I did this project with 4th graders a couple of years ago...really wanted to try it again last year and ran out of time so I squeezed it in early with this year's 3rd graders. We practiced drawing elephants in our idea books and then went for it on the 9x18 paper. We outlined with black washable marker and drew the background in crayon. After the background is complete, we marker washed the elephants. Can you tell I'm on a marker wash kick lately?