Next students students used black acrylic paint to outline their pencil lines. And oh my gosh did they want to use marker. Even if I did this next time I would still have them use paint because it really helps them work on painting accuracy.
Then students worked on blending oil pastel ( I didn't steer them in any particular direction for their color choices) and filled in their rhinos.
After that we talked about different ways to apply watercolor (a lot of students have never really played with this material before) and then I let them paint their backgrounds the different methods.
I seriously love how these turned out and everyone, every single child in class completed a successful picture. I love when that happens.
Things to note:
Remind students about creating variety with their leaves, have print outs or images on computers where they are able to look at all different types of foliage. I didn't stop students from adding trees or flowers too.
Also mentioning about how it was more than OK to OVERLAP your leaves!
Encourage expression to evoke feelings from the viewer, placement of eyes, and eyebrows play a huge part in this.
Make sure the whole page is covered with color (if that's your thing) I allow my students to use white, they just have to color it in with a white oil pastel.
Have students get up and walk around and look at other student's work every once and a while. This fosters lots of great conversations about art!
What have you been making in your classroom?