3rd graders looked at photographs of the African Crowned Crane and we discussed how to step by step draw this bird. We used 12x18 paper so that we could draw large, like this bird is.
Students could choose to use colored pencils, crayons or oil pastels for color.
They were asked to pay attention to detail and texture.
It always amazes me how different each piece of art is; how each person sees and interprets things differently. I also notice who hears what I say and who chooses to go their own way. I know as an artist sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn't. As a teacher I struggle with that "freedom" for my students. I can't grade on natural ability so most times my rubrics are about following directions. When you put creativity as part of the rubric it gets lost in how you interpret that. Anyone else struggle with this?