I did this project with a group of grade 5 students several years ago. students drew the outline of the animal by following my example - step by step. They decorated the inside with a variety of shapes. Students used warm colours in a variety of tones to colour the picture. Outlining the image with black sharpie marker really helps to make the image pop. For my younger students, I will give them a photocopy of the outlined animal. This year is the year of the horse...how exciting!
Transfer paper can be used to copy any image onto styrofoam. After it has been copied, it can be etched into the styrofoam with a pencil. White paint is applied onto the styrofoam and the image is transferred onto a black peice of paper. For my young students I selected and etched some familiar Australian animals such as, the gecko, a koala bear and a kangaroo. The students applied the paint and stamped it onto their piece of paper. For a bit of "pop" the student coloured the animal with chalk pastel. This idea came from the website " http://www.zartart.com.au/html/gallery.html
This snowman has three circles stacked on top of each other to create the "Birds Eye View" effect. I photocopied three circles on card stock for the younger students. They traced around the circle with oil pastel, then smudged the pastel in towards the center of the circle. Students then cut the circles out and glued them on top of each other. they added accessories on their snowman and some snowflakes. These snowmen look nice in a traditional blue colour, but students in my class were encouraged to try other colours, such as green, pink and yellow. The trick to making it look cohesive is ensuring that the background colour matches the colour of the snowman highlights
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Renee Landry is an Elementary School Teacher in Rothesay, NB.
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