We just completed two very successful lessons from the inspiring blog, Deep Space Sparkle (www.deepspacesparkle.com).
Fourth graders were given a variety tropical fish images. They drew serveral fish and then began on layered backgrounds with seaweed, coral, rocks, etc. They painted with Crayola watercolor paints and outlined with black marker to finish.
Fifth graders looked at pictures of chameleons and spent time drawing, painting, and outlining. The background for the chameleons were made with smeared chalk, a technique I re-discovered during an inspiring workshop with other art teachers!
I was impressed with how much the children could do with these projects and my students were equally excited about how many compliments their works earned!!