The inspiration for this lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle's Wild Wacky Hair lesson. Last year we did this lesson just as it appears on D.S.S., but this year I wanted to again follow our "Wild About Art" theme.
5th grade was studying the 5 types of LINE: Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal, Curvy, and Zig-zag.
The line lesson doesn't usually excite the 5th grades, until I unveiled the project example. One student was so excited that he yelled out, "Oh, we're gonna make his mane out of lines!! COOL!"
I like to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary (anyone recognize that phrase?)
We began with a simple line drawing of the lion's face in pencil.
Eyes: Smiley face with a Sad face on top, parentheses ( ) with a vertical line
Cheeks: two Circles the same size at the bottom connecting in the middle
Nose: a bridge to connect the top of the cheeks, and to show the depth of the face add two lines that are backward parentheses ) ( to connect from the side of the nose to the inside of the eye.
Mouth: smiley face and smiley face connecting the bottom of the cheeks and upside down triangles for teeth.
Ears: half Circles with little half Circles inside (add some zig-zag lines for fight marks)
Then, use all five types of line for the mane.
Trace over all pencil lines with a black oil pastel.
Complete with watercolor paint.