Taking inspiration from carved gourds in Chad and other African countries, students create a print of an animal from the Sahara Desert.
The kids learn about calabash gourd art as well as fun facts about the world’s largest desert and what animals can survive there. The children of course love camels, but they are so interested in finding out about some of the other less well-known animals. This project includes step-by-step instructions for drawing 12 different animals: the addax antelope, anteater, cheetah, deathstalker scorpion, desert hedgehog, dorcas gazelle, dromedary camel, fennec fox, golden jackal, monitor lizard, scarab beetle, and secretary bird. The kids love having so many choices!
Next they learn printmaking techniques with craft foam to turn their drawing into a print. I love seeing their faces light up when they pull their prints!
Time Required: 60 minutes.
The 27-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Fun Facts About Animals in the Sahara + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-About the African Calabash
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing and Printing
-Student Gallery, Grades 3-4
-Reference Photo of a Carved Calabash
-12 Handouts on How to Draw 12 Desert Animals, Step-by-Step
-Patterns Inspired by Carved African Calabashes
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