As students are learning about the three different regions in Peru, we are taking a closer look at a special animal that lives high in "la sierra" mountains. Llamas (and Alpacas) have played an important role in the economy of Peru through their agility to transport across steep terrain for long distances. They also provide food for families, wool for many products (such as ropes and fabrics), and their hides are used for leather. Even llama poop is put to use in some areas where it is burned for fuel!
While learning about these Andean animals, students are drawing realistic portraits of our furry friends! Students chose a unique llama portrait to study and draw, they then used a grid system to divide the image and their page into smaller rectangles. These rectangles served as guidance for transferring the image onto their own paper.
Students focused on using smaller strokes with their pencils to create a sketch of the animal. They kept ratios, as well as, shadow and light in mind during the drawing phase.
Next the students created a good copy of their llama using pastels. They learned techniques to create texture and depth with the smudge-able medium. Finally, after the llamas came to life on their paper, they were contrasted against a colourful background representing the woven craftsmanship of many Peruvian textiles in la sierra region.
The final products!
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