Australian Native Animal Ink Wash Drawings

Term: 2 Year: 2019

Students participated in a whole school community art project organised by the Croydon Conservation Society which focused on native animals living in the local area.

Called “Love where you live” students’ completed oil pastel/ ink drawings of a variety of animals including butcher birds, spotted pardalotes and rosellas. These were individually laminated and attached to a wooden tree made by the local men’s shed and exhibited at Croydon Centro.

Scaffolding the art making process enabled students to produce high quality works. To begin with, they were provided with two references to help them; coloured photocopies of animals taken from the CCS website as well as observational line drawings that highlighted the interconnecting shapes of these animals. Students made pencil drawings of their chosen animal then added oil pastel and finally, an ink wash over the top.

Students were introduced to Keith Haring, a fun and engaging artist for primary aged students to make art works in the style of. Always keen to use textas, his art gave them a perfect opportunity to use them! The process involved, students making pencil drawings that focused on bold simple shapes that were outlined in black and coloured in using bright colours.

Year 3/4
Croydon Primary School, Croydon