This is a two-week project. The first week, students create a 'Northern Lights' sky background using chalk and paint. The second week, introduce polar bears with a book and then draw them step-by-step with the students. Supplies
for week 1
12X18 dark brown paper (black or dark blue might be good too)
Chalk pastels (in Northern Lights colors)
Tissues for blending
Black paint in jars for every table
White ‘snow’ paint….I watered it down for splattering and had it a special art center Week 1:
1. Start the lesson by showing them this video: http://www.planet-science.com/categories/under-11s/our-world/2012/01/have-you-seen-the-northern-lights.aspx
Some kids have heard of the Northern Lights because of the movie: The Polar Express. Give a brief explanation about what causes the sky like this. I had to explain that we would not be able to see this in the sky where we live because we don’t live near the North Pole. The students loved this 'North Pole' video...it is very appropriate for this time of year!
2. I pointed out a couple of photos in the art room of the Northern Lights and then got right to work on the demonstration.
3. Northern Lights Sky Picture:
a. Use the side of the chalk to quickly fill up the whole paper with color.
b. Use a tissue to blend the color.
c. Use black paint to paint some Fir trees. Paint a long stick for the trunk, and then pull the branches downward, starting at the top. I showed them how to “NOT” do it, spreading out the limbs with a lot of space between each one.
d. I demonstrated how to bring the paper to a special art painting center to do the splatters. I had the stick one stiff finger out and pretend to hold a brush to practice before they do it later.
e. After adding the snow, put the paper in the drying wrack and wash down table with a wet paper towel.
f. For free time, students may look at books or do the free time activity. Week 2 Supplies:
Blue paper (I cut mine to 10X16) Baby blue worked better than the darker blue
Felt cut into strips
1. Read Eric Carle Polar Bear book….or use any book.
2. Demo how to draw the bear with white chalk. Use a fingers to blend the white chalk. Use black to make the ears and chin. Add dark black for the nose and eyes. Don’t blend the eyes and nose! The bears turned out better when I demonstrated 3 ways of making the mouth: with teeth, smiling, and with the 'cat' sort of mouth.
3. Cut out the bear, be careful not to cut out off the head (and ears), we want the neck attached.
4. Wash hands. I passed out a wet paper towel to each student to wipe off fingers.
5. As soon as hands are clean, students can pick out a piece of felt for a scarf. Demonstrate how to cut fringe on the ends. Wrap around the neck. Some kids can tie, but some of my felt wasn't long enough that. Glue bear down towards the bottom of the background from last week.
6. Put bear in the drying wrack. For free time, students may look at books or do the free time activity. I had a little 3-d bear for them to make...using a tracer, they could cut out the bear on a folded piece of paper towards the fold at the top, and after cutting it out, it would stand up. They had to have hands and table really clean since it was a white polar bear.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might've seen this sneak peek of my drying wrack. Follow me @ nelliemaeii
If you teach K and 1st, then you know that sometimes you need a 'what not to do' example. This was the worst case scenario. OVER-blended the face, got the scarf dirty, etc.
Thanks to MaryMaking
for all of the inspiration for this very successful project, I am obsessed with some of her polar bears..I've got them on my desk top and I looked at them a LOT to help me prep for this project. I am currently doing it with 1st and 2nd grade also this year. Also to my mentor for suggesting the felt scarves. I ordered a BUNCH of felt and wasn't sure what to do with the strips...this was the perfect solution.
Product review and owl lesson plan for Kindergarten
It's a marker. It's paint. It's an oil pastel.
It was hard to explain to my students exactly what we were using....but the results are kind of awesome.
Normally, this lesson is done with white paint the first week on a dark color of construction paper, like black. The 2nd week, I have students use chalk to draw the details of the owl over the top of the dried white paint. This year, I took the plunge and invested in a class set of the Play Color and Metallic Play color poster paints.
We used them in place of the chalk pastels.
The colors were so vibrant! Also, these poster paints basically eliminated the mess that chalk creates with this project. The initial investment is rather expensive, but now that I have the class pack, I can order another one and I will always have some extra in the future.
I did remind mine NOT to twist the color all the way out. I noticed that one of the reds had been mistreated...and the tip broke off...but I pushed it back into the hollow tube and it worked okay for a while. I also show them not to rub the paint at first, it will feel wet, but it dries fast. I like these because they don't smear like oil pastels.
I was very happy with the class pack. It was just enough for my 13 classes of K and 1st to do this project. I still have some left over, but probably not enough to do a big project like this again. The metallic silver and gold are exceptionally nice. Week 1
Materials Required: black 16X10 construction paper, white crayons, white tempera paint, books about owls, owl pictures, Goals & Objectives:
The primary goal of this lesson is for the student to use lines and shapes.
GLEs Accomplished In Lesson: Kindergarten
PP 3. G Create an original artwork that communicates ideas about the following themes: Outdoors (seasons, nature) EP1.A Identify and use lines 1.B Identify and use shapes, Categorize large and small 1.E Identify and use color1st Grade
PP 1.A Fill an area with solid color/value using crayon, pencil, or marker
1.B Apply paint with a dragging, not pushing motion
EP 1.B Identify and use triangle, circle, square, rectangle and oval shapes
Categorize large and small and mediumProcedure (Guided Lesson, Instructions, etc):
This year, I requested my librarian to order some new books about owls. As a result, there are many cute ones to choose from. I selected the book: Little Owl's Night
. It is SO cute!Project (Steps, Examples, etc):
1. Read the owl book to students. I showed everyone what they could do after painting, because the painting really doesn't take the whole art time. I show them all of the owl books in the room, I have some art centers set up with an owl magazine, a coloring page of an owl, and markers to use for that. I also have a couple of 'worksheets' about owls that they can do. Many choices.
2. When I distribute the paper, I demonstrate where to write their names. I have all of the papers folded 'tall and skinny' in half.....so that the back is making a peak in front of them when I set it down, and we will flip it over, and do the painting on the other side. I quickly have them write their names on the back, with a white crayon and then put on a paint shirt. I pick up all of the white crayons as soon as they are done with names...so that they don't accidentally try to draw the owl.
3. I demonstrate on my painting, how to paint a large 'B'. Put the stem of the B on the fold. It HAS to be on the fold. Paint the curved lines of the B and fill the whole thing in solid white.
4. Fold over gently, rub the back of the paper (one boy threw his on the ground and stomped on it….it did make a cool texture for feathers)……open it up and see a symmetrical owl…This is a really big "WOW" moment..I make a big deal of of it...ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? before I open mine up.
5. Lastly, demo how to add a tree branch, stamp the brush for leaves, add a full or crescent ‘c’ moon, and add a few small stars. Mention that they should be careful not to totally cover the paper with white paint…it will be a snow scene and the owl won’t show up….Explain that next week, we will draw on the details, once the white paint is dry. Students need to put them in the drying wrack to dry.
6. Pass out the paint, let students work…cleanup.Week 2MATERIALS
Play Color Poster Paint, glue, 12X18 paper for the frameProcedure/Steps/Examples
1.Today we are finishing the owl. The white paint is dry. I taught students this fun owl poem:
There’s a wide-eyed owl
With a pointed nose.
He has pointed ears
And claws for toes.
He sits in a tree
And looks at you.
Then he flaps his wings
And says, “Tu-whit, tu-whoo”
2. Since coloring the owl does not take the whole art time, I had supplies available for students to make an owl puppet. I have a cute printed mini owl that they can color and cut out and attach a puppet stick.
3. Demonstrate how to use the Play Color Poster Paints to add the details. Draw the eyes, add a beak (I showed an easy way and a hard way), add feathers for the wings...students could put one wing and a belly or two wings. Demonstrate how to color the tree, leaves, moon, and stars. Remind them that they do not have to color the sky since it is already black like night, but if they want to make it more spooky, they can put purple and blue around the background like a spooky haze.4. Demonstrate how to add a frame around the edges. I had 3 colors for them to choose from. Students had to glue the owl in the center, and put lines around the edges. I demonstrated how to draw the lines on the bottom, then turn the paper all the way around as they add lines to each edge.
Assessment and Reflection: The students will use the play color poster paints to color a night owl scene according to a teacher constructed rubric. Students should be able to use the white paint, the poster paint, draw the shapes, and color essential parts of the composition with little or no teacher assistance.
Kindergarten and 1st grade Painted paper Collage
Way back at the end of September, students painted a 12X18 sheet of white paper with hot colors. Most of them mixed all the colors together to create a lovely, textured orange paper. In October, I cut the papers in half for students to create a pumpkin collage. I still had tons of the paper left over, so I decided to design a project to use up the last of the paper.
I designed this specifically for K, but I am going to use it for 1st grade as well.
At the end of this post, I will explain my modifications for each grade.
Black and white oil pastels
Previously painted orange papers (could use construction paper...might be able to add fur texture with orange oil pastels)
black yarn cut into small bits for whiskers
12X12 turquoise paper
white speech bubble (I pre-cut all of these)
Step 1: Demonstrate how to draw the fox with a black crayon. I had my kinders draw this step-by-step with me...since I wanted them to draw this BIG on the 9X12 painted orange paper, I knew that I needed to model this step perfectly.
Step 2: Color in the white cheeks with an oil pastel. Also color the black nose and eyes with a black oil pastel (could just use a black crayon). I demonstrated how to add a white highlight on the eyes.
Step 3: Cut it out. Be careful not to cut off the nose or ears...if an ear is snipped off, I demonstrated how to use a corner scrap to make a new ear.
Step 4: Glue to the 12X12 turquoise background paper. Could use either a glue stick or white glue.
Step 5: Explain what a 'speech' bubble is...and how to put it on the paper. Make sure the point, is pointing at the fox. Give a few suggestions for 'what the fox says.' Write the sentence or phrase in sharpie. Sign name on the front in sharpie then glue the speech bubble in place.
Step 6: Add black whiskers with a big dot of white glue. I point out where the whiskers should go...and mention that some kids have used the black yarn as eyebrows and eyelashes as well.
When students were finished, I allowed them to color a fox coloring sheet to take home or look at a book. The fox coloring page is from Feed Your Soul Art
. Please head over there to print your own free version!
I also allowed them to watch the video during the last few minutes of art. I projected it on the smart board. If they wanted to get up and dance around, I also allowed them to do that. Here it is on YouTube if you haven't seen it
I asked them PLEASE do NOT torture your classroom teacher with the song all afternoon. PLEASE do not sing it in your classroom!! This was a special treat today, and the classroom teachers will be so mad at me if everyone is singing this song all day.
In the slideshow above, you will notice that I have a few foxes with the body and legs....I tried that with my very first class of kindergarteners...it was super hard for them to cut out the legs...so I changed up the design for kindergarten, and decided that the HEAD only would be best.
For first grade, I will demonstrate BOTH methods and allow them to choose which one they want to do on their painted paper.
This lesson would be best for a 30 minute art time....stretching it out to 50 minutes was a little tough to keep them busy the entire time because they will race through the fox. It might be good to squeeze in a little fox poem or book if you have one. I have 1st grade for one hour, so I will plan an additional activity at the end....
Please let me know if you try this lesson, I would love to see a link to your student work in the comments! Some of you may have seen a sneak peek of this if you follow me on Instagram at nelliemaeii.
If you follow me on Instagram @nelliemaeii you might've seen this picture.
I really wanted to play around with my Halloween costume
and create a more surreal backdrop than my classroom.
So I found a picture of clouds on a google search (because I didn't have a good one on my camera roll) and used the Sumperimpose
app to mask out the background and layer my portrait over top of the clouds as a tribute to The Son of Man by Rene Magritte.
This is my first attempt at using this app, it was challenging to mask out my busy background!
The Superimpose app
for iPad and iPhone is only $.99.
It has a lot of potential as a 'photo shop' tool in the classroom.
Have you tried out this app with students? I would love to see work samples, please leave a link in the comments.
Hey Look! I'm a Magritte!!
This was an easy costume to pull together. I had everything...except the bowler hat, which I picked up at a costume shop for $10.
I attached the apple and leaves by wrapping a black piece of wire around the hat and twisting it around the FAKE apple stem and leaves. The apple is styrofoam so it was very light weight. I DID carry a copy of the painting in my pocket as a reminder to my students (and an art lesson to my co-workers). The older kids recognized me, as we have just finished a unit on surrealism. The younger ones thought I was an apple tree. HA!
*EDIT: Did you see Cassie
and I had the same idea this year? Cassie's cloud tights are waaaaay awesome!!
Have you seen the alcohol ink tiles all over Pinterest? These make great coasters, but I wanted a permanent installation in my classroom so I had my students design a tile for the tile wall.
The students used Adirondack Ranger Inks at a little art center I had set up in the corner of my classroom. (I purchased the inks one package at a time, for several weeks using up my Michaels and Hobby Lobby 40% and 50% off coupons). The inks can be a little pricy, but they are so colorful that they are worth it! I limited the kids to 3 colors because I was afraid of running out.
After the ink dried, I sprayed the tiles with Krylon's Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Acrylic Glaze
During parent teacher conferences, I had a station set up to allow any parents who stopped by to visit my room to make a tile. Not very many stopped in, so I had plenty of time to install the tiles--it only took about an hour and a half to do this whole wall. We used liquid nails
to adhere the tiles to the wall and placed the tiles very close together. We did not use grout, we thought that it looked really cool without grout, but you could definitely grout yours if you decide to try this.
This colorful addition to my classroom will hide splatters of dirty water. It will be easier to wipe off. Best of all, this whole project was relatively inexpensive. If you decide to try this, it would be worth asking PTO to purchase the tiles and ink.
Alcohol Ink Tile Backsplash Supplies Needed:
Adirondack Ranger Inks
Sponge brushes (to apply the alcohol evenly to the surface of the tiles)
White ceramic tile
Krylon's Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Acrylic Glaze
Dry tile cutter
Step 1: Watch this video
on how to make alcohol ink tiles. (It says to use a blending solution...I just used rubbing alcohol)
Step 2: Spray tiles with an acrylic glaze. Let dry for 4 or more hours.
Step 3: Install your tile wall using liquid nails. Just squirt it out on the back of the tiles and stick it on the wall. We also had a dry tile cutter to custom fit tiles around the wall and sink.
I searched and searched the internet for the perfect Pete the Cat
lesson. I found TONS of great ideas and put them all together for one fantastic kindergarten unit. I did this in September...and I was a little disappointed at first...but then I took a deep breath...and reminded myself: IT IS ONLY SEPTEMBER, and they turned out pretty cute. However, I know this would've been a supremely successful unit a little later in the year.
Week 1: We watched the Pete the Cat 'I love my white shoes
' video on Youtube.
I explained that we were going to be painting Pete the Cat
and the kids were very excited! They love Pete!
Demonstrate how to draw a 'portrait of Pete' from the 'shoulders up'. I gave everyone a yellow 9X12 paper, that was folded in half like a book.
Students drew along with me, step-by-step, drawing the head, neck, ears, eyes, nose, etc. On the other 'half' of the fold, we drew Pete's body. I explained that this would be 2 versions, or two different poses. I had a copy of the book, and I pointed out images that showed a close-up portrait, and an 'action' shot of Pete walking in his shoes.
Students wrote their name down the fold, and slid the drawing into the middle of the table. This yellow paper is the practice paper. Students had to choose their best version for their painting, which we would be doing next. If the action shot was hard, choose the close-up portrait. I picked up all of the yellow practice books while students put on paint shirts.
Step 2: On the board, I taped up two sheets of 12X18 white paper. I used a small brush dipped in black paint to paint both versions of Pete: the portrait and the whole body with his shoes. I explained as I demonstrated that students needed to paint each shape large, and if they made a mistake, try to 'make it work' and DON'T paint the whole paper solid black. We can always paint over a little black blob, but if the whole face is solid black, that is harder to fix later.
This reminds me of a little 'mine craft' cat...teehee.
Step 3: At the end of week 1, students could look at other Pete the Cat
books or practice drawing him again on a 'free' sheet. I also let some classes watch the '4 Groovy Buttons
' video if we had time.
WEEK 2: Finish painting Pete the Cat
, and make a Pete the Ca
t book to take home.
Step 1 Demonstrate how to color Pete's eyes with a yellow oil pastel. I also encouraged students to add any other 'tiny' details with oil pastels BEFORE we painted. If they forgot whiskers, draw them with a black oil pastel, if they wanted flowers or a sun or rainbow, draw those things with oil pastels. If they wanted pink inside the ears or ANYTHING, do it before we paint.
Step 2 Paint Pete with blue tempera paint. I demonstrated this whole thing in front of the class and explained thoroughly, that the blue tempera was ONLY for Pete's body, not the whole paper. Some still painted the whole paper blue. It happens.
Step 3: Use tempera cakes (watercolor would've been better), to color the sky, ground, etc. I demonstrated how to do a wash, getting the paper wet with water before putting the color on. It worked out OK, but some of the black smeared a tiny bit...that was frustrating. Watercolor would've been a little more vibrant.
This was a LOT of supplies on the tables for the students to manage. Two kinds of brushes, oil pastels, two kinds of paint. I could've used regular blue watercolor, or blue oil pastels...but the SAX Versatemp Ultramarine blue was just too perfect for Pete.
Step 4: When students were finished, they had a chance to make a little Pete Collage to take home the same day. YAY!
After trying to explain how to make a collage cat head, right before painting, and failing miserably to convey that the tan 'head' shape in the supply bucket was a "TRACER", mean to trace around to make a blue 'copy'....many, many, many of my 'tracers' were covered with whiskers and eyes....
I gave up trying to 'tell' and decided to 'show'....I made a poster, that I pointed to, while I demonstrated every step of this little cat head. Students could much more easily grab the supplies and complete this on their own after we were finished painting, once I had modeled HOW to do it.
Did I mention that I have kindergarten for 50 minutes?....and in September, it seems like I need multiple activities to keep them busy.
Once they had started the cat heads, I went around the room, and dropped off the yellow practice 'books' from the week before...students could glue the cat head to the front, and color the pictures and even write a sentence inside: I like my blue shoes.
This poster had to be very simple for my kinders to follow....but only after I modeled each step, could they really do it.
Working collaboratively is such an important skill for students. Recently, I had my 2nd-4th graders work with a partner on two large-scale projects back-to-back. Usually, the question is, 'who gets to take it home?'. I had them complete two projects together so that they can make that decision later on down the road, after I have had a chance to display the artwork for a few weeks. (Hopefully there won't be any major battles over who gets what!).
Students worked together to design icons for ten apps. If found this iPod printable
, and modified it to say iPad at the top.
They were to plan out each icon, and then draw it on a 4X4 white square. After outlining with a fine point sharpie, and coloring with markers, they laid the squares out onto a 24X36 black piece of paper, and used a glue stick to adhere. White colored pencils were used to add the iPad home button and other symbols.
I used recitethis.com
to compose a text to my students. I printed this sign in color, and hung it on the board, so that students could refer back to it throughout the lesson.
They were excited to get a 'text' from me...even though it was just a list of the steps...normally, I write those on the board...but this was a cool way to get the information to them.
I was amazed at the creativity that some students exhibited in this project. Their 'app' ideas blew me away! There were apps for all sorts of things: towing service, sewing, dentist, homework, and one boy even made an app that would activate his iPad from his phone an allow spider legs to pop out so it could crawl to him. WOW!
If I do this again, I will spend 3 weeks on this project, instead of 2....I allowed time at the end for students to stand up and share some of their best apps with the class and I wish I would've spent a little more time showing them really cool icons, and encouraging them to color the entire square....This would be a great project for older students....mine had some trouble with spelling, but its sort of charming so I don't have too many issues with a few misspelled words.
Check out the slideshow below for more examples of the finished product!
I'm currently in the midst of a two-project stretch of collaboration. On the first day of art, I told my students to select someone they could work well with, and sit side-by-side. I explained that we would be doing some group projects this year and they needed to find someone who would be a good partner.
After the 'getting to know you' activity from the first week, and painted paper the 2nd week, we were finally finished learning the procedures, and ready to jump right into a brand new unit.
This year, I really wanted to incorporate min 12 iPad minis right away. So I downloaded a couple of apps and created a gallery of images devoted to our very first project: Grumpy Cat. Students were introduced to this internet sensation via a youtube video
of him looking absolutely grump-tastic.
I explained that I wanted them to work together to design a painting based on his now-famous image. I provided them with an image of the step-by-step drawing (I loaded it into the camera roll on each ipad), and I created a folder on the iPad with a couple of grumpy cat games, and a link to a Flickr Gallery
of images that they could view for inspiration.
As a team, they should both share their ideas....but be willing to compromise....
Students could spend as much time on each activity as they wanted, just as long as they had a sketch by the end of the hour. The boys were especially attached to one of the games: A Grumpy Cat Escape From Mayan Temple.
If that was too hard, the easier game was Smiles for Grumpy Cat
. (Beware, the GrumpyBom Grumpy Cat photo booth
is not appropriate for elementary students.)
My initial intent behind providing the games was to allow them to take turns using the iPad in between drawing and looking at images for inspiration, and also to help get them excited about the new unit.
*Note: In retrospect, I remember thinking that the games were engaging on a surface level, but they didn't really challenge students to higher levels of thinking...it was frustrating that they weren't 'discovering' anything new...just pushing some buttons around to make a little cat jump and twist over obstacles...it didn't really give them any new art skills...and I was a little frustrated that I had chosen the games that I had. I really want to encourage my students to delve deeper into art concepts, and none of these apps really did that.
I did like having the flickr gallery available and a screen shot of HOW TO DRAW GRUMPY CAT
was on the camera roll for students to use if they wanted...and I didn't waste any copy paper providing these visuals for students. WEEK 1Basic steps of the project:
1. Sketch idea for a new grumpy cat painting. Discuss with your partner. Talk about the design.
2. Transfer drawing to clear acetate using a sharpie.
3. Enlarge drawing on 24X36 paper using an overhead projector. BIG PAPER!!
4. Color the small drawing on
paper, so that you will know what paint colors are needed. If you have a plan, both teammates will know where to put the colors.
When it was time to paint, I had students bring their small colorful drawing over to a paint center to 'order' their paint colors. I squirted the colors needed onto a paper plate (as if I was serving them a bit of food, little of this, little of that). I had everyone put on paint shirts, get a paper towel, and their own brushes of various sizes. I also put a water container on each table so that they could rinse their brushes between colors.
Steps for painting:
1. Paint the background first (even if you are just doing stripes or a pattern).
2. Paint the fur.
3. Save the small details and outlining for next week!
1. Finish small details, touch up any drips or mistakes.
2. Step back from your work to see what you need to fix/finish/improve.
3. Outline things with a small tiny brush or a sharpie. (Eyelashes, teeth, add texture)
We spent the last two art sessions painting. I encouraged them to save small details for the 2nd week of painting. I knew that some teams would finish painting pretty quickly during the 2nd week, so I showed them a couple of new apps. These are apps that I wanted them to try out, so that we can incorporate them into projects later. I even used one of them to explain the final steps of the project.
You can see my animated 'grumpy cat' on VIMEO HERE
The funny movie maker app
I encouraged students to take a photo of someone or something in the room and record a short clip of it using their own mouth to make it talk.
I also introduced them to the ColAR App
for the first time. They were really impressed!
At the very end of art, students had an opportunity to plan out their own apps for a custom iPad, the 2nd collaborative project of the unit.
Collaborative art is no cake walk. There were plenty of tears and frustrated students who wanted everything THEIR way! But there were also plenty of students who created to most lovely, beautiful, original art that would never have been created if they hadn't worked together in the design. It was very fun to work at such a large scale. The finished products are very stunning.
Have you ever had elementary students work collaboratively? Any tips on how to help them work together?
Back in the day....I was an avid scrapbooker. I still occasionally dabble in cards and memory albums...but my former obsession has me OVER stocked with pretty papers and embellishments that I will most likely never use. I decided to purge some of these items by donating them to my art room. I had a large amount of Halloween stickers, ribbon, and papers so I decided to design a craft project to incorporate them.
Since I really only have enough of these materials for one or two classes, I decided to spoil my after school art club. I know they are the ones who truly appreciate all the 'extras' on a collage like this one.
I had found a really cute witch on Pinterest and put it on my 'art ideas' board
. This sweet little witch was the perfect project! I totally stalked this artist's Flicker page
for TONS of cute collage ideas. She is one of my new favorites.
For the background, we used 'painted paper' that had been created during the 1st month of school. I had 25 'orange' pieces in my collection so I allowed them to choose one for the background...some are more pink or yellow, but it works. My students had made elf shoes last year, so they were able to make the boots pretty easily.
I gave a short demo on how to cut the dress, head, and explained how to make arms and legs. I had a parent volunteer in charge of cutting yarn for hair, and ribbon for trim on the bottom of the dress or around the hat.
As a finishing touch, I allowed them to paint glitter glue on to some spots with a small brush, and add a few halloween stickers to act as buttons. I encouraged some students to draw bats or spiders in the background if they wanted it a little more spooky. If they were going for glam, I told them to color the lips/blush with crayons.
If you decide to try this project, I would love to see! Please post a link in the comments.