Fourth grade at our school studies the Iditarod race. The kids follow it from the beginning to the end of the race and do all kinds of interesting activities as they study it. I thought it would be fun to do an art project on the Iditarod. I found a cool looking project on Artsonia by Zane-North Elementary School in New Jersey. I liked the mixed media aspect of the project and the different perspectives of including the sled dog portrait and the landscape.
First we cut out a mountain silhouette and set it on top of our 12x18 black construction paper.
Then we cut a 9x12 white construction paper in half and drew our dog portrait.
We outlined the dog in black permanent marker and then put it down where we were going to eventually glue it so we could start sketching in the winter landscape scene.
I had a doodle sheet of arctic animals and features to give the kids some ideas. They had to include their dog sled team with musher.
We also outlined those details with permanent marker. Then we started with watercolors on the landscape background first.
Then we painted our dog and once the background paint dried we painted in our finer details.
Then we got out our pastel chalks and worked on our aurora borealis designs. We removed the landscape and dog so that we didn't get chalk all over them. We then sprayed them with cheap hairspray so that the chalk would stay on better and not rub off on the white parts.
Then we glued everything back down and there you have it - some pretty cool Iditarod art for the classroom.
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