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Hybrid Machine-Animal Drawings

Hybrid Drawings with Kids

After looking at the art of contemporary artist Nicolas Lampert, my students combined two or more different objects or creatures to create hybrid drawings.

Hybrid Drawings


Here are the steps to this lesson:

1.  Start by discussing the machine animal collages and the machine insect collages by Nicolas Lampert.  Ask questions such as”

  • 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.Hybrid Drawings

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.

Hybrid Drawings


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.

This can also be tied to other Surrealist artists such as Dali, Magritte, Sebastian Erikkson (an 18 year old),  Sarolta Ban and Vladimir Kush.

Do you know any other inspiring artists that create hybrid pictures?

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

2 Responses to Hybrid Machine-Animal Drawings

  1. You have the most amazing blog! This idea is great in so many ways. It’s wild and open and also very inventive. Great to add the language arts elements since this art just begs for the explanation of what it is! Thanks for some great ideas.

  2. Andy says:

    Excellent idea, thanks for sharing! I’ll try this with my year 6 group, it’ll fit in perfectly after our character design session.

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