Elementary Art – Romero Britto Drawing

This is an art project I like to do with different grade levels. I will go as young as kindergarten with it because it teaches so many different concepts, but of course the older students can have fun with it too and they will of course get a more polished result. Students start by drawing a cartoonish animal. I like requiring them to draw animals because it is a complex challenge for them but also brings in a little bit of the cute factor to make it engaging. One of the foundational skills all kids need is learning to draw complex designs as a collection of simple shapes. Cartoon imagery is great for practicing and developing that skill. Next, they add lines and shapes to break up the drawing giving it the fragmented appearance of a cubist piece although my younger students seem to make a better connection to something like a puzzle. Finally, they color one small shape at a time putting different colors and patterns into each shape. As a final step, I recommend students outline with black. It helps make the picture look neater and tends to make the colors pop a little more.


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