After looking at the art of contemporary artist Nicolas Lampert, my students combined two or more different objects or creatures to create hybrid drawings.
Here are the steps to this lesson:
- How do you think Nicolas made these pictures?
- How do they make you feel?
- Why do you think he combined animals or insects with machines?
- How would these pictures be different if he used color?
- Do you like these pictures, why or why not?
2. Students will create their own hybrid drawings by combining two or more creatures, animals, machine parts, objects or insects. Use books or magazine pictures for reference of the different parts the students want to combine.
3. Draw lightly with pencil and then add color or shading with pens, markers, colored pencils or crayons.
4. Students can write an artist statement when they are finished explaining their image. To tie in with Language Arts, the children can also can write a story about their hybrid creature.
Alternate process: Students can cut out magazine images and photocopies from books to create their hybrid pictures. After creating a cut and paste collage, they can draw the collage.