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Thursday, 26 April 2018

School Holiday Project: Draw & Paint Tippie's Cat

In the previous blog I showed you how I helped the kids to draw and paint Tippie, the character from their school readers. When we were done with Tippie, the kids wanted to know if we could draw and paint his cat as well. I agreed that we should. At this stage they had gained enough confidence though to work ahead of me. As could be expected, their spatial orientation was not as good as in the first attempt, but I loved to see how they were able to interpret and dissect the lines all by themselves so that they effectively worked ahead of me who lugged behind with the camera.

This is the reader where we found the adorable characters.

I divided an A4 page in half to make the project slightly smaller and more manageable.

Start by wetting the watercolours as this makes it easier to work with later.

This is the picture of the cat we would be working on.

Start by drawing an oval for the head.

Mark the outline of the body with dots.

Connect the dots to draw the body.

Mark where the feet will go with dots.

Draw the inner legs.

Draw the bottoms of the legs.

Mark where the feet will go.

Draw the feet.

Connect the dots to draw the outer legs.

Erase the body lines where it runs through the legs.

Draw a circle in the head for the mouth.

Complete the mouth.

The eyes are mere dots.

Draw the whiskers.

Draw the outer ears.

Complete the ears.

Draw a curved line for the tail.

Complete the tail with a similar curved line running next to it. Connect at the end.

The drawing of the cat was now finished.

I found a picture inside the book to show me the colours of the cat.

I simulated the dots and markings on the cat.

I only painted these dots on the cat.

My finished version of Tippie's cat.

Our three cats together.

Why don't you try something similar with the readers your child brings home from school?

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