ETCHED INSECTS – Colour, Line, Pattern

Students create a small crayon etching of an insect and its energy.

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ETCHED INSECTS – Colour, Line, Pattern


  • Crayola Crayons - 24 Count
  • Cardstock Paper - 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm (5" x 5") - 2 pieces per student
  • Toothpicks
  • Pencils


Step 1
  1. Find pictures of the insect you want to draw.
  2. Use the picture as a guide to draw the insect on the cardstock paper.
  3. Add a few details in the background.
Step 2
  1. Cut out the main parts of your drawing.
  2. Place the cut-out on a piece of cardstock paper.
  3. Trace around it.
Step 3
  1. Colour the entire paper with different colours of crayon.
  2. Press hard to cover the paper with a thick layer of wax colour.
Step 4
  1. Place your drawing on a piece of newsprint paper.
  2. Cover the entire drawing with black crayon.
  3. Press hard and colour in different directions overlapping the colour as you go.
  4. Use a tissue to brush the small bits of crayon onto the newsprint as you work.
Step 5
  1. Tape a wooden toothpick to the end of a marker.
  2. Leave about 1.5 cm extending past the end of the marker.
Step 6
  1. Place the cutout drawing on top of the black crayoned paper.
  2. Use the toothpick tool to scratch an outline around the shapes.
Step 7
  1. Scratch different patterns into the surface.
  2. Use line and shape to create contrast and rhythm.
  3. Polish the finished drawing with a soft tissue.
Step 8
  1. View the finished drawing with fresh eyes.
    - Are there spots that need attention?
    - Have you used different lines and shapes to create patterns?
    - Does the insect stand out against the background?
    - Do the colours and patterns move your eye through the composition?
    - Does the design suggest the energy of the insect?
    - Does the surface shine?
    - Is the paper in good condition?
    - What do you like best about your drawing? Why?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Science,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8,

    • Grade 9

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