16 Sep


It sure has been awhile since I have updated but here I am! I transferred to a new elementary art position this summer and have been busy these first few weeks of school settling in. I will share more about that adventure soon! For now, I want to continue with my posts from last school year. There are so many wonderful creations to show.

My second grade students created giraffes for their African Art project. We studied some interesting facts about the giraffe through a NatGeo video. Did you know giraffes can crush a lion’s skull with their long legs? Or that their feet are the size of dinner plates? How about that they only sleep for about 20 minutes a day and eat 75 pounds of food daily?? Fascinating stuff. After studying the patterns and details of giraffe faces up close, students began their sketches.

After tracing pencil lines with a Sharpie, students used crayons and earth toned watercolors to give their giraffes a resist texture. For the background, we studied the traditional Adrinka symbols and viewed this video. Students had handouts to reference and created a pattern using their favorite symbols. They look great together!


The student above wanted to draw a baby giraffe too.




  1. lola September 17, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    thank you for sharing. i am subscribed to your blog because the enchanting work of the children. It is wonderful to see how each child “see” giraffes, lions, zebras, and how each of them emphasizes what catches their eyes and no one is like other. I love their use of color too.

    • colorsofmyday October 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Thanks so much, Lola! It’s great seeing how every child interprets the directions and inspirations differently to come up with their own unique creations. Such a joy!

  2. artwithmsk September 17, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    These are awesome — they all look so unique! I love the contrast of teh blue paper and yellow giraffes. I’m definitely pinning this!

    • colorsofmyday October 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you! Sharing ideas with fellow art teachers is the best 🙂

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