|Elmer by David McKee|
For this project the students had to think more abstractly. The first part of the project was to draw the outline of an animal. We had already practiced drawing animals for the previous project. This time they were instructed to keep the animal simple and not add much detail.
Next the students drew lines through the entire page from "edge to edge". The type of line was their choice (curvy, straight, zig-zag etc...) but the lines needed to cut through the animal. Then they traced over all the pencil lines with a black sharpie. When they were finished the image looked kind of like a jigsaw puzzle.
Next the students used watercolor pencils to color in each of the newly created shapes. They were also instructed to limit their color palette to only four colors. The hardest part was getting them to color the new shapes and not look at the image as an animal and a background.
The students who finished in time had the option of brushing water over the colored areas to activate the pencils in order to create a watercolor effect.
Here are some examples of the finished products