Fourth Graders love this direct drawing project because it is fun and flexible while allowing for lots of creative expression.
This is a two part project that can be directed to connect to language arts and skill building. Because it involves a direct drawing element, all students have the same tools to feel successful and then they are free to develop their own personal expression through, color, details and background. I use white glue on black or dark brown paper, but first have students practice on sketch paper with pencils, working on ear placement and facial proportions. Have students put their name on the back of the black paper before they start drawing with glue. Allow at least 48 hours for glue to dry. Add color, patterns and details with chalk pastels and set with fixative.