Friday, June 15, 2012

Grade 2/3 Underwater Hippos

Love this project!! I pinned this photo a while ago, hoping to come up with an art project related to it. Luckily for me, a few months later, Deep Space Sparkle posted this lesson inspired by the same image! I loved it, and had to try it. This project took way less than 2 classes - within the second class, kids also had time to make a father's day card and do an art survey!

1st class: To begin, we did a guided drawing of the hippos. I showed them how to add in the ground so it didn't look like the hippos were floating. Then, they used oil pastels to color in the hippos. Once they were finished coloring them in, they used brown or grey pencil crayons to outline the again (TIP - pencil crayons are PERFECT to outline oil pastels - so much better than Sharpie, or black oil pastel!) If they had time, they added in seaweed using green pastel. This basically took the entire period.

2nd class: During this class, they added the water. This was done with liquid watercolors, which were the perfect thing to use. It covered the hippo bodies enough, but left them still visible. While they waited about 10 minuets for the paint to dry, they worked on their father's day cards. Once the paint was dry, they used tempera pucks to make a sunset sky (since a blue sky would mix too much with the water) and to add bubbles using more oil pastels. So CUTE!!

School is winding down!! This was my last class with this group. It's going to be hard to say goodbye to this year!


  1. Oh my goodness these are darling!!

  2. So cute? What is a pencil crayon? Is that the same thing as colored pencil???

  3. Congratulations on a fantastic art blog. I had a look at all your fantastic ideas... love it, love it, love it... Anna


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