This was a HUGE undertaking, but the results were SO awesome! I highly recommend this project for any art teacher!
What am I talking about? A parade of cows, of course! I had all three art classes participate in this project, and it was so cool to see all the themes.
During the first class, we decided on the themes. I wrote them on the board, so all the classes could see what everyone else was choosing. I didn’t want kids to pick the same theme, and although there were a couple that got close, they were still different enough to accept. The kids also started tracing their cows onto a large piece of white poster board, using a projector. Once they had their cows draw, I gave them a smaller version on a regular sheet of paper. This was to get them to plan out all their elements. I think this REALLY helped most of the kids. Once that was done, and if I gave them the go-ahead, they started on the real thing.
Here are the intermediate skill cows:
Here are the advanced skill cows: