them by feeling and searching at the ones that interest them. The youngsters will most likely talk about which vegetable the like or don’t like, along with the colors and size.

    I assume chatting and drawing is such a meaningful pairing.

    kids drawing ideas observing root vegetables_samara caughey

  2. Draw the vegetables

    Invite the young children to decide on at least 4 vegetables to draw onto the watercolor paper. They could possibly decide on 4 carrots or 4 radishes or a mixture of all the veggies.

    child drawing root vegetables_samara caughey

    Draw with a B pencil (which performs properly for this artwork for the reason that it tends to make darker marks that can be observed even below the watercolor paints.)

    The veggies can be placed anyplace on the paper for the reason that they will be reduce out later.

  3. Add colour

    kids drawing ideas adding watercolor_samara caughey

    When completed drawing, the young children can use watercolor pencils to colour in the vegetables. Don’t wet the pencils for this project. but add water with a compact paintbrush immediately after filling in the vegetables and greens with the watercolor pencils.

    The young children delight in the transformation of the pencil marks to spreading colour.

    children making rubbings on tree_samara caughey

  4. Create the rubbings

    Allow the watercolor drawings to dry and start work on the rubbings.

    Encourage the young children to appear about the property or outdoors to uncover textures for the rubbings. Walls, sides of baskets, backs of chairs that may well have a pattern, trees, sidewalks, and brick buildings all are wonderful sources of patterns for rubbings.

    Show the young children how to lay the paper onto the texture. Use the flat, extended side of the charcoal stick or Conte crayon and rub it more than the paper. The youngsters can gather as a lot of textures as they like to fill their complete piece of paper.

    cut out vegetables_samara caughey

  5. Cut the vegetables

    Now the young children can reduce out their vegetables. (I help the younger young children with this step as vital.)

    adding vegetables to garden background_samara caughey

  6. Create the garden collage

    It’s time to collage the garden all collectively. Ask the young children to spot the drawing paper in a vertical orientation.

    gluing vegetables to garden drawing_samara caughey

    Cut the paper rubbing to the very same size as the bottom half of the paper. Children are welcome to rip a single side to mimic the roughness of the major layer of ground.

    Wait to give glue in order to let for the freedom to move the components about, which is an essential portion of the method. Encourage the young children to move their vegetables about a bit. Then take a step back from the collages to appear at it ahead of gluing the pieces in spot.

    garden drawing ideas_samara caughey

  7. Add garden specifics

    Encourage the young children to build bugs with paper, pencils or markers. They can add bugs that live underground or bugs that fly in the sky.

    The extremely final step is the glue.  For this project it is ideal if the glue is pasted onto the veggies alternatively of the paper and then placed.

finished vegetable kids drawing ideas_samara caughey

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