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This takes roughly 3 - 40 minute classes.
First lesson, outlining, shapes to form, drawing cats and their various parts)
They may hold their paper, horizontally or vertically. I then model three
ways that I draw a cat. I stress that their cat does not have to look exactly
like mine, but that this is one easy way to draw cats. Each cat ends up
having their own wonderful personality depending on the student. I use food
to describe the shapes so that the children are more comfortable drawing
these. Some cannot draw an oval but can draw a potato, go figure.
1) WITH MARKER MODEL THE SHAPES TO USE> But have them draw with pencil to
avoid frustration. Draw a potato (a relatively unperfect oval, horizontally
placed in the rough center of the page.
2) Add a cookie head, at one end or the other. I demonstrate one direction
but have another example facing the other direction to avoid a display of
cats all facing the same way.
3) Add pizza or "Dorito" ears, an upside-down dorito nose and two curved
lines below the nose for the )( (closest shapes that I could type) and one
U flattened a bit horizontally for the
4)"One potato two potato three potato four" Draw four smaller potatoes below
the body, near the bottom of the page, leaving room to connect them to the
body with straight lines (some kids say spaghetti for these straight lines).
5) Add whiskers (I explain to them that a cat's whiskers are as wide as their
behinds, this is to keep them form getting stick in tiny places, If they poke
their head in and their whiskers touch that means that their butt will not
fit. (gets a giggle every time.)
6) lemon eyes (A frown and a smile) with parenthesis in them to make the
7) The tail can be fluffy with zigzag lines or smooth lines.
8) Then they draw. at the end adding either spots or stripes for a little
visual excitement. Be prepared to hear in detail many cat stories while they
9) be sure to explain that they are cutting this out and not to do the
background yet, or it will be cut away. They are not to color in the body,
that is to be left white, with spots or stripes, they will color it with the
tissue paper next week.
Second class ("magic tissue paper")
1) Give each child a stack of cut tissue paper squares (approx. 1 1/2"
2) Explain to the class that the tissue paper is colored with dye, kind of
like what they use to dye Easter eggs or to tie dye, T-shirts.
3) They are to paint water on their cats with a paint brush, then put a piece
of tissue paper on the wet spot then some water over it. Be sure to tell them
that they must keep their hands dry, or the tissue will dye their fingers,
because the dye works with water. They must work not making the cat too
soupy, this reinforces how to use the brush, without overdoing the water.
4) They can overlap colors to create new colors when the dyes mix. Only cover
the cat, not the background. Repeating the word background will reinforce the
5) Let them dry until the next class. I usually let them have free drawing
time next and 8 out of 10 of them will draw another cat to take home.
Class Three Drawing the city background, cutting out the kitty
1) Have the students carefully and slowly cut out the cat. Remind them not to
cut off the kitty's ears or legs. Just to follow the outline. If they do cut
them off, just save them to glue to the background.
2) Model a city background with colored chalk on a black background. It shows
up the colors really well, and gets them jazzed up to try this new medium.
3) Stress the fact that that pastels will smear if they rub their arm or hand
on it. To make this point I smear my own drawing to show how it ruins it. I
have them roll up their sleeves and stand up and push their chairs in, so
they will not lean on their drawings.
4) Explain that their hands will get very messy and they are washable. They
are not to rub their hands on their clothes or their faces.
5) Model how to shake any dust onto the floor and to NEVER blow it.
6) Have them glue the cats onto the background, I refer to this lesson a lot
when trying to reinforce overlapping. Having created this situation
themselves they start to understand how THEY can actually create the
composition of a work of art.
7) I laminate the completed works, this eliminates the need to use spray
fixatives. For some reason the colors seem to really pop after laminating.
NOTES: This lesson is copyrighted should it end up in any books, and the
bleeding tissue paper brand is Spectra brand don't let them substitute it !!
( great colors)
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