Masks & Construction Paper Hats
see lesson plan from 2012 camp
*paper, pencil, colored pencils
View Kathryn Elyse's illustrations (shown above) for inspiration.
Kids design costumes on paper. Encourage exaggeration (longer/ flowier capes, bigger masks, more colorful feathers, etc.) and drawing the body taller than most people are (to achieve the look of a fashion design drawing). See the information below on head to body proportion from Wikipedia.
"The proportions used in figure drawing are:
- An average person, is generally 7-and-a-half heads tall (including the head).
- An ideal figure, used when aiming for an impression of nobility or grace, is drawn at 8 heads tall.
- A heroic figure, used in the heroic for the depiction of gods and superheroes, is eight-and-a-half heads tall. Most of the additional length comes from a bigger chest and longer legs."
Paper Bag Figure
*lunch bags, newspaper, masking tape (any craft items or drawing tools you want to decorate figure with)
See lesson plan, compliments of the Dick Spiersen:
Bob Barner Skeleton Drawings +/or Qtip Skeletons
*Drawing tools of your choice and paper, for inspiration: Read Dem Bones by Bob Barner and play "Dem Bones" song, print skeleton/anatomy handout from EnchantedLearning.com
After reading Dem Bones to the kids, show them how to draw a human skeleton while using the words from the song and book. "The head bones connected to the neck bone..." Younger kids can just draw an oval for the skull while older kids can show the shape of the skull more defined (encourage them to add eyes, mouth, later). One thing I remind them is that you can get caught up in all the rib bones but to save space for the lower half of the body. I like to aim to get the pelvic or "hip bone" in the middle of the paper so I still have room for the leg bone. It is pretty amazing to see Bob Barner, a San Franciscan, draw his skeletons while the song plays. He times it perfectly and the kids are amazed. If the teacher can do the same (after a little practice), the kids will be enthralled and excited to try as well. Finally, it's fun to position the skeleton into different poses. Arms and legs can bend at joints. Hips and shoulders have sockets that allow different positions as well. Why not dress up your skeleton in a "Dia de los Muertos" type of way?
Day of the Dead Skulls
*Crayola Model Magic clay or any air dry clay, tools (like popsicle sticks, toothpicks, etc), markers or paints, beads/gems for eyes if using Model Magic
-Day 1: Students form a ball of clay in their hand. They then gently pull the jaw/chin area down and out and then carve the mouth and nose with the tools. An upside heart makes a good nose. Next they choose 2 beads or gems to press into the eyes. Lastly, they need to rock the bottom of the skull a bit to make it flat (so it won't roll around once dry).
-Day 2: Decorate with markers or paint.