This Octopus and Squid project is designed to teach overlapping and color blending for students over 8 years old. The sample is done in colored pencil but other media can be used. The project includes a Fact Sheet, which teaches the difference between an octopus and a squid and the structure of their body parts.
There is a Warm Up Sheet for the students to practice the shape of the subject first. There are instructions for the teacher on how to sequence the steps in the lesson so the students can independently achieve their own interpretation of the overlapping tentacles. There are several pages of resource photos for the students to use in order to achieve realistic colors of the subject and background ideas.