We worked with Helen this week on drawing using both our outside and inside eyes. Our outside eyes help us to draw things we see, like trees, frogs, and pumpkins. Our inside eye helps us draw what is inside our imaginations, like monsters. Both methods involve looking at something (whether it is something on the table or something inside of us) and making marks on a paper to show what we see. It’s easy to understand that when we draw what is in our imagination we all see different things—a green monster with 3 eyes, or a purple monster with horns. But it is true even when we are looking at the same object. Helen showed us how she might draw the outside, the stem, the creases of a pumpkin, but emphasized that there is not one way to see it, to create it. I grew up drawing pumpkins as orange round balls with a green stem on top. But I am again reminded that children’s ideas are greater than my own as I watch and listen to them drawing. They are all looking at the same pumpkin I am, but they are seeing it uniquely. Some see the bumps on the pumpkin while others focus on the brown spots. Some see bursts. Some are even looking past the shell into the insides.
This is the rotten part.
The rotten part? Is it rotting?
Right here, this brown stuff, it’s the beginning of the rot.
I’m making the lines burst around, because that’s what they do, burst around.
There’s seeds and squish on the inside. You can’t see it now, but it’s there. But if you look really really hard and put your eyball on the pumpkin, you might see it.