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What a wonderful idea! You can use Durer's "Young Hare", Rousseau's several
jungle works, Audobon, de la Croix's "Frightened Horse," Marc's Franz'
animal works, Klee's "The Goldfish," Hick's "Peaceable Kingdom," Wyeth's,
"Soaring," and a lot of Asian examples.
A word of advice, young children (under 6 or so) have a hard time with
contour lines being lines (they see the zebra's stripes, but not his
outline), with form (as opposed to shape) and with implied texture. I
usually limit myself to color and value, shape, very distinct texture, and
very obvious line and distance qualities. I also teach obvious rhythm
Many children will "get" a lesson while you are teaching it and do a sample
work using the idea. But when they go on to the next lesson they forget
what they learned in the first one unless they really have mastered the
concept to transfer level. (Sounds like me in Math!) (g)