As a continuation of our zoo trip, students made a painting of an animal they saw using collaged pieces. Of course, I referenced Eric Carle's beautifully textured paintings. Students first painted separate sheets (one for the background, a few for their animal) with acrylic and experimented making texture with forks, q-tips and sponges. Once the painted paper were dry, they drew their animals, cut them out and glued them. If I were to do this lesson again, I would use a more liquid paint like tempera instead of acrylic. These are the last animal-based projects for LE, I promise!