Have you tried silhouette drawing with your children?
This was an art idea that was inspired from the illustrations in a children’s book that we’ve recently been enjoying entitled, “Frog and Fly” by Jeff Mack.
This book contains six slurpy stories which are easy to read and full of humour. Throughout the book, Frog always gets the better of Fly. However, in the last story, Fly has the last word.
Towards the end of the book, the illustrations depict a night scene in which the background is purple and the characters are drawn in black silhouettes.
I love getting ideas for children’s drawings from picture books. As this form of illustration seemed simple, we decided to give it a go.
We started by looking at the illustrations and talking about the colours used.
- What time of the day do you think the story is set in? Why?
- Which colours has the illustrator used? Do you think the illustrations are effective? Why?
Next it was time to try and do some illustrations ourselves. We used purple paper and drew with black pastel.
Speech bubbles, as well as Fly’s eyes and wings, were added by cutting them out of white paper and pasting them on. This allowed for writing to be introduced into the activity.
The boys’ silhouette drawings:
Do you use the illustrations of children’s picture books to inspire art activities with children?
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