Time: 2-4 class periods
Materials: Pencil, paper, marker/pen
In this project students follow along with the teacher and draw the outline of a creature or animal. Then we draw lines inside the animal to create different shapes. Within each shape students use a pen or marker to create a unique pattern that fills that specific shape. Once all the shapes within the animals are filled in with unique patterns, we use graphite to add the shadows in/around the creature to give them a little 3D effect.
Here's a timelapse video of the process from the teacher example:
The process is very simple and easy, but also requires patience and some thought and creativity to invent new patters. The animals/creatures turn out well and each one looks different from the others. I did the projet with 4th graders but, it could definitely be appropriate for higher grades as well.
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