Thursday, 6 December 2012

Reindeer Portraits


Reindeer Portrait by Grade One student




My Grade One class painted these reindeer portraits this week!  I am so pleased with how they turned out!

 

 







Here is how we drew them:

Place a finger at the bottom of the paper and trace both sides to make the neck.
  
Using your opposite hand as a guide for size, draw a circle around your hand (not tracing) so that your oval is wider and taller than your hand.


Draw a line from the top of the head towards each of the top corners of your paper.


Draw ears at the top of the head pointing to the sides of the paper.

Draw a large horizontal oval at the bottom of the face for the nose.
Draw 2 vertical ovals at the top of the face for the eyes.



Add dots for the eyes and finish the antlers.
Draw a rounded square around the neck - there will need to be a bit of erasing here to hide the lines of the neck.

Finish the scarf.


We then used black oil pastels to outline our drawings and I had them paint the scarf, nose and the background.


Then next day we added a bit of peach pastel to the inside of our reindeers' ears, white to add details to the scarf, and went over our antlers and any other spots where we felt needed some more black outlining.  We used brown paint to finish the reindeer.





If you liked this post, check out some of my other directed drawing lessons:

 




 

84 comments:

  1. WOW!!! These are AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE these reindeer! Now I probably will not be able to squeeze this in before the break but posting it already for next year's to-do's! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! I am almost finished with "tomorrow's" post on a chalk drawing of the famous whimsical trees we have been using! Stop by over the weekend and let me know what you think!
    PS: Do you paint the green background right over the pencil outline? Or do you trace over the pencil with black marker first?

    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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    1. Oh, I went back and re-read your directions to see that you used black oil pastels. No smearing when you paint over it?? That's great!

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    2. Thanks Julie! In hindsight, if I did this again, I would actually leave the outlining until the very end after all the painting was done and dry. I even considered doing all of the reindeer in pastel and just painting the background, but our brown pastels are kind of reddish - more suitable for a fox than a reindeer! I did dilute the green paint a little bit which kept it from covering the antlers if the kids didn't press hard enough with their pastels.

      Can't wait to see your post tomorrow! I love working with chalk so I'll definitely check in and have peek!

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    3. These are great! We used it as a procedural text lesson, and used markers in class. They turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  2. I love your reindeer. They are so so cute!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. How do you keep the students clean with the smudgy oil pastels?

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    2. I did Jasper the Rabbit from Creepy Carrots with oil pastels with my 1st graders. Turned out so cute. Going to do these reindeer right after Thanksgiving.Did you use watercolor paints or poster paints?

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  3. The reindeer are adorable! I am going to try and squeeze these in before the holidays. Love your blog!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm still learning the ropes when it comes to blogging, so I appreciate the compliment!

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  4. Oh My Goodness!! These are soooo cute!!! I am going to add this activity to my week's activities before Christmas break!! LOOOve! Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you invited me to check out your blog!
    Nancy
    firstgradewow.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so happy you came by! I love your blog! I also teach first grade so I am able to use many of your ideas. I especially love your 100 chart mystery pictures!
      Roze

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  5. Awesome, perfect for my Grade 1s today who needed a festive lesson. I posted my results on my blog with a link to your lesson. Thanks so much! Danielle :)
    artroomwithaview.blogspot.ca

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    1. They look great!! Thanks so much for sharing your results, and for the link up!
      Roze

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  6. Thanks so mcuh! We used this asd art work for our parents christmas cards this year in my class!

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    1. I love it! Glad that I could inspire!

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  7. These are so super cute. Love them, thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower and found you from pinterest. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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    1. I'm glad you found me. I've been checking out your blog. Lots of fabulous ideas!
      Roze

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  8. So cute. I'm trying this tomorrow!

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    1. Fantastic! Best of luck with it!

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  9. Hi just came across your blog and it's fantastic. we just did the reindeer portraits and the class loved them - it was great to have directions which are so clear. I have just shared your blog with the other teachers in our school here in Kinvara in Ireland. I am new to blogging this year and am using kidblog with my 5th class. One of the teachers here, Aisling also has a great blog with lots of Art and other ideas. http://aislingstreasures.blogspot.ie/ Thanks again
    Máire

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    1. That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing my site! My daughter, who does Irish dance, thinks it is so cool that you are from Ireland and are viewing my Canadian blog!

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  10. Me too I just discovered your blog and it is brilliant. Thanks for sharing. Good work.

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  11. Very Cute! Since we are already out of school, and I can't stand to just wait til next year, I am going to adapt it to be snowman portraits!

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  12. SUPER cute! I don't want to wait until next year so I think we'll do them when we come back from winter break... :)

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  13. I love your reindeer. I didn't see it until now, but definitely plan on doing it next year with my 5th graders when they study about reindeer.

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  14. I LOVE your blog and the reindeer, going to try that for sure! So happy I found you:)

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I love your blog too!

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  15. What kind of paint do you use? It looks so bright for water color! Great project!

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    1. It was actually slightly watered down liquid tempera paint. I recommend that you test it on paper first to make sure it isn't too watery and light. You could also use tempera block paints. Thanks for visiting!

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  16. Having my 12 year old do one right now. Wish Pinterest was around when they were younger!!!! Too CUTE!!!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this. I am so happy to hear that older kids are interested in some of my projects!

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  17. I *love* these! I had my third graders make these today, but we didn't paint them. Instead we used crayons, but they turned out perfectly!! I can't wait to get them up on my bulletin board outside. My students decided on the title: "Oh DEER! Christmas is almost here!!"

    Thanks again!

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    1. That is awesome! LOVE the title!!!

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  18. Sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing! Do you think water color paint can be used for this by chance?

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    1. I can't see why not. The results will depend on the type you use. I am a big fan of liquid water color paint

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  19. I LOVE these - they are so adorable! Thank you for sharing the step-by-step instructions for people who aren't so artistically-inclined (like myself)!

    Love to Learn

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  20. I saw these today in a first grade classroom in our district and thought how very cute they were. Then, tonight, while checking some of my favorite blogs, I stumbled upon you...the source! Too cute! Going to have to add you to my list to follow! KinderCoaster

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  21. LOVE THESE!! They came out adorable! :) Thank you for the step-by-step directions! My students will really enjoy this art lesson!

    Aris
    Sailing into Second

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  22. I'm trying these today! I'm wondering if I would be able to reprint your lesson on the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Education website. We would of course give you credit and link to your blog. Please email me and let me know! Thanks! hadwen.karen@nesd.ca

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  23. They are so cute!
    I discovered your site a few days ago and I do not get tired of the back view!
    I also have students who drew chilly reindeer ... our reindeer similar to yours but they are dressed!
    Congratulations for your wonderful work!

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  24. Thanks for sharing this! I used your fabulous directions and tried it with my students (I modified it a bit to tie it to what was going on in our room) but the kids loved them and I loved how they are somewhat similar but each unique! Thanks again!

    Kelli
    Tales of a Teacher

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    1. I love your results! And I LOVE your Moose on the Loose version of the Elf on the Shelf!!!!... And brrrrr! Stay warm!

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  26. I absolutely love this project. I did these reindeer portraits with my kindergartners this past Christmas, they turned out great! I did the line drawing as an echo draw with pencil, then traced over with oil pastels. We then used water color. Using the echo draw method made each portrait turn out unique and fun! I had some parents frame this project...that's how cute they were! I will do this project every year, thank you for sharing!

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  27. What a lovely comment! I love that some parents found it frame worthy!!! Great work!

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  28. We made these today.

    So bright and colourful and funny! Kids loved them.

    Thanks for a fabulous idea.

    Amanda (Perth, Australia)

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  29. My kindergarteners were laughing their heads off as they watched the personality their reindeer took on. What a fun project. Thank you!!

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    1. That is awesome! Glad they enjoyed it!!!

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    1. It was either 8 1/2 by 11 or 9 by 12 inch paper.

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  31. Can't wait to try this as a culmination drawing for our Reindeer Informational text and have kiddo discuss how Rudolph compares to a real reindeer. Did you use construction paper or a special kind of paper for this project? Thanks for sharing such wonderful directions as well!
    Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs

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    1. You are very welcome! We used cartridge paper.

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  32. Would I get the same result if I used crayons instead of pastels?

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    1. Yes! Just make sure you have nice solid lines. I would have the kids go over the antlers a few times with the crayon.

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  33. Thanks for sharing! Excited to try this with my 2nd graders this week!

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  34. Thank you for sharing a great activity!! I enjoyed creating this with my kinders.

    Julie
    Kindergarten To The Core

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  35. Did this with my first graders and they turned out so good! Thank you for the great step by step directions.

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  36. I did this with my first graders. They just used crayons but each one still turned out beautifully. Thank you so much.

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  38. I have been searching for a unique christmas painting for the upcoming holiday.

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  39. Hi I was looking for crafts to do with my 2nd grader over Christmas... I'm not an art teacher, just a mom! So could you tell me what you used for the colors? Was it Pastels water colors? Do you use them like you would crayons? Thanks! This is super cute, and I plan on doing this for one of our 25 days of Christmas activities.

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    1. We used oil pastels to outline the drawings and for the inside of the ears (and to add details to the scarves after they were painted. We used liquid water color paint for the red, brown and green parts. You could easily use crayons instead of oil pastels and get similar results.

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  40. Can't wait to show my students. They LOVE guided drawing, and we are doing fact and opinion on reindeer one day this week. Thank you!!!

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  41. I just did this with my kindergarteners with great success!!
    Thank you so much for this idea. I did go over their line work with a nice fat sharpie before they watercolored. The results are pretty great. I posted a pic of them to my instagram account if you want to check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/alaskan_anne/

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  42. Thank you for sharing this. These turned out absolutely precious!

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  43. i am for the first time here. I found this board and I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to present something back and help others such as you helped me. outdoor portraits

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  44. I'm in Japan. I'm going to do the reindeer pictures tomorrow with my first grade art class. Thank you for sharing your work :)

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