Tuesday, April 17, 2012

shape tigers

One of the things I love MOST about my job is when a kid "gets it"...and has an "OMG! THIS IS AWESOME and SOO EASY" moment in Art. There are so many times I hear "I can't draw a tiger, I can't make this, Art is so hard for me" that I start to re-evaluate my teaching(s) and lesson plans.

In Kindergarten, I like to use fool-proof lesson plans, and this was a new one that they LOVED!

This was my inspiration, found on Pinterest. I love the cartoon-y look of the cat!

I started out with the students making a giant X in black crayon on the paper. We went from there filling in facial features, stripes, and watercolor painting the background.

I think if I could teach a grade of Art forever, it'd be Kindergarten. They are just so honest about their artwork and savor and adore every little thing they learn and create!!!

I also love their different interpretations of the exact same set of instructions!

We are making work that reflects their Science curriculum right now, which is HABITAT. We added the leaves along the perimeter to frame out the work and add a habitat.

Aren't these SO sweet?!


  1. It looks like the kids must have had a lot of fun creating these :)

    (I would love to know the name of the artist who created the original black cat inspiration?)

  2. Thanks so much Joanna! I would love to do this with younger students. I hope you don't mind. Anna:)

  3. These are great! I am going to pin the lesson to my art lesson ideas board ! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. I love the idea of using an "X" to break up the space for the Tiger. Nice idea. I'd like to try it and reference Henri Rousseau!
    Good job.

  5. Love these!! Kindergarten is my hands down favorite too!! Maybe because they look so cute in snow suits!!

  6. Great idea... I look forward to trying it in my class! :)

  7. Hi there, I love the tigers your students did! I was inspired by your project when looking for ideas for an African Art unit for my students. Here are the leopards we did using your idea (since tigers don't live in Africa!):
    Thanks for the idea :)