Seems like drawing a pepper can't be that hard but for an elementary school child it is a feat. If you tell them to draw an apple that you place in front of them, without looking at the apple or without hesitation they begin drawing what they think an apple is. Perhaps a circle with a stem, maybe even a leaf hanging from the stem. But I wasn't asking her to draw what she thinks a pepper looks like but a very specific pepper.
I was met with a bit of frustration and a lot of doubt. "But I don't know what a pepper looks like!" So I literally had to lay my fingers on each curve of that pepper. Draw that curve! How about this curve? Is it flat, or bumpy? Which direction does the line go? With a lot of coaxing, she started to understand what i was asking her to do. Literally draw what you see and we finally got to the shading. The whole point of this exercise. Squint your eyes! Which is the darkest area? Which is the lightest? Go darker...go lighter. Eventually she created this beautiful replica of a pepper. As for her assignment for this week: she had to pick a fruit and draw it in her sketchbook and shade it as she sees it.