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.