This lesson was a huge success in my art classes. The structure of drawing from a photograph combined with the freedom in designing the background appealed to all students.
Fourth graders drew an eagle in profile by working from a photograph. They added a patriotic background that included stars and stripes, and red, white and blue. Students worked with oil pastels on black paper.
Tracy Albert, from May Whitney School in Lake Zurich, developed this lesson.
First grade owl in a tree using oil pastels and folded paper.
Craypas and kindergarteners can turn a great idea into a smeary mess! This beautiful flower still life was done by a kindergartener with craypas-and no smears. As always, students were instructed to keep their hands from resting on the paper. The secret to the success was the use of velour paper. The texture helped keep the oil pastels from smearing. Kids loved working on the soft paper. Best of all, every drawing was absolutely beautiful.