Herd of Animals

Overlapping shapes create depth in a picture, and creating a herd of animals is a fun way to teach that principal.
1. I found this idea over at artsonia.com and have made a quick template of 3 animals you can download here. You will need to trace them onto a heavier paper – such as card stock or even posterboard and cut them out before class.
2. Ask the students to choose one animal template, and trace it 5 or 6 times in pencil. Some may overlap and some may go off their paper. When complete, they are to decide which animals are in front and erase all the extra lines that are inside it. This is repeated until there are no animals that have a “see-through” look to them.
3. All the pencil lines are traced with a thin black marker, and the herd is colored in with pastels, crayons or pencil crayons.

CA Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression, Grade Two
2.3 Depict the illusion of depth (space) in a work of art, using overlapping shapes, relative size, and placement within the picture.
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