March 24, 2011

Becoming Scientific Illustrators

This week we are dwelling in the world of flowers and plants.  I told the children I knew a "scientific illustrator" - a person who draws illustrations of nature.   We had our own bean plants growing and I took one and displayed the roots, stem, and leaves.    I told them we were going to be "scientific illustrators" and draw/label a flower plant.   We looked at photographs in books at the parts of real flowers and compared it to our bean plant.

They were so excited when we began drawing.  They kept telling me more to add to the drawing - such as the sun, dirt and rain!  One student inquired, "How do the plants stand up with out falling over?"  We observed the plant we had removed from the soil.  "What do you think?"   It was amazing - they knew!  It was the root system that "anchored" the plant.

Materials needed:  sharpies and cardstock for the drawing, watercolors

Here's how to draw this illustration:

Step One:  Draw a horizon line.  Put the seed in dirt.

Step Two:  Give the seed a solid root system.  Draw these like little wiggly worms.

Step Three:  Add the stem that has grown up out of the seed!  Use two lines to make the stem.

Step Four:  Make a circle at the top of the stem.  Add the pollen as dots.  Add the petals as ovals.

Step Five:  Finally, let's add two leaves.  I like making pointy ovals.

Step Six:  Label the roots.

Step Seven:  Label the seed.

Step Eight:  Label a leaf.

Step Nine:  Label the stem.

Step Ten:  Label the flower, sun, rain and dirt.

Step Eleven:  Watercolor!


  1. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! We are getting into planting seeds so will have to try to make these here, too.
    Love the paper flowers project you posted about too. So colorful and pretty.
    Enjoy your weekend,

  2. I love your kid’s artwork! I just recommended your blog on my site. Thanks for sharing your creativity!! What’s the name of the flowers in your header? I purchased some this past week and they’re beautiful!!

    Primary Graffiti

  3. I love how unique every drawing is. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  4. very cute love the painting and teaching all in one! will star this in google so we can use it later (and link back to you!)

    new follower great blog!

  5. Thank you for sharing this idea! We start our Plants unit on Monday!


  6. This is a great idea. I am so glad I found your blog!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  7. I love the idea of designating kids as "scientific illustrators"! Love the illustrations,too! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at



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