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Shadow drawing

Shadow drawing

Have you ever noticed how our shadows change when we're outside on a sunny day? Well, we can use our shadows to create cool and fun artwork! Shadow drawing is a fun summer activity that lets us be creative and explore our imagination, so let’s find out how to do it!

Shadow drawing

To get started you'll need:

  • Drawing materials – paper, crayons, pencils, or markers 

  • A flat surface to place your paper onto – like a piece of cardboard or a large book 

  • Objects to create interesting shadows like your favourite toys or plants and flowers from the garden 

Shadow drawing

Let's do some drawing!

Step 1: Choose a sunny spot 

Find a sunny spot in your garden where the sun is shining brightly 

Step 2: Position your object 

Select an object you want to create a shadow of. Place it on the ground or flat surface in the sunlight so it casts a shadow over your piece of paper. (You might want to place something underneath to help you draw more smoothly

Shadow drawing

Step 3: Trace the shadow 

Use your crayon, pencil, or marker to carefully trace the outline of the shadow. Make sure to hold the paper still so it doesn't move! You can use rocks to weigh down your paper if it’s a windy day

Shadow drawing

Step 4: Observe the shadow 

Notice how it changes throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. Shadows can become longer or shorter, thinner or wider depending on the sun's position 

Step 5: Keep track of time

See how the shadows change over time, mark the starting  time of your drawing. Then, come back to your drawing every hour or so and see how the shadow has moved or transformed. You can make multiple drawings on the same piece of paper! 

Share photos of your drawings using #DobbiesLittleSeedlings and tag us. We can’t wait to see what you create! 

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