Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dali's Long-Legged Elephants (Fourth Graders)

I can't remember where I saw this wonderful lesson, but I borrowed it nonetheless! We read the story "Dali and the Path of Dreams", which is so creative and interesting, and created a word web in our Idea Books about SURREALISM. Then, we did a guided-echo drawing of an elephant.

The students outlined the elephants with a brown or black washable marker. Then we used water to paint over the elephant. This creates nice value! Once the elephants were "smeared" then we painted backgrounds with tempera cakes (my new favorite paint because it's so easy to use!)

Finally, the best part.....we added fabric to the elephant for a shawl and headpiece to tie in a cultural reference to India and their use of elephants. Sequins were also a nice touch for 'jewels'.


The shadow lines are a great extra something!


  1. Beautiful. I love the added effect of the washable markers and water!

  2. The drawings are beautiful.
    The addition of the fabric united the composition.

  3. What a wonderful blog. Welcome to the world of blogging. Your art is wonderful and what great lessons you are teaching the kids. How awesome to study Dali (something I didn't get to do, even in Senior highschool advanced art classes). I love the children's Dali's Elephants. Wonderful. I found your blog via Art with Mr E. Keep up the wonderful posts!
    Sydney, Australia