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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K-5 | Age: 5-11yrs | Written by: Jennifer Baxter
[Jennifer is a teacher at International School Lausanne in Switzerland.]

In this lesson, each student contributes to the final work of art.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. This project can be used after reading a story, poem, etc. Animals work best as subjects for this activity.
  2. Imagine that you had just read a story about an elephant (as an example).
  3. As a group have the children make a list of all the parts of an elephant and give two adjectives to describe each part: a long, skinny trunk; four short legs; big, floppy ears; etc.
  4. Next have each student go to his/her place in the painting circle or line and pick up one pot of paint.
  5. Now, using the list of descriptions have the students paint one part of the elephant at a time (you read each description.)
  6. After painting one part of the elephant say "pass the painting" and the student passes his paint pot to the person next to him.
  7. You say the next part of the elephant to paint, they paint that part and then you say, "pass the painting."
  8. Continue until each part of the elephant is painted.
  9. When the painting is complete the elephant might have a pink trunk, four blue legs, green ears, etc.
  10. After the main animal is painted give the kids 1 or 2 minutes to add any details such as landscape, etc to the picture using any colors they want.

Recommended Books/Products:

My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
Creating with strings, fingers, rollers, straws, and other super techniques: no wonder this entry in Lark's fabulous new art series will have kids saying "I love to paint!"

Painting with Children
Painting with Children contains sections on the "moral effects of color," the experience of colors, preparation, color stories and poems, panting with plant colors, painting the moods and seasons of nature, and much more.

The Science Book of Color
by Neil Ardley
This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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