Tinted Ugly Bunny

Ugly+Bunny-747x1024One of the arts standards for elementary students is learning how to tint colors by adding white. My students had fun making bunnies that didn’t have to look perfect and symmetrical.



1. On a large (12″ x 19″) sheet of brown paper, student drew a large “ugly” bunny. The definition of ugly in this case means lopsided, worn, etc. The lines were traced with a heavy black permanent marker.

2. Students painted white shapes (eyes, teeth, etc.) with tempera paint, and then added a color to their white to mix up a tint. The body was filled in, painting around lines as much as possible.


1. Students use oil pastels to retrace their main lines in black, and then added any other details they desired, like clothes, accessories, etc.

2. The bunnies were cut out near the marker edge, leaving a little extra brown paper for effect.

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