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DRAW ELEPHANTS step-by-step


Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 yrs | Written by: illian Goldberg
[Jillian is a teacher at Follow the Child Montessori School in Raleigh, NC] |

Students will draw a step by step contour drawing of elephants.

What We Used:
What We Did:

  1. Discussed elephants as a species, including comparitive size, differences and similarities between African and Asian elephants, relationship to people in cities and farms, behaviour of elephants in nature.
  2. Found a place to start our elephant by finding the middle of the paper, and walking our non-drawing-hand finger over to the left side. We made a dot there, to mark the spot. This dot then became the eye.
  3. From the eye, we worked up to the top of the head and then down to the trunk.
  4. Children discussed options for the shape of the trunk. Several chose to have the elephant showering himself.
  5. From the trunk. we skipped across to the ear, which begins directly adjacent to the eye, drawing the line down and up again in a curved semi-circle. Children could add creases, wrinkles and frills to the ears.
  6. After the ear, we filled in the gap where the mouth and tusks are.
  7. We then skipped back up to the top at the forehead, and drew the long surved line of the back, continuing down into the hind leg.
  8. Adding the tail in the best place to make it look elephant like, was fun! We spoke about bangles made of elephant hair.
  9. We added legs, both front and rear, and joined them with a large belly.
  10. Final details of the drawing included elephant toenails and other embellishments, tick-birds, thorn trees and grasses.
  11. Finally we used light chalk rubbed into areas to lend some depth and tone. I wanted to preserve the freshness of the drawings without too much color and decoration.

Recommended Books/Products:

Elephants: A Book for Children
From Babar to Dumbo, the elephant has long fascinated children as well as their parents. Here, eighty stunning photographs encompass every aspect of the elephant's life and world: elephants big and small, African and Asian, in the wild and domesticated, at play and at rest. Whether taken from the air, from underwater, or from the side of a jeep, these images will capture the imagination of any child.

Drawing With Children
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages. This is THE BEST learning to draw book we've ever seen. (for ages 3-4 and up)

Creative Doodling & Beyond
by Stephanie Corfee
Inspiring exercises, prompts, and projects for turning simple doodles into beautiful works of art.

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