Over and Under Snake

Over and Under SnakeLearning to draw overlapping shapes is the first step to working with depth. I found this project to be a fun way for students to think about what is in ‘front’ and what is in ‘back’.

1. Starting with a sheet of white drawing paper, the students are to draw one long continuous curved line that overlaps itself at least once, but no more than twice. When complete, they need to draw another parallel line next to it, at least an inch away. One end needs to have a head attached, and one end needs to turn into a tail. Whenever the snake crosses over itself, the student has to decide which part is in front, and erase the lines inside so that the snake no longer looks “see through”.
2. When complete, the drawing is traced with a thin black marker, and then colored in with oil pastels. Encourage the students to keep it simple as too many crossovers get confusing.

6 Responses

  1. Loreen Leedy

    Your blog is an amazing resource. I put your badge on my books blog. Keep up the great work!

  2. Anonymous

    This seems like something the kids will really enjoy. I teach face painting to kids below 8 and giving them Face Painting Directions is a little challenging sometime because of their short attention span.

  3. jacquelien

    What a wonderful site! I’s one of the sites I visit every day!
    I’m a teacher in Holland, not a specific art teacher, but art is my favorite…. I’ve used some of your ideas already, for example the Modigliani drawgin.
    Look at the snakes between trees, one of my students draw on http://www.het-kofschip.nl/tekenlessen2/page5.html
    The site is in Dutch, but I hope you can find your way there!
    All drawing lessons: http://www.het-kofschip.nl/tekenindex/index.html
    Use the button volgende pagina (next page) to see everything.

  4. Sabrina


    I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now – I am a trainee primary school teacher in the UK and just LOVE all of the fab projects you write about.
    I have already printed off pages of your blog and put them into my ideas portfolio for when I get into school for placement in a few weeks! I tried out one of your ideas, the Piet Mondrian style abstract myself as this is a project I am especially looking forward to doing in school… you can see ther results on my blog (you may have to go back a few pages – Feb 6th) but you are welcome to come nad have a look: http://a-journey-of-a-thousand-miles.blogspot.com/

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas, Sabrina :)

  5. TeachKidsArt

    I love this idea! This would also be a fun project for working with patterns, maybe with markers or crayon resist. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!!

  6. Tutti

    I love so many of the projects you share, especially because lack skill in the creativity/art dept. Every project I see, I automatically wonder, “what ages would enjoy this?” I know that much of this is subjective, but I have a 5, 3, and 2 year old and I often wonder which projects I should try to do with them without frustrating them if it’s above their skill set.

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