This past weekend I found this amazing site that has tonnes of cute and cool drawing tutorials. As soon as I saw this Frankenstein drawing I knew I had to do it with my Grade 1/2 class. Visit Rob's site at Art For Kids! for many many more great Halloween (and other) drawing ideas. Thanks for the inspiration Rob!!!
I also modified the drawing slightly to create a female version.
Kids often have a tough time drawing large shapes and I really like to encourage "bigger is better" when I plan on painting. We followed the same technique as used in my Reindeer Portrait tutorial. Kids put down their non-drawing hand on the paper and have to create their head shape around their hand. They do not trace their hand, but know that the pencil line has to go all the way around their hand.
After their drawings are completed they take a yellow crayon to trace all the way around their kid, pressing firmly and creating a thick outline. From there they draw and colour electricity or lightning strikes from their kid to the edge of the paper. Besides adding some very cute detail to their drawings, the crayon also helped keep the paint inside the lines where it needed to be. Students also used crayons to colour in their bolts, belts, socks and shoes.
Finally, we used watercolours to paint the larger portions of the Franken-kid and the background.
I just love the way they all turned out! I couldn't decide which one was cuter!