Jane LaFazio here. I teach kids to draw, just like I teach adults in my "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" classes.
I want them to draw from real life objects (not photos.) I encourage them to really look and draw what they see. First to draw in pencil, then redraw and refine again in pen, then add watercolor.
It's about the experience of being in the moment and really slowing down and focusing.
And keeping a visual record of your life.
These kids are all in the 4th & 5th grade and part of my Mundo Lindo ~ Beautiful World afterschool art program. It's free to the kids. We do all kinds of art. It's one of the things I'm most proud of.