Of all of the animals in Africa, the elephant is a favorite, if not the favorite with my students. So this project is perfect for all of the kids who love elephants, with an option to draw a lion or lioness as well.
We start by learning about Henri Rousseau and his paintings. The kids create a background and learn to draw an elephant or a lion. The handouts on how to draw an elephant and lion are key to helping the kids draw an animal they like. We use a mix of media, from chalk pastels to liquid tempera to oil pastels. The children are so engaged working on these paintings, and I love how the multiple layers create such a rich look.
Time Required: 90 minutes + 10 minutes the next class.
The 20-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Artist Spotlight: Henri Rousseau + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing and Painting
-Student Gallery, Grades 3-4
-Reference Photo of The Repast of the Lion by Henri Rousseau
-Reference Close-ups of The Dream by Henri Rousseau
-How to Draw an Elephant in Profile, Step-by-Step
-How to Draw an Elephant Head-on, Step-by-Step
-How to Draw a Lioness or Lion, Step-by-Step
-Handouts for Drawing Plants + a Bird + a Python
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