Art Classes: Level I


Level I-Art Lesson 5: The Dragonfly from Ecuador


Learn to draw a dragonfly inspired by artists from Ecuador working with recycled glass

Art Lesson Description:

You have probably seen dragonflies hovering lazily over water or elegantly perching on a stem on the water’s edge.  Their seemingly quiet behavior hides the fact that these insect helicopters have a voracious appetite for other insects, especially mosquitoes and gnats.  They can eat enough insects to equal their own weight in half an hour!

Artists from Ecuador have made a nightlight from recycled glass that depicts a dragonfly hovering over a bubbly glass pond.  The combination of opaque and translucent glass inspires our lesson.  We use oil pastels and watercolors to create a similar effect of opacity and translucence.

The dragonfly is VERY easy to draw.  The coloring—with oil pastels and watercolors—is more complicated.  With very young children you will probably prefer to stick with magic markers.   Either way, you will find this a satisfying project, as well as a good introduction to dragonfly life.  We suggest using acrylic glitter glaze to finish the project.  It gives a wonderful sparkling finish.  Use it if you have it on hand.

 

THIS LESSON IS OFFERED IN BOTH VIDEO AND POWERPOINT FORMATS


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 dragonfly warm-up
  • 1 sheet of 8 ½” x 11” watercolor paper + one 6” x 6” scrap of paper
  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • 1 set of 8 or 12 watercolors
  • 1 set of oil pastels
  • Masking tape
  • A surface to tape the watercolor paper onto (a piece of 12” x 16” masonite will work well)
  • A ½” flat wash watercolor brush
  • 1 bottle or cup for rinsing brushes
  • acrylic glitter glaze

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 25 (1 bug) - 40 minutes
  • Total time: 65 minutes

 


The Original Object
The Original Object
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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