Remarkable Animals

This week the Bridge class has been studying proportion. This is a developing concept with this age group and it is not unusual for example, to see them draw flowers as big as trees. To help them grasp this concept they looked at big, medium sized and small animals. I had cut three different sizes of paper, big, medium and small and on each piece the students were going to draw an appropriate sized animal. The students chose to draw a giraffe on their big sized piece of paper, a tiger, leopar dor cheetah on their medium sized piece of paper and a mouse or tadpole on their small piece. For each animal the students were guided through the drawing, using simple shapes, ovals and circles and lines. They then painted their animals with watercolors or with colored pencils. The next stage of the project was to combine all three animals into a, ‘Remarkable Animal’. My inspiration was sparked by a book I used to read to my children, Remarkable Animals: 1,000 Amazing Amalgamations’ by Tony Meeuwissen.It contains colorful pictures of animals, one to each page, and each page has been divided into three parts, sectioning off heads, middles and tails. These sections can be interchanged with all the other animals and many, wonderful creatures can be formed.I thought it would be fun for the students to combine the animals that they had drawn. They were given a piece of paper that had been folded into three sections and in the first section they drew the head of a giraffe, the body of the tiger or leopard in the middle and the tail of a mouse or tadpole in the last section. The final touch was to combine the letters of each animal. The children loved this, thinking it very silly!!!!! I hope you enjoy your child’s, Giopase or Gigele or Gigese or Giople!! 🙂

Remarkable Animals by Tony Meeuwissen

One of the crazy animal combinations

Another crazy animal combination

Hamilton B.

Hamilton B.

Hamilton B.

Hamilton B.

Sydney T.

Sydney T.

Sydney T.

Sydney T.

Emma H.

Emma H.

Emma H.

Emma H.

Kenzie W.

Kenzie W.

Kenzie W.

Kenzie W.

Bryant S.

Bryant S.

Bryant S.

Bryant S.

Emmanuel O.

Emmanuel O.

Emmanuel O.

Emmanuel O.

Will E.

Will E.

Will E.

Anna T.

Anna T.

Anna T.

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at http://www.shadyoak.net/ and http://www.shadyoakprimary.com/ to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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