My art room is filled with giant Nutcracker drawings right now, waiting to be lined up in our auditorium for our upcoming holiday show. I took a que from my Harvest festival decorations on butcher paper sketched one master nutcracker and have been tracing him in pencil for days. The kids love to trace and color with three students working on each one. I’ve kept it for 2nd through 5th graders as my experiences were that any younger ones tended to get a bit too scribbly for this job.
• White Kraft Paper, 36″ wide, such as this Pacon brand
• Black marker, thick chisel tip
1. Cut a sheet of white kraft paper 60“ long.
2. Fold the sheet in half lengthwise and cut on fold to make a panel that is 18” x 60”.
3. Fold this new sheet in half lengthwise. Fold it in half three times, the long way and crease edges. Unfold so that you end up with a grid that is 2 panels wide by 8 panels tall.
4. Sketch the nutcracker according to the diagram. The fold lines will help you make a well proportioned figure.
5. Trace the drawing with a marker and color heavily with crayons.