Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Moose Silhouette Paintings


One thing we spent some time learning about on our journey to Alaska was the moose. My girls are very fascinated by animals (as are many children) and I plan on including as many as I can while we are learning about different cultures. We chose the moose for Alaska. It's a animal that is native to North America and is very prevalent in Alaska. It was also the perfect subject for an art project.

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After reading a few books about moose, both fiction and nonfiction choices, we found a picture to use as inspiration. After looking at the picture awhile, the girls chose a variety of paint colors they wanted to use and got to work on their interpretation of the picture. 



They painted mountains, grass, clouds, and lakes. While they were working on their painting, I made a couple of moose silhouettes. I found a simple coloring page to use as a template. I reduced the page to about 25% on my computer, printed it out, and used it as a stencil on black paper. Once I cut them out, they were ready.




After the painting were finished we let them dry for awhile before gluing our silhouettes on. The pictures turned out wonderful and the girls were very proud of their finished projects!



We had such a fun time learning about moose and creating beautiful pictures. If you're curious as to the books we read, I've included a selection in the carousel below.

Are you going to join us on our trip around the world? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Try one of these books for inspiration: 
Amazing Animals: Moose by Kate Riggs 
Elusive Moose by Joan Gannij
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers 
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss
Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff

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