Everyone loves cats! This project is an easy introduction to using the grid method to draw. The cat is a simple drawing that sets the children up for success. Younger children can follow a step-by-step drawing.
The lesson covers blending and layering techniques for working with colored pencils. Working small (6 x 9”) is an effective way to teach students to use colored pencils with beautiful results.
Creating a frame in metal tooling is an easy way to learn how to emboss, and it’s a pretty finish for the project. Of course, the frames are optional if metal tooling is not in your budget.
This is a great opportunity to tie in art history, social studies, and literature. Students learn about the role of cats in ancient Egypt. We take inspiration from a cat sculpture in the Egyptian collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as illustrations by Christina Balit in the beautiful book, Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, & Mortals from National Geographic Kids.
Included in this project are a gridded line drawing of a cat, a step-by-step drawing guide, a colored pencil warm-up sheet, a handout of Egyptian patterns for the metal tooling and a detailed photo tutorial for all of the steps.
Supplies needed: colored pencils, gold metallic colored pencils, 6 x 9” black drawing paper, rulers (optional), gold tone aluminum for tooling (38 gauge), and wooden styluses or dull pencils.
The 18-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Fun Facts About Cats in Ancient Egypt + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-Information About the Cat Statue and Egyptian Ceiling Patterns
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing
-Colored Pencil Techniques
-Creating the Frame in Metal Tooling
-Student Gallery, Grades 5-6
-Reference Photo of Egyptian Patterns from The Met
-Gridded Line Drawing of a Cat
-How to Draw a Cat, Step-by-Step
-Colored Pencil Warm-Up
-Pattern Handout for Metal Tooling
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