I started the Rumriver Art Center a few years ago to teach art classes to homeschool students. I wanted to share some of my lessons and exercises to help the creativity of the Homeschool students. I will also be giving updates on what is happening at Rumriver Art Center. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts.
A Fun Place For Kids to Explore Their Creativity
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The Kraken - Mythical Beast Project
I just finished a summer camp all about mythical beasts and one of my favorite was "The Kraken" a giant sea creature. Probably no legendary sea monster was as horrifying
as the Kraken. According to stories this huge, many armed, creature
could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship's main mast.
A kraken would attack a ship by wrapping their arms around the
hull and capsizing it. The crew would drown or be eaten by the
monster. What's amazing about the kraken stories is that, of all
the sea monster tales we have, we have the best evidence that
this creature was based on something real.
Materials: Heavyweight sketching paper, sketching pencils 2h and 2b.
Step #1: Draw guidelines down the center and across the middle of your paper. Draw a oval shaped football for the body of the Kraken. Add a line down the middle of the oval and across the bottom third of the oval as shown below.
Step #2: Draw a circle for the eye and a oval for the ear hole. Draw fins that are like can openers.
Step #3: Draw some tentacles that are long and flowing, make sure that some overlap.
Step #4: Draw tails at the end of each tentacle.
Step #5: Draw the shell of the Kraken, think of it as giant turtle shell.
Step #6: Time to add your detail with hatching (single lines) and cross hatching (cross lines). You can add color if you like of just keep it in pencil. Have fun, be creative.