Students will discover the world of the Chinese dragon by creating their own festive dragon watercolor painting.
What You Need:
- white drawing paper 12×18
- black permanent marker
- books containing dragons
What You Do:
DAY ONE (40 mins)
- Briefly discuss the characteristics of a dragon and list ideas on board.
- Then have students look through books containing pictures of dragons and ask them to find as many characteristics as listed on the board.
- Next give the students a piece of white drawing paper and a pencil and have them create an original dragon. (This may be difficult for some, so I suggest they start by copying a dragon from a picture in a book. This will spark imagination and then, the idea will take off from there and morph into a dragon of their own.)
- When their dragon is complete, they trace over the pencil lines with a black permanent marker.
DAY TWO (40min)
- Students use watercolors to paint their dragons being careful not to use too much paint as it will flow into unwanted areas. Paint entire paper and lay to dry.
- Mount on black paper and display.
Note: Students may practice writing Chinese characters if available. Here is a link for Chinese character cards: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_character_cards.htm