Art Project #85: African Savannah Silhouette Paintings

On Friday we went to see Born in China; the new Disneynature film and we all enjoyed it so much.  At one point during the movie we see a bunch of animals moving around on the screen at sunset with orange and yellow skies behind these black silhouettes... Evan leaned over and told me we should try making paintings like that..

Obviously I was going to honor that request!

We decided to pick African animals to go with our African study and it was just the perfect addition to our 100 days of Art Challenge.

We started by deciding where the ground would meet the sky and then filling in colors for our sunset.  We made sure to blend our colors together and then paint our ground black.

We let them dry.

To add the animals we decided that instead of trying to draw them and possibly ruining the whole painting that we would print off templates and use carbon paper to trace them onto our canvases.

Once traced the boys used black paint and paint brushes to color in the animals.

They look amazing!

Other Projects in this series:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
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  1. What a gorgeous art project! My parents are South African and I have always had a love of all things Africa! Going to give this one a try with my older kiddo! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh good; I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

  2. At first I thought this was a travel post - but then I read it! I love the way you presented the idea and the easy instructions! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

    1. Well,thank you! I try to keep the instructions easy and our lessons light and fun.

  3. These are seriously good! You are all so talented!

  4. Tracing paper!! That is genius! What a fantastic kids art idea. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

    1. I'd like to take credit for thinking of the tracing paper but it was only when my middle son took an art course and made an incredible bird painting that his art teacher told me about that trick. She said often in upper elementary and middle school kids stop trying to draw and paint because their skills have yet to catch up with their eyes and what might have been a good attempt in 2nd grade is no longer considered good enough in the eyes of the child. She suggested tracing paper and told me it wasn't cheating since it gave them great practice and allowed them to keep on doing art. I thought that was genius and such a wonderful way to look at it.

  5. those are gorgeous! My daughter did a similar project several years ago, but hers was a Western scene. Love this so much. :-)

    1. Thanks. I just loved how they came out; we ended up hanging them together in the playroom.

  6. This is a cool idea. The paintings turned out really nice and love the tracing paper idea.

    1. Thank you! One of my son's art teachers pointed out to us that tracing and graphite paper are just art tools and really don't take away from the art at all; especially for young kids/ boys who otherwise would choose not to do art.


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