“There are people who can achieve huge success in life, while adding a bit of fun and a splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.” -Peter James
Check out these cute giraffes, a fun activity to start off the day! All you need to give your students is a pre-cut giraffe figure with yellow and pink construction paper. Then, you can prepare smaller rectangles of different colours for your little ones to cut into small strips. Dont’ forget the spots too- Glitter or scrunched up tissue paper would look amazing : )
Duration: 15-30 min
– Assorted Construction Paper
– Black Permanent Marker
– Tissue Paper
“A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking.
Its trust is not on the branch, but on its wings.”
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
– Shading Pencils
– Pencil Crayons (optional)
Shading 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.
Looking for a simple animal craft activity? Take a look at these cute foxes that we made on Earth day! All you need is some assorted construction paper and pre-cut blue circles for the earth. You can also add a tree or plant beside the character to give it more context and colour.
Duration: 20 – 40min
– Construction Paper
-> Body (orange, black, white)
-> Earth (blue)
->Tree/Plant (brown and other colours)
– Green Tissue Paper
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” -Jessica Guidobono
There is definitely a healing process that goes on when you create something about yourself. When I was young, I loved to draw “me” with my friends and family members. Later in high school, I found that my favourite art projects were always the ones where I got to express aspects of my personality.
So every year, I ask my students to create a self-portrait. It’s not just a great way for me to know my students better, but a tool to help children build their self-image, self-esteem and find joy in expressing themselves. After all, art is about self-expression!
This All About Me Project consists of a short and simple description that young children can fill in to describe themselves. If you like my template, you can download it here: All About Me- Description
Duration: 20-30 min
– Crayons or Pencil crayons
– Tissue paper