These elephants are so much fun and always come out great!
First, the children spend an entire class drawing their elephants. I will put an image up front to reference.
As a "cheat"...I will put a dot on everyone's paper right at the place I want them to start drawing. On this image, it was the top of the head. This helps to get students on track with proper spacing. We continue with step by step directions as I draw an example line and then monitor the room. You may need to help them with important ideas, like: the belly is lower in the back and comes up hill to the armpit or to make "gum drop" toe nails.
We trace the entire body with washable black marker!
The wrinkles, toe nails, eye and tail hair get a fine tip permanent marker!
With plain water...brush over the little guy. First, wet inside the belly and head (away from the edge). Then, Simply trace over the actual washable marker outline. The marker "bleeds" and spreads right into the pre-wet areas of the elephant with spectacular results! Do not over do it. I tell students that the best ones have light and dark places (shadows and shines).
Paint a background. I chose this fun sunset marbled paper that already had perfect African sky colors. Encourage kids to place their little trees where the elephant might not hide all of it. Any paint will do, but I used tempra.
Cut, keeping a nice black edge. Students glued as I helped them to flip over their elephants.