Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wrap Around Snakes









If you're not a fan of step-by-step art lessons, quick look away...avert your eyes! ha :) I have just 4-5 weeks with each of my after school art classes. In that time I try to do a variety of projects: basic art elements, artist or art movement based, technique, ect.. Like many of you I have noticed the kids are a little antsy at this point in the school year. I thought this project would be a fun, attention grabber for my K-4th group. And of course, they would be exploring media, line and shadow in the process.

They followed a step by step drawing lesson(courtesy of "Draw Really Cool Stuff" - judging by the current price, it must be out of print) to create their wrap around snakes. From there they created snake patterns and a tropical habitat for their boa inspired creatures. They could choose watercolors and/or oil pastels to add color. Last, I demonstrated how to trace their lines with charcoal and smudge them to add shadow to their snake and tree to create depth.

3 comments:

  1. Love all the overlapping. Isn't it great to know that in snakes you have chosen a sure fire hit with kids!!

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  2. Mary,

    I always love teaching the "wrap-around" lesson. It makes the kids feel really good about themselves when they "get it". I think the first time I taught it , it was monkey tails. We graduated to snakes and then there was no stopping them! Your students did a great job and I love the colors!

    :)Pat

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  3. What an amazing colorful project.
    I love the wrapping snakes. Your students did a fantastic job.

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