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Dinosaur project idea


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Apr 27 2002 - 13:30:03 PDT

Here is a very simple lesson - Dinosaur silhouette on chalk stencil

9x12 (or larger) white drawing paper
9x12 (or larger) black construction paper
9x12 (or larger) manila paper
tissues or cotton balls

--choose colors to show time of day or mood (warm colors or cool colors)
--understand positive and negative space
--understand foreground and background for landscape

1. Create a chalk stencil landscape background to show mood or time of day.
(dinosaur and plants will be in foreground) Tear manila paper to form
stencil. Color pastels along torn edge then rub off onto white drawing paper
using tissue or cotton ball. Tear a new edge - put a related pastel color on
torn edge - place an inch or two below first edge onto white paper - rub off
pastels -- repeat process until page is filled with pastel rubbings.

2. Draw dinosaur, plants, trees on black paper - include a strip of land
across the bottom of the paper.

3. Cut out foreground (silhouette) with dinosaurs and plants - leave
dinosaur and plants attached to strip of land.

4. Put tiny dots of glue on black paper cut out - put glue on side that has
the pencil lines. Glue to chalk stencil background. Dinosaur (positive
shape) appears in silhouette against the colorful sky (negative).

I did this lesson with kindergarteners many years ago. - It took one lesson
to complete (we made them 9x12).