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    Take a walk outside and draw what you see:  a flower, a leaf, or a branch.  Draw your house, your parent's car, a fence or a tree.  Sit under a tree and draw it looking at the sky.  If your inside, draw anything around you.  Draw a can of soup, a glass of water, or even your room.  If you want to challenge yourself, draw the objects without looking at your paper.  That is called a blind contour drawing.  If you need to look at your paper, keep your pencil still and don't draw again until you look back at the object.  This will help you focus on drawing what you see instead of what you think you see.  If you like to copy other images, turn them upside down.  Again, this will help you draw what you see instead of what you think you see.  For the advanced student, toss a shirt or blanket across a chair and draw and shade the many wrinkles.