The following are ideas for using
Dragons Dragons in the classroom.
- Submitted by Janice Curry
This spring my second grade students read the My Father’s Dragon books by Gannett. I also read several Eric Carle books aloud,fousing on the story and the beautiful illustrations. I had the children write their own dragon story. They made their own papers, using various tools to create textures, then they illustrated these stories using Eric Carle’s collage style. The results were spectacular!!
- Submitted by Mrs. Linda K. Nemeth
Art Lesson for 7th grade: Drawing Fantasy Animals of Eric Carle Using the Grid Method
Children of this age are usually bored with many of the thing they are asked to draw. I have a 1993 calendar (these illustrations are from Dragons, Dragons) that I have divided up and drawn 2” blocks over the pictures. First the students select the picture they want to do, then they lightly draw 2” blocks over their papers and copy one square at a time. Most are consequently thrilled with the quality of their work. I allow them to used mixed coloring media to finish.
We also study Eric Carle and how he makes his own illustrations using painted tissue paper. I have many example of his works I share. Some of these big brash teenagers remember some of them like The Very Hungry Caterpillar! At the end of each year I do a survey of which art project was their favorite, and “Drawing Fantasy Animals of Eric Carle” is number one!