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Polar Bear Portraits

Polar Bear Portraits
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These sweet polar bears can be created with chalk and paper.

What You Need:

  • black construction paper
  • blue construction paper
  • white cartridge paper
  • white chalk
  • black and white oil pastel
  • black charcoal chalks (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Using white chalk on black construction paper students use the sides of their chalk to rub a round shape for the head and a body.
  2. Two smaller circles make the ears.
  3. Students use their fingers to gently blend the chalk to remove any harsh lines that may have been created.
  4. Black oil pastels are used to create the facial features and the inner ears.
  5. Rub a little bit of charcoal under the head to create a bit of a shadow.
  6. Then cut out the whole polar bear shape.
I gave each student a pre-cut piece of white cartridge paper and showed them how to carefully tear along one of the longer ends to create our snow.
We then glued our snow to the bottom of the blue construction paper. This photo is a bit misleading as I actually got the students to glue the polar bear on first and then draw the snowflakes and wind.
The final display in the classroom was adorable!

This lesson was reprinted with permission of ARTventurous.

ARTventurous is a First Grade teacher from Vancouver, Canada who loves teaching art to her young students. She started her blog as a way to save and share her students’ work and to inspire other teachers to be creative in their own classrooms. Find her at and on Instagram at: @artventurousblog

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