This is the end of the Body Figure lesson with my 2nd grade. I was very inspired by many image on Pinterest. I first saw the post by Bess Carter from it's an HSES Arty Party and I saw then Mrs. Knight's post from Smartest Artists. Both have slight variations of this same project. They turned out so darn cute!
You have seen many recent post about body proportion such as Using a Manqué for figure drawing and Using the iPad for figure drawing. So I started with drawing in their sketch book ideas of what their body would look like under water. I had them draw and outline with a sharpie marker as seen in the image above.
The kids colored with crayons but oil pastel might be nice as well. The final part step of coloring was the white lines to represent the water. Then I had the kiddo's paint with liquid watercolors at a painting station.
The finished products were undeniably cute!
One thing to consider when doing this lesson is the conversations you may have to have with your young students. One of the girls claimed that a boy at her table was drawing things that were not appropriate. I asked him to show me the image and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what she was talking about. I didn't see any of the typical 'inappropriate' body parts on the image... it turned out she was talking about nipples. Hummmm... how can I talk to the kids about nipples and not have every picture show predominate nipples in the end. I stopped the class and asked a question. "Do we all have belly buttons?" "Yes, Mrs. Hahn" they replied. "Well, if you can see your belly button when you have your suit on, then you can draw your belly button on your image." I thought this covered the issue (at least covered the 'right' parts:)).