In the art world, line and color can be found in virtually every piece of artwork you see. From a drawing to sculpture, these are the basic foundations to any great work of art. The earlier you become used to drawing a confident line that has flow and the use of color (including black and white) the easier it becomes as you age and your skills grow to continue building on these concepts. However, that does not mean that you can not learn at any age!!
What better way to work on the break down of shape, line quality, line confidence and the layering of colors than a handy dandy chameleon!
I use this project with my first graders and they adore it! I have taught it live and used the video I created as an emergency sub plan for days I get ill. Remember to pause the video as you work. I would suggest watching the video once and getting a "feel" for what you are about to do, then play it again and start drawing. Check out chameleons with a simple google search and you will see the amazing colors they can be and I would encourage the layering of those colors.
When I used this project for my class we together to learn fun facts about this amazing animal as well as looking at the fantastic colors that create their changing skin. The students then created their chameleons with gusto! You could see the pride in craftsmanship and for some their own surprise that drawing is becoming much easier!
Enjoy and please post pictures of your fantastic chameleons!!
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