I got the giraffe and zebra idea here http://josettebrouwer.edublogs.org/2011/01/15/second-grade-giraffes/ and here http://marymaking.blogspot.com/2010/03/zebra-and-giraffe-safari-portraits.html then added to it for my other grades. Here is how I broke it down.. Ist grade made lions, 3rd grade made Giraffes, 4th grade made zebras and 5th grade made elephants. We did a practice drawing first then right into painting for 3rd and 4th. My 5th grade folded a 12 x 18 pc of paper into 6 squares and practiced drawing an elephant. The 1st graders were given a circle to trace and then fill in w/ brown paint. We added the torn paper for the mane and the following week added the other details. Below you will see some of the hand outs I used. I also showed videos and photographs of the animals to show the students. I was really please with elephants. I asked them to pretend they had a camera and they were going to show how tight they zoomed in on the elephant. Would it be a frontal or profile view? Would we see the entire body and head or only a close up of the face? The results were amazing!
As an Art Educator I wanted to create a blog that had links to site and blogs that I thought would be helpful to other art teachers. You will also find links to my weekly lesson plans. The lessons may have been created by me or they may be a twist on others teachers ideas. As Art Educators we all have the same goal ..to Make Art Work in the classroom! Enjoy and thanks for reading :)!
Art provides unique opportunities to explore and develop ways of knowing, doing, and being. As such, art, as a core subject, …is a critical component in the development of every child and in multiple ways permeates every aspect of human existence. –U.S. Department of Education