Thursday, 20 March 2014

Giraffes Can't Dance

 I've had my eye on this lesson for a while now.  I've spotted it a few times on the internet and the pictures look fun to do.

Its based on the book, Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae with illustrations by Guy Parker - Rees (who was our artist of the week - click here for further information)

I used the lesson plan by Patty at Deep Space Sparkle as inspiration (her lessons are always so good!) with a few changes here and there.

What you need:
  • A3 cartridge paper - two per student
  • blue, green, yellow and white paint
  • bamboo sticks
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • silver paint or pens
  • yellow and orange / brown liquid watercolors
  • Black permanent markers
  • Pencils
  • scrap paper to practice on
  • Silver glitter (optional)
  • Giraffe photos (optional)

How to:
Week One
  • Read the book
  • Do a guided drawing of a giraffe on the whiteboard
  • Get the children to follow along and then on a practice piece of paper get them to draw giraffes in different dancing positions
  • When they are happy with one get them to copy this onto the A3 cartridge paper, first in pencil then go over lines with black permanent marker
  • Colour in using yellow liquid watercolour with orange / brown as spots
  • Leave to dry
  • For the background - ask them to draw a moon and a line across the bottom for the grass in pencil
  • Paint the grass area yellow
  • Paint the sky blue, ensuring they leave out the moon
  • Paint the moon with white paint (new brush) then go around it in circles to create the lighter blue area around the moon
  • Paint over the yellow grass with green paint
  • Scratch in grass and flowers with bamboo skewers
  • Leave to dry

Week Two
  • Cut out dancing giraffe and glue onto background
  • Add stars with silver paint or pen
  • Add glitter to stars (optional)
The Results:
These make me smile ...... Didn't they do a good job!  Giraffes are pretty hard to draw for 5-9 year olds yet they took on the challenge and I love what they did.  Yes a few boys drew the giraffe landing on his head (that's boys for you) and some of the girls added pink tutus (that's girls for you).


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