A few of my favorites - ghost drawing - white crayon on white paper, then paint overall. This could also be a house in moon shadow .
I sometimes show the kids how to draw simplified bones - like the dog bones in cartoons. Then I ask them to write their name in bones. Sometimes kids make rubberized bones, bending to create the curve in the letter, but mostly they get the curve using a few bone shapes. They love doing this.
My favorite thing to do is to borrow a life-size skeleton from the science teacher and have the kids sketch from that. Then we do a simplified full body version. The culminating task is to have the kids draw the skeletons doing something - playing soccer, dancing, doing gymnastics. These are eerily cute. I did not get complaints from my Jehovah Witness families.
From: Samantha Wilmoth [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 4:43 AM