Drawing Weeds


It’s the last week of art class and the weather is lovely. For their final project, the 5th and 6th graders did observational drawings of the weeds in our school garden.

Copy paper
Colored pencils

Each student picks one weed from the ground. They should try to keep the root intact. Weeds must be no longer than the paper.

Clip paper to board, then clip top of weed to the left side of the board (left-handed kids should clip weed on the right).

Draw a scale drawing of the weed.
Start with a long stem line. Mark leaf placement with short lines alone the stem line. Then draw the contour of the leaves. Look closely at the leaf veins and draw them. Add flowers and roots. Finally, draw irregularities such as bite marks.

What a fabulous way to end the art year. We practiced our drawing skills and weeded the garden path. Bonus!

Happy summer!




About Rina Vinetz

Hi there! I'm Rina. I teach K-6 art to 400 students at a public school near San Diego, California. I love teaching art and sharing with other art teachers. Thanks for visiting!

2 thoughts on “Drawing Weeds

  1. Nice! I love having kids draw from life, rather than from pictures. But was that lovely flower a weed? Or did that child pull out something that she wasn’t supposed to? 😉

    Anyhow, the kids did a super job! Really nice!

    • Rina Vinetz

      Hi Phyl! That lovely pale pink flower is a Mexican primrose. In our climate they re-seed so easily they are considered invasive (yet Home Depot stills sells them!). I love observation drawing, and was happy to discover the students did as well. Weed drawing was the perfect warm-up. The students were eager to take their clipboards around the garden and draw a plant of their choice.

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