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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.
One of my favorite artist is Paul Klee, his work is simple and complicated at same time. Paul Klee was a Swiss artist and teacher from the early 1900's who liked to turn things he saw into simple geometric shapes. His "Cat and Bird” painting from 1928 is a classic example of his philosophy. Klee grew up in a musical family and was himself a violinist. After much hesitation he chose to study art, not music, and he attended the Munich Academy in 1900. Klee loved to use continuous lines in his work, the cat's head and the bird were drawn with one continuous line . Our lesson experiments with both geometric shapes and color.
Materials: Your choice of materials, we have used the "Cat and Bird" for acrylic painting, watercolor painting. oil pastel, chalk pastel and pencil.
Step #1: Draw a border around the paper. Draw light guidelines down the center and across the middle. Draw a large "W" type shape for cats head. Step #2: Draw the cats eyes and snout. Step #…
One of the best animal artists for kids is Henri Rousseau. Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910) was a French artist did not start painting until he was in his 40’s. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. He tried to paint in the schooled manner of the traditional artists, but it was the innocence and charm of his work that won him the admiration of many avant-garde artists such as Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. Rousseau's loving attention to detail that made him an exceptional artist. We use Rousseau “Surprised, storm in the forest” as the inspiration for our lesson. We want the tiger's head to look like he is through the leaves. This lesson focuses on color and space.
Materials: Sketching pencil, heavy weight drawing paper, sharpie. Finish with your choice of watercolor pencils, oil pastels or pastel chalk.
Step #1: Draw light guidelines with a sketching pencil. Draw a large circle for the head.
I needed a animal drawing for one of our programs and I came across this fabulous Picasso Rooster from 1938. I fell in love with the line, shape and color of the this Picasso pastel. Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous and prolific artists ever. Picasso had tremendous diversity and abundance to his career. The Rooster is a work from 1938 when he was experimenting with color and line. Picasso had a great love for animals and birds, he even named his daughter Palamo which means dove in Spanish. We find several works where used chickens, roosters, sheep and goats. Picasso used line, color and shape to create emotion and movement in this work. Our lesson works with shapes, lines and color to create our rooster, we use combination of watercolor pencils with pastels.
Materials: Heavyweight paper, sketching pencil, water color pencils and pastels either chalk or oil.
Step #1: Draw guidelines across the center and down the middle of the paper. Start with a oval for the mouth and smalle…