Second graders were shown a demonstration of contour drawing: a style of drawing which focuses exclusively on the contour outline of any given shape or object. Traditionally, contour drawing is done in ink and without ever removing the pen from the paper until the drawing’s completion.
Students were given a selection of artificial flowers and instructed to draw only the contour outline of any chosen flower. While artists often attempt this type of drawing as a practice exercise to help create a stronger visual connection between eye and hand, students were allowed to use pencil to help them correct their mistakes, as necessary. Many, however, preferred to use a pen without the aid of a pencil and eraser.