Stuffed Animal Portraits
Do you remember doing this when you were a kid? I've been collecting stuffed animals for just this project and it paid off. To start the lesson we looked at animal portraits and reviewed how to find and draw shapes when drawing from real life. To get a pet animal students had to close their eyes and be surprised (eliminating much of the drama of who gets what). Students drew with pencil in one class period and water colored during the next class. On our third day together we had a class critique where students got the chance to review the steps and talk about their work.