Terrific Toucans: Drawing and Painting Toucans for Fourth Grade
Aren’t these fantastic? I absolutely love how each toucan has it’s own personality. This is the yardstick I use to measure how successful a project is. If the artwork is unique to the artist, then I’m happy.
To begin, I show my students a few images of toucans and talk about the beak. I demonstrate a few drawing techniques and then, using a black oil pastel, the kids draw their own toucan. I suggest they begin with the eye and then draw the beak. If the beak is large enough, then it almost doesn’t matter what the body looks like; everyone will know it’s a toucan!
I really think not using pencils in this project is beneficial. Using an oil pastel loosens the kids up, encourages them to draw large and if they make a mistake, I tell them that the tempera paints will cover it.
After the drawing is done, the picture should look like a coloring book page; black and white and ready to color.
We use tempera paints and once the painting is dry, the kids go over all the oil pastel lines with a small brush dipped in black paint.
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