We started this fun painting project with some guided drawing lessons. We drew several kinds of lizards using this resource – 123 Draw Pets by Freddie Levin.
We drew our lizards on a nicer, heavy weight drawing paper and I really encouraged the students to draw large! Next, the students traced over their pencil lines with black Sharpie.
The details such as the stripes and dots were drawn with white oil pastels.
Then we painted! At each table, I set out liquid watercolors in warm color sets or cool color sets and a small cup of kosher salt.
For the watercolor demonstration, I showed kids wet-on-wet: painting one color, then while the paint is still wet, adding another on top to blend.While the paint is still wet, sprinkle some salt to create small twinkles of star-like dots.
Wet-on-dry: Since this lessons takes 2-3 classes, once one section of the chameleon is dry, they can then paint over that section to create spots, stripes, dots, etc. as well as the branch and leaves.
Look at the fun lips and eyelashes! First graders add the cutest details!