I usually like to spend more time on the basic elements by doing a few warm-up lessons on color, line, shape and pattern prior to beginning a final project but due to time constraints I tried to get the job done in a one hour lesson using a worksheet I made up. We briefly went over color (primary and secondary), line (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, thick, thin, curvy, straight etc....) shape (geometric and organic) and then practiced creating patterns and textures in preparation for the final projects.
On day two we looked at examples of animal artwork done by various artists and discussed how drawing animals could be made less complicated by starting with simple shapes to get the proportions and basic animal shape and then refining the drawings by erasing unnecessary lines and adding detail. We drew several animals as a class and then I encouraged them to try drawing an animal of their own.
On the fourth day we talked about the element of art "space" and discussed how they could create an illusion of space in their artwork. We added overlap, foreground, middle ground and background to their vocabulary list and then they went to work creating a background for their animals. They used a sheet of construction paper the same color as their animal and sketched in elements of their animals habitat before adding color with oil pastels.
The final step of the project was adding some low relief by gluing layers of foam between the animal and the back ground.
Their finished artwork. I think they're fabulous!