This was my very second teaching lesson and it was certainly one of the best! At time we were still having our lessons in our dining room. I did it with my grade 1’s and then again with my grade 3’s (both thoroughly enjoyed it!)
Fun, giggles and lots of creativity!
Being a Children’s Book Illustrator myself I like to incorporate stories & books wherever I can! Here we “read” the wonderful book “The Animal Boogie” by Debbie Harter. I say “read” because it’s a book with a sing-along CD with a very catchy & fun tune. (The kids at the crèche I worked in couldn’t get enough of it!)
We looked at other books & pictures of animals…I also put some plastic animals in the center of our table. I gave them each marker pens & told them to go wild! (Marker pens really allow them to draw without too much thinking & planning. I find working in pencil first really stints their creativity and most times they rub out the most beautiful drawings)
Then we used my most favorite watercolour inks and I also told them that I didn’t want to see any white! I wanted to see that the animals were in the deep dark jungle. We also used salt on the wet inks which gives a most wonderful effect.
We learnt all the names of the animals in English, we boogied to the music and the kids created wonderful master-pieces!!! The colours were magical and full of great energy!
The kids were amazed at themselves!!
|My group of little-ies drawing so beautifully!|
|Drawing with the Marker pen|
|Oooooh look at those colours!|
Wow!Look at Orah's beautiful painting shes only 3 & a half!