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Wednesday
Oct102012

Bridge Lesson: Draw Your World

Architectural structures in your community
are excellent subjects for children to draw.
Drawing Lesson: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge
I live near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. In 2007, a new bridge was built alongside it. We watched the new bridge go up and learned about bridge construction, which of course, led to a drawing lesson! This lesson is NOT in the Draw Write Now books—the children and I were simply drawing our world!

The perspective in this drawing lesson is from the road deck. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge may not be familiar to you, but the lesson can easily be adapted to another suspension bridge simply by substituting the tower design.

BASIC BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
  • The basic parts of a suspension bridge: towers, main cables, anchorage, suspender cables, road deck.
  • Artistic styles influence engineers whild designing a bridge.
OUR BRIDGE HISTORY
MATERIALS

PREPARE THE PAPER
Paper clip or tape the tracing paper onto the tower template. (The template is removed in Step 6 and the white paper is taped to the back of the tracing paper.)

Draw a Suspension Bridge, Tacoma Narrows

Draw a Suspension Bridge, Tacoma NarrowsStepanie, age 10 Draw a Suspension Bridge, Tacoma NarrowsRachel, age 5

Reader Comments (2)

I met you and your mother years ago at a homeschool fair. I bought all the draw write now books and used them homeschooling and tutoring ever since. They've been to Hawaii, Utah, and now back again. I didn't realize you were from the Pacific NW. Now living on Vashon, I'm quite close to that bridge myself. How I wish I could visit your class and watch you teach.
August 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterGC
GC, I enjoyed sharing our books at the homeschool fairs with my mom! She lived in Northern California all her life, and I'm loving it here in the Puget Sound area. It was so interesting watching them build the second Tacoma Narrows Bridge. ~ Kim
August 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM | Registered CommenterKim Stitzer

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