Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nutcracker Noel's Dancing Partner

I took this originally from an Usborne art book called "What shall I draw today?"

First I gave the students a triangle and circle template to control the outcome on the size of the figure.(You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

When the drawing is complete, have the children outline the lines with black sharpie marker and then color in with markers and chalk pastels. With older students you can emphasize light sources and how to add shadows and highlights.
The sample at the top was done with chalk pastel pencils and marker on pink paper, but you could also do a simple variation with a glue and pastel technique on black paper. All the above steps would be the same except instead of outlining with black sharpie marker, have the kids go over their lines with glue. Wait for it to dry- a day or so and then color in with chalk pastel.

These dancers also bring to mind those favorite subjects of Degas.

For more information on Edgar Degas, check out these great links and resources...

ArtSmarts for Kids
National Gallery of Art


Tisha Smith said...

Well Miss Julie, This little dancer couldn't be anymore darling. Thanks for sharing:)

natty241 said...

this is such a cute project for the holidays. i have alot of kids who don't celebrate christmas that this would be good for since they can't make trees or snowmen or anything like that.

Tisha Smith said...

Hi Again,
I finally posted the pics of this lesson, which we did earlier this spring. The kids LOVED it - thanks again for your inspirations. You can see pics here-


Anonymous said...

This is amazing! Keep up the good art!
Phoebe age 12