These kindie giraffes are so cute! We started by cultivating the connection to their lives as we discuss our favorite animals and a visit to the zoo. Most kids have seen a real giraffe before. We then move on to a group lesson on how to draw the giraffe. At this point in the year the kids have become very proficient with drawing a variety of things with basic shapes. The students use oil pastel, watercolor and finish off with fine motor skills by adding the mane with yarn.
My third graders started this project by looking at a community artist’s work, her name is Karla Gerard. We talked about how Karla Gerard has an Etsy shop and sells her work, making a living off her art. We also discussed the fact that one of her pieces was in the most recent Superman movie (on the wall in the farmhouse of Superman’s childhood home). This helped the students cultivate connections. The students were then given some basic requirements to meet, mixing colors to make at least 20 colors, having buildings, natural things such as trees, etc. And finally, a fun, playful style like Karla Gerard. The openness to ambiguity cultivates the students’ creativity.