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1st Grade – Art Folders inspired by Rousseau!

1st Grade – Art Folders inspired by Rousseau!

This lesson is inspired by Henri Rousseau’s painting, Surprised! Storm in the Forest. I love this lesson for many reasons… First, the results are always great. Β Second, it is a great directed drawing lesson for first graders…. they all draw the same steps to complete a whole tiger, but they have no assistance, and feel proud and great at the end! Β Which results in my favorite reason I love this project… It is a creative confidence boost! Β You know they’re proud when they work so hard to make it look fabulous!


Pencil first… We draw a tiger based on Ed Emberley. Β U-shape head, long nose… then I showed them how to draw the tiger looking like he is crouching, ready to pounce. To do that we draw 2 paws, (large potatoes) at the bottom of the page, Draw the body from paw, all the way around to other paw. Then hind legs on each side, tail… voila!

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Draw the green grass and branches hiding the tiger direct with green markers.

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Color in the leaves with crayon.

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Outline and color in the tiger!

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I would like to add… I do not think there is anything wrong with a directed drawing lesson for young elementary students. Β They have no strategies of how to draw unless they follow steps a few times. Β Once they understand how to look at something and break it down into simple shapes… Β And realizing there are millions of ways to draw something, they will have the tools and confidence to do it without directions. Β I always say, “YES” when a student wants to draw something differently. A project like this, they usually are not changing much, they want it to look similar. Β They drew 100% of their tiger by themselves, which for some, was a huge accomplishment!


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  • Unknown
    Posted at 11:34h, 08 December Reply

    Wonderful ! ! !

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