ANIMAL POEMS – Texture, Colour, Value

Students use tempera paint to create a layered painting of an animal to illustrate a poem they have written.

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ANIMAL POEMS – Texture, Colour, Value


  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Find a good photograph of your animal.
  2. Make a viewfinder to focus in on the texture of the animal.
    - Cut 2 'L' shaped pieces of paper.
    - Place them together to frame a section of the picture you want to focus on.
    - Paper clip them in place.
  3. Paint the animal's skin texture on your whole paper using only black, white and grey.
    - Mix black and white together to get different shades of grey.
  4. This will be the background for your painting.
Step 2
  1. On a separate piece of paper paint just the animal.
  2. Use your photograph as a guide.
  3. Be sure to mix different colours to add details to your painting.
Step 3
  1. Carefully cut out the painted animal.
  2. Glue it on top of the black and white background.
Step 4
  1. View your painting with fresh eyes.
    - What do you notice?
    - What do you like best about your painting? Why?
    - Who would really like this painting? Why?
    - How does the poem you wrote connect with your painting?
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