My graphic design days taught me that simple shapes take on much more interest when cropped or positioned in unusual ways. This gingerbread man has a lot more personality when large and peeking in from a corner, as opposed to small and standing in the middle of a paper.
1. I gave my students an 8.5" x 11" sheet of white cardstock paper and a 4" circle to trace for the G. man’s face. They placed it in the center, somewhat near the top and traced. A simple body was drawn under it, tilted to the side of the paper. Decorations were added as desired.
2. When the drawing was complete, all the lines were traced with a black Sharpie marker.
3. The G. man was colored in with oil pastels. Older students added slight shadows to some of the decorations with a gray pastel.
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