These are so stinkin’ cute I can’t even deal. I think this is my favorite art project of all time! To get ready for this project, my students read some awesome books by Eric Carle, who illustrates them using a great painted-paper collage technique to create textures. (If you aren’t familiar with his books, you should definitely check them out. They’re an art teacher’s dream!) We then watched a video in which he shows how he created “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
Then, we painted some papers with tempera paints (sometimes one color, sometimes two similar (analogous) colors) and used common items such as forks, sponges, combs, bubble wrap, and corks to create interesting textures in the paints. We let those dry until the next week, and then we created our own pictures of animals in their habitats by cutting shapes out of the painted paper and collaging them to make our pictures.
This is a great way to teach texture, painting techniques, analogous colors, and also branch out into biology!