Friday, 30 August 2013

Dragon Art - For Boys

How To Grow Your Dragon

One challenge that we face when teaching art is to engage boys with this subject, without losing the girls. One particular theme I found quite successful these last couple of years has been that of dragons.

The cool thing about this unit is that it has links to maths through number, measurement, coordinates and enlargement.

You can also link it to a literacy unit on Fantasy.
Here is a link to our class blog where one of my students reviewed one of these novels

 Here are some images of my Y4 class (8-9 year olds) drawing away. One pair of students continued drawing and researching dragons for the rest of the year.

These sketches were cut out and mounted on backgrounds like so - one year we had sunsets and the next year we had moon-rises:

If you would like to get the step-by-step lesson for How To Grow Your Dragon,  to teach your students, you can get it at my TPT and TNB stores. In New Zealand you can visit

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  1. Oh my goodness me I'm definitely doing this... starting next week. The art work looks amazing... and I've got a bunch of girls who also love the Eragon series so it'll draw pretty much everyone in!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. That's awesome Serena! Would love to see some pics when they're done :)