This week I brought in decorative gourds to share with the third graders. So far Mrs. Sheridan’s class has drawn gourd studies using pencil and Sharpie. Each table received a tray with two different gourds. Students were allowed to move around to each table to see different gourds throughout the class. We looked carefully at every detail and tried to draw our gourds realistically. Some of the things we paid attention to include the spacing of the ribs, the texture of the gourd, and the fact that the stem would be placed differently depending on the angle of the gourd. Next week we will use wet-on-wet watercolor technique to paint our gourd studies.