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Lesson 6: Inventing an Imaginary Plant


Visual Texture

Students will finish their drawing of their imaginary plant, adding small details and visual textures.

Grade Level

2 & 3


Drawing / Oil Pastels


Imaginary Plants

Big Idea

Artists are inspired by the world around them.

Essential Question

How is drawing from imagination different than drawing from observation?

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Materials and Tools

  • Drawing from a previous lesson
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Oil pastels


Step 1

Students will go back into their drawing and add smaller shapes and details.

Step 2

Students will imagine how it will feel to touch the different parts of their plant, and will use lines and marks to represent visual texture.

Step 3

Students will mix colors to finish their drawing.

Reflection Questions for Discussion

Imagine that you are a scientist and you have just discovered your extraordinary plant growing somewhere in the world. Write a news report introducing your new plant to the world!

Use the following discussion or writing prompt to tell us about your plant.

  • What is your plant’s name?
  • What are this plant’s distinctive characteristics?
  • What do these characteristics allow the plant to do?
  • How does your plant smell?
  • What size is your plant?
  • Where was your plant found?




Hipkiss. Bulwark, detail from The Towers. 2017, Graphite, silver ink, silver tape, and metal leaf on Fabriano 4 paper, 89 x 16”, each.