Kids love drawing cats! For this project I decided to add a twist and let my students imagine their cats with human qualities.
They first drew their cats in a human portrait style–showing the head, neck, shoulders and arms. Next they added clothing and a hats. Cat ears NEEDED to be seen! Each cat also had to be holding something in it’s paw related to who it was (artist cat-easel, rockstar cat-microphone, fairy cat-wand etc.. )
The kids colored in with oil pastels and painted the backgrounds with watered down paint.
Don’t they look lovely?
I saw this idea on the art cart blog and thought I would try it with my grade 2 kiddos. We started the lesson with a lively discussion about dreams and everyone had something interesting to share. Kids certainly love to talk about their dreams!
Next we looked at a few Chagall dream paintings that you can easily find on google images and we talked about the clues they could see that made the painting look like a dream, etc. A great word to introduce at this point is surrealism.
I gave out large white paper and the students drew buildings and trees on the bottom of their paper and themselves flying horizontally on the top section. They could either fly with someone or a favorite toy which they needed to hold. The sun or moon could also have a face. They colored in with oil pastels and painted the background with watered down paint. They also added salt to their wet paint to give their background a nice effect.
I loved how these pictures turned out and the students were very pleased too. See how beautiful they are?