Did you know Sept. 22 is National Elephant Appreciation Day?
This week we celebrated our love and appreciation of these amazing creatures by creating elephant art!
|African elephant sketch|
|Asian elephant setch|
The artists then chose which type of elephant to draw. Our focus was to draw the elephant realistically and really LARGE!
I walked them through the drawing on the dry erase board, using step-by-step instructions that I found on Cartoon Critters. I adjusted the instructions so that they could draw either type of elephant. They drew their elephants lightly in pencil. Next, they traced over the final drawing with a black Crayola marker. (Note: Washable Crayola Markers work best for this project, if you have them).
Now we went over the entire elephant with a wet paintbrush, which allowed the ink to spread and bleed, creating many great shades of gray, like blue-gray, violet-gray, green-gray, and light or dark grays.
Our young artists absolutely loved this step (and so did I)!
|My sample of a festively painted Asian elephant|
While the background dried, they added a bit more marker to define their elephants' skin folds, wrinkles, and edges; then they carefully cut them out and glued them to their background scenes.
Thanks to Fun Art for Kids for this great elephant art project idea! We loved it!