A “Crazy Critter” is an imaginary animal that students create by combining two or more ordinary animals. Second graders made sketchbooks to try out many different combinations. After choosing a favorite idea from their books, students in Mrs. Janock’s and Ms. Johnson’s classes drew a large version of their critter on a 16×22″ piece of paper.
We used 2H pencils to draw. The “H” in our pencils means the graphite is hard and will leave very light marks. That will be perfect for us, since we will paint our critters and we don’t want the pencil to show through or smudge! I asked students to check what type of graphite the pencils in their classrooms have (probably HB!) and try to compare how the pencil marks look.
After drawing their critter, students thought about what kind of environment it lives in. We came up with a lot of different ideas, such as deserts, caves, and ponds. If students had enough time after drawing, they outlined with a combination of thick and thin Sharpies. Next week we will use watercolor to paint.