I think I noticed a lot more detail by drawing it. I also realized that I couldn't quite capture the way the bird was standing on the branch. The yellow warble that I drew looked awkward. The color of the lichen was also challenging for me. I feel it would be easier to draw something that was standing still, though, than if it had been moving. So the photo exercise worked for me!
1. I find inspiration in nature, but I don't always remember those inspirations specifically. I want to be able to record my experiences in nature in a more effective way. Also, I'm a 7th grade life science teacher, and I want my students to be intrigued and inspired by the world around them. We made our own nature journals last year in our life science and life science/STEM classes, but I feel the need to broaden my ideas. My students sometimes feel intimidated by the art part. I want to get better at explaining that to them so they can feel proud of their own accomplishments. Science and art are both about observation. It's an advantage to have an understanding of both.