Are you ready for whale parade?
Visual arts are a great way to introduce or illustrate just about any topic in school.
Any project related to animals can be greatly enhanced by a craft activity related to the animal. Take for example the concept of endangered species. Many children may never have seen such animals, even if they live in an area where these animals exist. That is especially true for whales, which can generally only be seen out on the ocean.
To make children aware of these unfamiliar animals, the first step is to study what they look like. And what better way to do that than to represent a whale using some Bristol paper and paint!
For Earth Day, you could organize a "whale parade" where each kid carries their whale on their head (like a hat). Let the children be creative when they decorate their whale and each one will be different.
What you need
- a sheet of black Bristol paper and a small piece of blue construction paper
- paint (different colours)
- paint brush
How to proceed
Fold the sheet of black Bristol paper in half.
Draw the body of the whale, the tail and the fins on the half sheet of Bristol paper.
If necessary, use the diagram below as a guide.
Cut the two layers of Bristol paper to obtain the different parts of the whale’s body.
To create the whale’s body, first create each side of the body.
Start by gluing the tail to the rest of the body.
Separately, make the other side as a mirror image of the first side. Make sure that both sides of the whale have the same overall length.
Start by painting the inside of the eye with white paint.
Paint the other eye in white as well but don’t forget to work symmetrically otherwise one side will be on the inside and will not be visible.
Decorate one side of the whale as you wish. I wanted to represent a humpback whale, so I painted the belly gray and I made gray circles to represent the tubercles on the front of the head. The humpback whale has streaks on the belly that you can represent with black lines.
Note : to make circles, use a hollow bottle cap.
Paint the iris in a colour of your choice. Add a black dot in the centre of the iris with the tip of the handle of the paint brush. The black dot represents the pupil.
Decorate the other side of the whale symmetrically to the first side.
Draw a spray of water on blue construction paper.
Cut two layers of blue construction paper.
Glue the two layers of construction paper together so that the spray will remain vertical when it is glued to the whale.
To assemble the whale, place one of the halves with the unpainted side up. Apply glue all around except along the bottom edge.
Placed the spray of water between the two layers of the whale.
Put the other half whale on top of the first one so that the two halves match exactly.
Glue the fins on either side of the body.
For other Earth Day ideas, see my hub on How to make a Globe.