I had shown the classes images of a lot of my animal prints, and pointed out how pictures in black and white (or only two colors) can’t rely on color for interest, but have to emphasize texture and pattern. We talked about different kinds of textures and patterns: fur, feathers, scales, spots, stripes, zigzags, realistic textures and more stylized patterns… Then each student picked a New England creature and began to draw their design. That’s as far as I
got with them in one class period, and their art teacher is the one who gets the credit for helping them do such a great job on the project. They eventually transferred their designs to styrofoam sheets, and then finally printed.
You can see in the picture of part of the display wall that many of the kids experimented with different colors of ink and paper for different effects, as well as experimenting with some different textures and patterns. Aren’t they cool? I’m so glad I got the chance to join their classes.
[Pictures: Fourth grade styrofoam prints at Tenacre School, 2014;
Flying Squirrel, 2014.]