About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Arts and Creativity, Language Arts

GRADE
4-8

DURATION
40 Mins

Steve Jenkins-Inspired Animals

Break into the world of illustration with artwork from paper-cutting extraordinaire Steve Jenkins.

OBJECTIVE
Children’s book author and illustrator Steve Jenkins is known for his beautiful paper cut-out illustrations. In his book Move!, Jekins depicts animals through shapes and designs.

MATERIALS
Fiskars scissors; glue, various colored and textured paper

SET UP AND PREPARE
Explain to your class that they’ll be making their own Steve Jenkins—inspired illustrations. To learn more about Steve Jenkins, visit stevejenkinsbooks.com. Students will start by picking an animal. Ask them to do a little research at the library or online to find an image and a few facts about their animal (e.g., How fast can it run? How much does it weigh? What does its fur or skin look like?) According to Jenkins, finding the right reference is key. He uses images from books, the Internet, and observations he makes at the zoo and aquariums.

DIRECTIONS
1. Once students have chosen their animal, instruct them to make a rough sketch of its important features. They should take note of good spots on the animal’s body to layer their paper (for instance, if they chose a bird, layer the paper where its feathers overlap and change in color).

 

2. Next, have students choose their paper. Students should assign different colored and textured paper to parts of their animal’s body.

 

3. Instruct students to cut the paper and paste it on the sketch of their animal, layering the paper where appropriate.

 

4. Encourage students to incorporate the facts they learned about their animal into their illustration.

5. Share with the class, then hang in your classroom!

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