Scarecrows can be a bit tricky. Like clowns, scarecrows can sometimes frighten kids more than we realize. This lesson, however, mixes just the right amount of scary with happy.
– Paper ( I like Tru-Ray 12″ x 18″ sulphite/drawing paper)
– Red, yellow & blue tempera paint
– Black oil pastel
HOW TO DRAW A SCARECROW:
- Using a black crayon or oil pastel, draw a letter “U” near the top of your paper (make sure to leave enough room for the hat).
- Add a triangle nose, two circles for the eyes and a curved line for the mouth.
- To add a hat, draw a straight line across the top of the letter “U” or face. Draw two “angle” lines to form the brim. Add either a curved line or a box to create the top part of the hat. Make it fancy or keep it plain. You decide!
- After drawing the face and hat, you can start drawing the body. Draw a straight horizontal line starting near the chin and extending to the side of the paper. Do the same for the other side. Don’t worry about drawing a neck. Make a cuff by drawing a straight but short vertical line.
- Finish the sleeve by drawing a straight line back towards the body.
- Draw the pants by drawing a straight line down from the “arm pit”. Do the same on the other side. When you reach the length of the pant leg, draw a short horizontal line for the pant hem. Draw an inverted letter V to make the pant legs.
- Add a stick or a post between the pant legs and extending below the pant legs. Add pockets, buttons, patches and some straw for the hair.
HOW TO MAKE SECONDARY COLORS USING PRIMARY COLORS
The next class we paint color wheel style. Here’s what we do:
- Dip paintbrush in yellow paint and paint something on the drawing “yellow”. It could be a pocket, a sun, a stalk of corn, hair or even the pants. Children can paint more than one thing or just one…let them decide.
- Clean brush in water after every step.
- Dip clean paintbrush in the red paint and paint something on the drawing red. Again, it could be more than one thing.
- Now, here’s the fun part. Using your brush, lift a small amount of yellow paint and place it somewhere on the plate. Then, lift a small amount of red paint and place it on top of the yellow paint. Mix together to create orange. Paint orange somewhere on the drawing.
- Dip brush in blue paint and…you know the drill…paint something blue. This is a popular color so you might need to squeeze a bit more paint onto the plates. Then, lift a small amount of yellow paint and place onto an empty area of the plate.
- Lift up some blue and place it on the yellow. Ask the kids what color the spot will make. Green! Blend together and paint green somewhere on the drawing.
TIP > By now, the drawing should be filling up with paint. No doubt that a few kids will have mixed their whole blob of yellow or red paint and will need more. It’s important not to be punitive with this error. It’s just too hard to resist poking a brush in a fresh puddle of paint. Some kids will have a hard time following the exact instructions, but their art will look wonderful, so don’t worry.
- Okay…now lift up a bit of blue paint and place somewhere on the plate. Lift up some red and mix the two colors together…PURPLE! Paint this beautiful color somewhere on the drawing.
The final touch?
Outline all hidden pastel lines with a tracing of black oil pastel. Look closely at the eyes or on the overalls. Kids love adding buttons to their scarecrows.