I wanted to have the kids do a notan this year, and they wanted to make dragons, so why not combine the two? It was a tricky process, but in the end, all the dragons were unique and awesome! Making notans is a great way to teach symmetry, and my Wednesday class nailed it!
Here was the example piece:
And here are the results:
My Wednesday class is two hours long this year! Yay! This REALLY helps with being able to complete more complex art pieces. Even though it’s two class periods, it actually works out to be as if it were 2.5 to 3 class periods, because we eliminate the need to clean up and set-up time, as well as the “get focused” time. It really adds up!
One of our first projects was a dragon eye. It was adapted from a black and white sketch I found on the internet. I think these turned out so cool!
First, they sketched out the eye. Then, using watercolor pencils, they emphasized each scale, and pulled in the color. They used watercolors to add shading and more color. They also splattered the skin to add texture, and for the pupils they used black Sharpies.
I wanted something quick and fairly easy to do after working on the Letter Sculptures, so I chose Cave Dragons from Dynamic Art Projects for Kids, by Denise Logan. Fabulous book for art teachers, by the way!
I gave the kids general directions on how to draw a dragon. Some followed my every move, and some chose to do their own thing. They all turned out magnificent.
In the book, it advises you to use purple carbon paper. Do you know how hard it’s getting to find that stuff?? I’m sure you can find it online, but I procrastinated a bit on this project, so I couldn’t find any locally. Instead, for the stalactites and stalagmites, I had the students get their paper good and wet with a light purple wash of color. Then, they used more pigment to make dark purple areas. Finally, while the paint was still wet, they sprinkled salt on the paper, and let them dry. For the next class period, they brushed off the salt, and cut the stalactites and stalagmites out, and finished the project according to the book.