1. No students have complained yet this year about sketching.
They will eventually.
My students draw a lot more natural things than those in an average biology class.
Biology is about looking and even if someone is not an artist, a sincere drawing forces observation.
Drawing an Echinacea blossom is a nice way to contemplate what it is.
Just as writing forces you to clean up your logic, drawing forces you to clean up your observational skills.
2. Someone else who advocates observation of an Echinacea: the Sara Arts jigsaw page, invites us to spend a few minutes moving around nature puzzle pieces online. Writes Sara, "As you work the puzzle you have chosen, hopefully you will make some discoveries about the subtleties of natural color." [Tip: re-set the change cut to 12 piece zig zag to boost your puzzle solving self-esteem.]
3. My mom sketched the echinacea flowers above with india ink in her backyard a couple years ago. She was going to toss it out (!). She has more drawings than a front yard has leaves in autumn and she doesn't realize how precious each one is to me sometimes, so last time I was home I rescued it and hung it in my home here in Brooklyn. She likes to make these into watercolors but I like them almost more as just lines on paper because I can more directly see her hand in it. To quote my dad (an artist too) "Your mom never draws straight lines and that's the only thing I can draw."