With 2nd and 3rd grade I wanted to start with something really fun, bold and new. My girls LOVE letting their paint drip and watching it trail along the paper making colorful lines. I decided to do something using this idea!
I have done neon tigers before but not quite like this. I let the students choose which animal was their favorite before we started and they chose tigers! We started with viewing lots of images of tigers from books. We talked about and examined the stripe patterns in different kind of tigers. Then we drew them first with black crayon and painted with black paint to make bold dark stripes.
Students used neon paint and I started my example like this. On top of the nose. I only gave them pink, blue, and yellow (primary colors) I told them to paint a large yellow a stripe across the nose and then a blue one above it, blend in the middle so that all three colors are showing. I made sure to tell them that when they mixed the colors not to cover the original color so that the tiger has many many colors when its done.
I gave them tracers for decorations or they could make their own
Splatter/ dripping stations were set up on one side of each table so they wouldn't splatter paint the people across from them
They tap the brush with their finger, NOT fling with the wrist/arm!
black tempera was used for drips at the top