Friday, 31 July 2015

Chameleon's Camouflaged M13

Creating the green foliage background.

Drawing the chameleon on pastel paper in pen.

Using a cotton bud to blend the oil pastel

Initial sketch of a chameleon.

Attaching a branch and naming in gold pen.

8 year olds.
The class has started a study on animals and how they adapt to their environments.
I chose chameleons and showed the children an amazing You Tube. 

The children created their green environment using magazine photos which they covered the page with. I suggested a few bright spots such as flowers that would add contrast. 

After making an observational drawing a chameleon using photos as reference, they repeated the drawing using pen on pastel paper, The chameleon was coloured using oil pastels which were blended using cotton buds. It worked very well. I though we might need to dip the buds in oil first, but there is enough oil in the pastel, to move around.

If the chameleon was to be near a bright colour, they changed the skin colour appropriately.

The children tried using sticks they found outside, to sit the chameleon on, but they were too hard to stick on so we used cardboard.


  1. Love the idea of using flora from magazines. These are Great! Pinning!

    1. Thank you Mary, I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

  2. These look fantastic, what a clever idea yet so simple. Well done!

  3. Thank you, yes the idea is very simple.



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