How can you tell a giraffe they CAN'T? As artists we can draw giraffes doing anything they want to do. Let's make sure that our Giraffes can live theirdreams to DANCE!
Giraffes Can't Dance Book
Second graders hear the story of Gerald the Giraffe. We think about how we can help giraffes dance as artists by learning how to draw them in any pose we choose.
Process: dancing giraffe
Drawing a giraffe in a dancing pose uses problem-solving skills as children transfer what they know about a giraffe's body and how it might look in this imaginative way. To avoid some common issues with young artists, I made one oval tracer for the body, one oval tracer for the face, and passed out 4 tongue depressors each. These shapes will help them concretely plan the placement of the head, body, and legs before they begin.
Students used ovals and popsicle sticks as aids to concretely pose their giraffes.
Dancing with the stars
Finished Giraffe Paintings
Other things #GiraffesCAN do
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Giraffes CAN Dance Video
Every 2nd grader used a digital photo of their giraffe painting to make a dancing animation using both Superimpose (to erase the background) and Do Ink animation app to give it an animation path. Each of the five classes had a different "digital dance move to contribute. Stay tuned to the end to see some super cute faces sharing their work.
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