Intrigue students by showing them the first step of an animal—the gray reduction that is not yet recognizable. Then show the next steps until they say “It’s a ___!”
- First sketch in pencil very lightly the parts of your animal. Then have kiddos stop.
- Discuss painting in gray with the tippy toe of your brush for thin lines. Paint the outline.
- As a class, use black to create each appropriate limb, eyes, etc. It is fast!
- The most important part is to stop when it is done! Students might like to freely paint the frame around their picture to look like a design, bamboo, fish, etc. for the end of class.
- Print name legibly on the front of the paper (at least an inch from the edge so the name will not be cut off).
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