- water color paper (cut into 6"x9" pieces)
- water color paint sets (or liquid water colors-primary colors)
- paint brushes, cups of water
- sponges cut into small pieces (1 for each child)
- tissue or paper towels
- colored construction paper for mounting dinosaurs
- dinosaur books.
- Show pictures of the Stegosaurus. Discuss parts of its body and what they were possibly used for. Talk about texture of a dinosaur's skin and possibilities of colors dinosaurs could be.
- Review color wheel and how to mix the primary colors.
- Have a student help another student trace his/her foot on water color paper.
- Identify the color of wash each child will start out with on their water color paper. Each child makes a wash of light color. Paint wash inside foot shape. Allow to dry.
- Demonstrate how to use less water to create the texture on top of the wash by using a complimentary color dabbed on by a sponge or a paint brush.
- Paint experimentally on the parts of water color paper that surrounds the foot. Experiment more with colors. Cut triangles out those pieces. They will be used for the plates and tail of the Stegosaurus.
- Glue on parts of the Stegosaurus on background paper. Add a face with black marker or paints. Making a background is optional with pastels or crayons.
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Visual Arts Frameworks Standards used in this project:
- Skills, Processes, Materials and Tools - 2.2
- Communication and Expression Through Original Artworks - 2.3, 2.4
©   Deborah Padrick   2003