Thursday, May 17, 2018

World Cup Art (India): Watercolor Indian Elephants

Credit: Art Projects for Kids

Your World Cup country is India! We are going to be learning about the country and going on an elephant safari! Then we'll draw and paint our own Indian Elephants!

Which country comes to mind first, when talking of elephants? India! For some reason, people have always connected elephants with India when surprisingly enough, its not even the country’s national animal! This is perhaps because only in India elephants are elaborately decorated, painted and celebrated like nowhere else in the world.

In China, India and Africa, the elephant is a symbol of beauty, power, dignity, intelligence and peace. The elephant is generally considered a symbol of good luck and the animal is a symbol of good fortune.

In Asia elephants symbolize the divine and certain ceremonies even occur in which people make offerings to elephant and wash and anoint them with special oils and colors during various festivals. It is a way of asking for their family or the community to be blessed with luck and good will because elephants also symbolism strength, good health, and longevity.

Many communities still consider the Elephant to be a strong symbol of luck and good fortune and the famous saying goes “keep a lucky elephant at the door to your house so that you can get protection from bad luck and only invite inside the good”.

Aren't they beautiful?! Let's make our own Indian elephants!

Watercolor paper
Black Sharpies
Crayons - Classroom Pack (including white)
Liquid Watercolors Paint (Gray and Orange)

Directions: Follow my instructions with this guided draw! Please do not work ahead. Please put your name on the back of your watercolor paper. Watch me draw and then you can draw. We want our elephants to take up the entire sheet of paper, so if you need to practice the first step with your finger, you can do that now.

Step 1. With your pencil, draw the beginning of a large letter "G" on the left half of the paper.

Step 2.  Add the straight back line.

Step 3.  Draw the rest of the trunk.

Step 4. Add the cheek. The line should stop at an imagined neck.

Step 5. Draw the front leg.

Step 6. Add a curve for the belly.

Step 7. Draw the tusk coming out of the cheek.

Step 8. Erase the lines inside the tusk.

Step 9. Draw a large ear and erase lines that end up inside.

Step 10. Add a small eye and toenails.

Step 11. Take your Sharpie and go around all of the lines that you have already completed. Then, use a white crayon (shown in gray below) to add wrinkles to your elephant. Make sure to press hard!

Step 12. Use warm colors (red, orange, yellow) to draw adornments on the elephant with color crayons. Make sure to press hard!

Step 13. Paint the elephant gray and your background orange with the liquid watercolor paint. Beautiful!

Now that we've completed our elephant art, why don't we watch a video about an elephant creating art!

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