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Ok, I rained it in!
A simple observation. Pupils arranged their fruit in a bowl or on their table and we set about learning to draw from primary observation. To start pupils really struggled to get the scale correct and I ended up with a range of miniature observational fruits, all of which would be to hard to paint successfully. We looked at objects that are the same scale as the fruit we were drawing, and that we could draw around to help us get the correct scale and then worked from these to get the rest of the proportion correct.