Time for some animal fun!
|Reindeer with Jingle Bell|
I think it is impossible for me to walk through a Book Fair without buying something and our school's recent sale was no exception! I often think, "so many books to read and so little time." One of my "finds" for the art cart was Creature Features by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. They take a close up look at 25 animals and comment about why they have certain unusual features.
I noticed that the illustrator made a point of having white highlights in all the animals' eyes and that that added a spark of life to each illustration. So, with that in mind, the animal drawings began. I always like to try out any lesson before doing it with kids, so this was an experiment in using different media, but I sort of got carried away and did more than one!!
The bearded seal (from the book) makes a good starting point for practice:The seal's body is done with cake tempera.
The eyes and nose are crayon (note the white highlights). I think it helps to make the eyes and nose separately and glue them onto the body. It is easier to make the eyes the same size this way.
It helps to plan this part holding up the paper to the painting.
I thought this was finished . . .
But decided to add cut string to add some dimension to the whiskers.
This project is a nice way to integrate art and science and technology as kids choose different animals and research an unusual fact about their animal. With Google images to capture pictures of animals, the possibilities are endless:))The red-eyed tree frog shows its red eyes when it is startled.
This is crayon with water color resist.
This turkey is a marker sketch with watercolor and acrylic.
And finally, this reindeer is marker eyes and nose with oil pastel and baby oil for the rest.
Did you know that, according to Smithsonian.com some reindeer, native to Arctic regions (scientific name of Rangifer tarandus), actually do have red noses due to a "dense array of blood vessels" located around the nose to regulate their body temperature in their extremely cold habitat?