The middle schoolers really dug into this project at Luther Burbank! They were shown botanical prints and asked to choose a plant in the garden, observe it and sketch it as accurately as possible at its different life stages. They were asked to take into account shape, size, pattern, texture and color. The project emphasizes observation, focus, the parts of the plant and its life cycle, drawing, and taking a project through to completion, the feeling of “I did that”. Many kids told me they were not good at drawing but by the end of the project I could tell that was not true in even one single instance! Another benefit was that while the students were observing/sketching, they were able to observe any insects or wildlife that visited or lived on the plant. Check out these really wonderful drawings.