I created a power point that began by highlighting the fact that the dragon has very special symbolism in East Asian cultures. Then we saw some examples of dragons in popular culture. I shared a cool video produced by The Discovery Channel, a faux-documentary that presupposes that dragons are real. But we made sure that we understood that this was fictional and opposed to nonfiction, connecting the use of vocabulary they use in their academic setting to the world of the Art Studio. As we got deeper and deeper into exploring dragon mythos, the more interested and excited the kids got. This book Dragonology proved a source of great interest to all. We discovered that dragons are all over the place; in literature, film, art and culture. (Obviously this unit took weeks... and if I didn't mention it before, my days are chopped into 40 minutes classes!)
So let's start a photo-journey about creating Dragons....
|Some added texture by using crayon texture rubbings|
|Some drew their textures|
We started with a simple lesson on using shapes to create the basic shape of a dragon. (I do this with all my drawing lessons). It demystifies the drawing process and allows children to feel more confident when tackling a more complex drawing. In pencil we started. Then after learning that dragon's bodies have scales and lumps and possibly bumps, we added details and texture. Then we traced it all in a thin-tipped sharpie.
Next comes the water color painting! (A beloved activity if ever there was one. Very soothing and engaging.)
After painting - the only other thing that made sense was to make these creatures POP OUT! I mean, come on! We cut them out, added some small stacks of corrugated cardboard to spots in the back and mounted on black construction paper to capitalize on the drama!
Oh, wait! Not dramatic enough for you? Well then how about if we create a shiny border with a collage pattern of paper? I mean, dragons are very commanding creatures!
air dry clay which I like, because my kiln is a little wonky and it scares me a bit. When we work with clay my mantra is: "your hands are the most important clay tool you have!" Although we do have an extremely special tool, I call a "tiny tool" to slice a mouth, poke in eyes and flaring nostrils. It's actually a...toothpick.
|The modge podge(gloss medium is what I call it, more sophisticated!) looks sort of milky but then it dries nice and shiny.|
|This dragon is missing a wing. That happens when you don't attached the clay properly! But these things do happen. we hot glue gunned it on later.|
|This dragon has details added with a sharpie, then glossed.|
|A dragon in hand is worth two in the...oh never mind.|