Moonlit Bats

7:04 AM


I haven't meant to be m.i.a. from blogging for several weeks. We put our computer in the shop 3 weeks ago and have yet to the get green light that it has been repaired. Enter my two wonderful brothers, who generously purchased a laptop for an early birthday gift. Thanks Dave and Scott!

The day before Halloween I had my new group of K-4th graders create these Egyptian Slit-Faced Bats using charcoal. The backgrounds were created with oil pastel moons, watercolor skies and acrylic branches. To add extra fine spooky branches they could use Sharpie as well. I gave the children several options for creating a spooky watercolor backdrop for their bats, (including a yellow, orange and gray dusk/dawn effect), but it was blue/black skies all around. The last touch was to use white chalk to add moonlit highlights on their tree branches.

3 comments:

  1. What did you use to reference the bat drawing?

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    1. I had a "How to Draw Cool Stuff" book by Doug Dubosque. But you can find the shorter version "Draw Desert Animals" which includes the Egyptian Slit-faced bat on Amazon. Often I just find a picture of an animal online and break it down into steps myself.

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