Jan 21, 2013

Watercolor for Elephants Tutorial

This project worked really well for kinders through 5th graders in my after school watercolor class last week. A stock art drawing inspired the profile point of view.

 1. Draw the beginning of a large letter “G” on the left half of the paper.

 2. Add the straight back line.

3. Draw the rest of the trunk.

4. Add the cheek. The line should stop at an imagined neck.

 5. Draw the front leg.

6. Add a curve for the belly.

 7. Draw the tusk coming out of the cheek.

8. Erase the lines inside the tusk. 

9. Draw a large ear and erase lines that end up inside.

10. Add a small eye and toenails.

11. Use a white crayon (shown in gray) to add wrinkles to the elephant. Press hard.

12. Draw adornments on the elephant with colored crayons. Press hard again.

13. Paint the elephant and background with watercolor paint. My sample is painted with Dick Blick Liquid Watercolor Paint. 


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Anonymous said...

This is really pretty!

Montessori Beginnings said...

Just did this with my 5yr old daughter today on canvas with acrylic and they turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the pic. REALLY want the results of the students' results on this draw tutorial.

Kari said...

My 2nd grader used watered gouache and oil pastels to paint this elephant (with out the decorative Asian markings)on a blank cardstock greeting card. This project was a response to reading the book TWENTY-ONE ELEPHANTS AND STILL STANDING and ELEPHANTS (snap shot library). Thank you for sharing your gift of instructing in steps that lead to a satisfying final, recognizable product.

Sally said...

Great project! Love the play on words from the book! Thanks for sharing so many inspirational and fun art projects!