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Artists Paint . Fantasy grade 4 National Art Standards Understand and apply media, techniques and processes Students reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others Materials • 9" x 12" white drawing paper • Pencils • Black and colored markers • Oil pastels • Crayons • Photographs of a wide variety of creatures In the Studio 1. Think about your fantasy creature, using the parts of different animals. Here is a list of ideas to get you started: Head/neck: lion, pelican, giraffe, alligator, elephant, moose. Body: camel, turtle, porcupine, snail, zebra, leopard. Legs/feet: frog, hippo, duck, horse, stork, kangaroo. Tail: beaver, turkey, skunk, fish, monkey, pig. Motivation Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci once give directions for inventing fantasy animals from real creatures: “If you want to make an animal imagined by you appear natural—let us say a dragon—then take for its head that of a hound, with the eyes of a cat, the ears of a porcupine, the nose of a greyhound, the brow of a lion, the temples of an old cock, the neck of a water tortoise.” Look at photos of different creatures: mammals, birds, fish, insects. and reptiles. Think about mixing the different parts of their bodies to make a fantasy creature. 2. Draw your fantasy creature in pencil, putting it together with your choice of different animal parts. 3. Make your creature large enough to nearly fill the paper. 4. Go over your pencil lines with black marker. 5. Add color to your creature with oil pastels, colored markers or crayons. 6. Think up as many names for your creatures—using letters and syllables from the animals comprising it—and share it with the class. Vocabulary Creatures Fantasy harpsichord Imaginative Leonardo da Vinci Renaissance Surrealism Vertumnus 24 december 2012 • 80 years x

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