Name: ________________________________________________ Block:
Contour Lines & Oil Pastels
TASK: You will continue to explore color schemes, and
revisit contour line drawings for this next project. You will
create a contour line drawing of an endangered animal, then
add color with oil pastels, using a specific color scheme.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
1. Research and choose an endangered animal or species.
2. Find interesting reference images for your chosen animal. Things to think about as
a) Choose photos that are high quality and detailed.
b) Your drawing should be a detail of the animal, not necessarily it’s entire body
or environment, so find images that are close-up.
c) Be sure your picture will increase in size and/or crop to a square.
3. Format your photograph in Photoshop to become 8” square and then print it full size
and in color.
4. Using a light box, or the window, trace around the essential contour lines and shapes
of your animal. This should be done on newsprint. Go over your lines with sharpie.
5. Use the grid drawing system to transfer your drawing to final 8” x 8” drawing paper.
6. Participate in demonstration and experiment with oil pastels in your sketchbook and
on art cards.
7. Choose a color scheme for your oil pastel drawing. Remember your options:
Monochromatic, Complementary, Split Complementary, Analogous,and Triadic.
8. Fill in areas with pure color and blended color using
9. Mount your drawing on paper that compliments the
color scheme chosen.
10. Finally, you will write a small blurb about the animal
– including its common name, Latin name, location
and habitat, general information about the animal,
and ways we can help prevent its extinction. This
will be attached to your final drawing and should be
created with a high level of craftsmanship.