Welcome teachers, parents and friends...

Welcome teachers, parents and friends...
Have a look around to see what's going on in art class at Bradfield!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Elephant Underwear

When you are a kid, or an adult for that matter, there aren't too many things funnier than an elephant in underpants.

That is why Chinatsu Ban's elephant paintings and sculptures are perfect for teaching contemporary art to kids. I look forward to this lesson each year. I love hearing all of those six year old giggles and seeing them get so excited about contemporary art. Who knew serious art could be so hilarious?

For this project you will need:
  • some sort of heavy weight paper that is good for painting on
  • crayons or oil pastels
  • watercolor paint
  • glue
  • any collage items that you think will be fun to use (glitter, fabric, torn paper, etc. )

Below are some examples of beginning pencil drawings.
They drew a pattern on the underpants and colored them with crayons.

To draw the elephant, I get them started by demonstrating how to draw a big oval for the body and a circle for the head. Then I show them images of real elephants in books and then they come up with their own details.

We will be adding paint and collage next week.
I'll post more pictures as they progress.

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