“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” – Theodore Geisel
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The idea for this art project came to me while sharing the Michelangelo art history lesson with my children. On the Sistine Chapel ceiling Michelangelo painted God separating dark from light and the water from the heavens. The creation of the sun, moon, planets and the first man are also represented. The artist did, however, omit one subject that is very dear to children – animals! So I thought it would be fun to invent our own creatures for the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I invited a few neighborhood children over and we had a wonderful time brainstorming and then bringing to life on paper our special creations.
Here is our supply list:
- Good quality art paper, such as watercolor paper
- Washable paints
- Bowls of water
- Towels for cleaning the brushes
What to do:
1) Pose this question to your children: if you could invent an animal that currently doesn’t exist, what would it be? The following questions will get their imaginations flowing:
- How many heads does your animal have? How about eyes? Does your animal like to eat a lot and therefore needs more than one mouth? Does your animal have ears?
- What kind of skin covers the creature? Does it have scales or is it smooth? What color is it?
- Does your creature live in water or on land? Can it crawl, swim or walk? How many legs does it have? What kind of environment does it live in?
2) Once the child has an idea, she can start drawing the animal and its environs. I emphasized making the animal large and using the entire sheet of paper.
3) After a basic sketch is complete, it’s time to add color. We used washable acrylic paint, but watercolors or pastels would work nicely too.
4) When the project was complete, I asked each child to give their animal a name.
Here’s what our little artists invented:
After completing this project with your children, please comment and post a photo. I’d love to see what your little artists invent. Also, don’t forget to join in the art fun on Facebook!