Clowning Around: Drawing Lessons for Kids: KinderArt ®
Written by: Rebecca Engleman [Rebecca is an art educator at Cathedral School in Bismarck, ND.]
Students will learn how to make a clown drawing with pastel, paint or markers
First graders will gain experience in handling a brush and paint.
By repeating simple shapes, students will create pattern.
Students will demonstrate awareness of emotion by creating "sad" and "happy" faces.
What You Need:
- Black construction paper
- White crayon
- Easel brushes
- White tempera paint
- Oil pastels
- Colored glitter
What You Do:
- Each student receives a 12x15 sheet of black construction paper, and a white crayon.
- On your paper (taped to the black board) show students how to draw a large circle
in the middle of the paper using a white crayon.
- Next, show them how to draw the
shoulders from the bottom of the face, to the bottom corners of their paper.
- Collect all the white crayons.
- Give each student a brush and white tempera paint. Have them paint the entire face
and shoulders white.
- Give each group of students a book of oil pastels. If you don't have oil pastel,
color crayons will work.
- On the board, discuss and draw different shapes for the
class, such as circles, triangles, ovals. squares, etc.
- With your clown picture taped to the board, demonstrate with a black oil pastel how to use shapes to
create the features and clothing details.
- Some things to discuss and demonstrate
are emotions, what does a happy face or sad face look like, and repeating shapes
to create pattern.
- Emphasis should be put on drawing nice sized shapes that will
be simple to color in. No tiny details!
- After the faces and patterns have been outlined, let students color them in. Limit
the students to three colors on the clowns clothing.
As each student completed coloring their clown, they brought the picture up to my
desk to apply glue lines. I then sprinkled colored glitter on the glue. Make sure
that the students sign their name with a black marker on the white areas of the
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