I found this great idea for a shark drawing over at Dream Big Kinders, and I knew that my first graders would love it.
Instead of a collage though, I turned the shark into a painting project to learn how to mix gray. It would also work great for tinting and shading for older students. If one side has a little more black than the other, the shark would have a shadow.
- Multimedia paper
- Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip
- Tempera paint, white and black
- Paint brushes
- Students fold and crease their paper in half both ways to help them draw a symmetrical image.
- Students draw the shark mouth, centered on the middle fold.
- The eyes are drawn above it.
- The outer shape of the shark is drawn.
- Details area added, such as the teeth and nose lines.
- The shark drawing is traced with a thick black marker. The inside of the mouth is colored in with the marker.
- Students get a small amount of black paint, and more white, to mix their own gray paint and paint the shark body.