May 8, 2013

Mother’s Day Giraffe Painting

I truly wish I could draw like this little girl does. Nola is only in kindergarten, and everything she does just oozes child-like charm. Filling the space between the two heads with pink hearts was her idea, which I think is just brilliant.
1. Start by drawing a line down the middle of the paper, which will turn into the mother’s right side. Add the head, neck and angled back, and simple curves for legs. Add the face details, mane and tail. Draw the baby giraffe to the right, in a smaller symmetrical size.
2. Trace the art with a black Sharpie marker.
3. Use a brown crayon to color spots, and fill in the mane and horns.
4. My students painted their art with Dick Blick Liquid Watercolor paints. Yellow and Blue and Green, to be precise.


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

This is so wonderful Kathy and I'm sure her mommy will LOVE it and frame it!

My own little kindergarten Picasso, "C" is obsessed with Giraffes right now and drawing beautiful giraffe pictures for me. I may have to hint at a Mother's day mommy and me Giraffe card from my own little one!

Warmly, MaryLea

Mike said...

Could you please tell me how you distribute the liquid watercolours to the students? That is, do you have a small plastic pallette for each child or small group? How then do you keep the children from "mixing" the colours and just getting a grey?
Thanks so much. The giraffe is charming.

Barbara Leyne said...

Oh my goodness, that's sweet!
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Kathy Barbro said...

Hi Mike,
I used no mess paint cups, which have a lid with a hole. I give every group of 4 students a tub with 9 colors, each with one brush inside. That way students are much more likely to put the brush back in the right container when finished. Works pretty well, and I have an afterschool class with mix of 45 kinder through 4th graders.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for responding so quickly with the great advice.