Lesson: Neon Animals
June is Animals + Paper Month at Arts For Life, and students across the state are creating fabulous specimens of every genus and species! Animals get the black-light treatment in this lesson, created by our Winston-Salem program director, Betsey McLawhorn. The end result is so bright you’ll have to wear shades!
- Inspire creative thinking through drawing and the introduction of bold and bright color use in an unconventional way.
- Apply abstract concepts to drawing while promoting self-expression.
- White cardstock
- Black Sharpie
- Neon oil pastels
- Glue stick
- Solid bright cardstock
- Paper towels
- Blending sticks, optional
- Choose an animal to draw.
- Study the face of the animal.
- Sketch the head of the animal as large as possible on the white cardstock with a pencil.
- Trace over the pencil lines with a black Sharpie marker.
- Use oil pastels to color in the animal head. Color in sections – creating a rainbow of colors across the animal’s head.
- Blend the oil pastels with blending sticks or your fingers and a paper towel.
- Cut out the animal head and glue to a solid sheet of bright cardstock.
- Use neon paint.
- Check out the fun “grunge tigers” at this link, which inspired the lesson. For students with more time, add details like the students in the link did: glasses, bowties, hats, etc.
Photo: Neon Cheetah by Yareni, age 10
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