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Drawing cartoons is a great way to encourage young writers and illustrators.
Provide photographs of distinguished cartoonists and their work for students to observe and comment on. Examine the relationships among illustration style, character development, and story line. Have students write their observations on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers. Keep these comments and photographs easily accessible for students as they begin their artwork.
Organize students into small groups. Invite groups to imagine a story about a dreamer, inventor, or explorer. Where might they go? What might they do? Imagine a scary, silly, or serious situation. List the scenes to help plan how many cartoon frames are needed to tell the story.
With a ruler and Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students measure and draw a cardboard or oak tag cartoon frame template. Make a square or rectangle shape in a cartoon-like size. Cut out the center of the frame with Crayola Scissors. Provide templates for students that may struggle with this step.
On construction paper, trace around the template as many times as needed with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. If desired, leave space between frames to draw dialogue lines.
Students sketch story characters and background with light lines. Write dialogue and draw balloons around the words.
Complete the figures and background with Crayola Fine Tip and Ultra-Clean Markers. Outline words and dialogue balloons.
Display completed cartoons for classmates to view and critique.
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