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William the Hippo

First graders were introduced to the art of ancient Egypt.  They learned about pyramids and mummies.  They learned that William, the cute blue hippo found in a tomb, was actually feared by ancient Egyptians.  Hippos would hide in the Nile, then flip unsuspecting boats that came near.  They also came on shore and trampled precious crops.  William was found with his legs broken to prevent him from doing harm in the afterlife. Students drew a hippo by combining large, simple shapes for the body, head, and legs.  They drew on the back.  As they cut, they remembered to STOP when a line bumped into another line so no parts were cut off.  They drew the details with a Sharpie on the clean side. A cut paper border of Egyptian colors was inspired by Egyptian artwork.

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Under the Sea with K/1

After designing new beach towels, my youngest artists were eager to create an underwater scene.  They drew with Crayola markers on 9″ x 24″ paper.  We started with a flowing line of sand at the bottom, then added a long, flowing line for the water.  I demonstrated how to draw

seaweed and a crab.  Students referred to drawing books for pictures of jellyfish, turtles, shells, fish, etc.  Students were asked to fill the space with a variety of objects,  add interesting details, and use their best lines.  This idea came from another wonderful blog.  Please let me know if you are the author.