On Wednesday we took the girls to the Tulsa zoo. We gave them each one of my art pads and let them try out different mediums, like charcoal pencils. They drew pictures of Alaskan natives in an igloo and a beautiful rock waterfall.
Gloria really liked experimenting with smudging the charcoal, although she doesn't understand the idea of "shading" just yet. The drawing she's holding in this picture started out as a drawing of the Alaskan man, but she decided to turn it into the woman instead. They were both so cute sitting cross-legged on the floor inside the igloo intently working on their drawings. I gave them an art gum eraser to use on their pictures and showed them how to use it to clean the charcoal off their hands, too. We plan to take more "art field trips" in the future.