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The Mystic Owl

“A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking.
Its trust is not on the branch, but on its wings.” 235241861000202.jpg

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Materials:
– Paper
– Shading Pencils
– Pencil Crayons (optional)

owlShading projects can be boring sometimes, so I try to find images where students can focus on various shading techniques without worrying too much about drawing the proportions correctly. I chose this owl because it is made up of simple body shapes and intricate details. There are not too many black areas, but a good contrast of dark and light. That way,  students can take the time to experiment with different tones and sizes of their pencil markings without making everything look too dark. 

Variations of this project can be made in the background by introducing other objects and splashes of colour. If this picture is too difficult to imitate, you can also find a more simple drawing (like the image on the top left) or use other animal examples.

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Elephants in Raincoats

Time to dress up for Spring! Although elephants don’t really need raincoats, they look fashionable with them on and students get to have fun creating cool outfits 🙂 

This simple character design activity is easy to follow along and involves colouring, cutting, gluing and creative thinking. It is also encouraged to add props..like the construction worker on the top left who is holding a log with its trunk. 

And..of course, it doesn’t have to be an elephant. You can alter this project to give any character beautiful Spring clothing 😀

Duration: 30 – 40 min

Materials:
– A handout with parts of the outfit: Raincoat & BootsUmbrella
– A tracing sample of the elephant’s body 
– Construction Paper
– Colouring Materials

 

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Gleeful Giraffe

“My favourite animal is the koala, but his life would be boring. I would rather be a giraffe, so that I could contemplate the beauty of Africa.” -Caterina Murino

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Giraffes are cool and really simple to draw! This project combines drawing with oil pastel and watercolour. It’s a wonderful way for young artists to explore a variety of colours, shapes and patterns.

Duration: 30-45 min

Materials:
– Half a sheet of watercolour paper
– Black pen/marker
– Pastels
– Watercolour Paint

Here are some examples:

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My Friendly Lion

“Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind.” – Criss Jami (Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality)

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How about a craft featuring the king of the jungle? 🙂 Making your friendly lion will involve fun painting techniqes and also working with fabric. 

Duration: 45 min- 1 hour

Materials: 
– 1 large paper plate
– Watercolour or acrylic paint
– Black Marker
– Cardboard Paper 
– Fabric (felt, cloth, something furry!)
– Construction paper (orange and yellow)
– Q-tips
– White glue

In this project, I gave each student a pre-cut lion body which was made out of cardboard paper. This way, the lion head will have more support when put together and students can easily decorate the body with construction paper or fabric of their choice. My favourite part about this craft is that children can use Q-tips and paint their own decorations (dots or patterns) on the lion’s head. 

Here are some vibrant examples!

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