Oil Pastel Animals

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oil Pastel Animals

With these oil pastel animals I wanted the students to learn about the golden ratio in their compositions, how to draw on an enlarged grid and how to blend colors to create value.

Medium: Oil Pastel

Time: 10-12 days

Grade: 4-10
Objective: TSWBAT: 
Understand and apply the Golden Ratio to their composition
Grid reference photo and enlarge it by 2x
Blend colors using oil pastel
Create value in color

Materials: Heavyweight paper cut to 2x the size of reference (include an inch all the way around for a border, oil pastels, blending stumps, sandpaper to clean stumps, pencils and rulers.

This lesson bundle which includes two powerpoint presentations, one on the Golden Ratio and the other a step-by-step process of Oil Pastel animals is available for purchase in my Teachers Pay Teachers store: {click here}

Here's the process:

We started the process by going through my presentation of the Golden Ratio. We learned what the golden ratio was and how artists apply the golden ratio to their compositions.

Next we found reference of an animal. We used transparencies of the Golden Ratio grid to determine where to place our animals in our compositions.

We used tracing paper over our photos to trace the main value shifts and hard edges of our animals including the edges of the photograph, and then gridded it 1" on all sides.

Next we created a 1" border around the final paper and then a 2" grid measuring all sides of the paper to ensure that is was square.

Finally, we began to transfer the contour line drawing from our tracing paper using the grid to double the size of our reference animal.

Then we practiced blending our oil pastels on scrap piece of paper and started filling in our animals. Here are some photos of kids in process:

 And here are some of the final results. Nearly all of my students were able to get a great likeness to their animals and have a successful project. It was tough to choose just a few to share!


Hope your students enjoy this project as much as mine did. Please take a moment to share your results with me if you get the chance!

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