1. I demo-ed this how to draw a giraffe in front of the class. Students drew with me on long pieces of tagboard using pencils.
2. After erasing any mistakes, I had them Sharpie over their pencil lines.
3. We used colored Sharpies to make the crazy patterns in the giraffe spots.
4. This was a two day project and on the second day we used Sharpies and rulers to break up the space behind the giraffes. Then, colored the spaces in with oil pastels.
5. For the giraffes head and neck we used the side of a white crayon but some students opted to go for crazy colors for the giraffe's ears and muzzle. (The next time I do this project I'll ask students not to color the ears crazy colors because they blend in too much with the background.)
6. Lastly, I had them use bright colors of tempera paint mixed with a little corn syrup to paint over and then rub back off with a rag or paper towel. The students that used the most colors and painted them on in patches, had the best results.
This project could easily be done on watercolor paper with watercolors instead of tempera and there would be no need to wipe off excess paint.