This is a simple art lesson where students can organise and interpret the subject matter in their own way. Provide diagrams and photos of various beetles and insects for students to observe.
- white and/or black art paper
- watercolour paints and/or pastels
- graphite pencils and/or white pencils
- thin black texta for outlining watercolor
Demonstrate how to draw a simple beetle.
Step 1: Draw a simple egg shape with a graphite pencil. (I have used a black marker so that it is easier for you to see.)
Step 2: Add a small shape on the top of the egg to form a head and draw a curved line across the egg shape.
Step 3: Add some eyes and divide the egg shape with a 'Y' shaped line.
Step 4: Add six legs and some antennae.
Step 5: I have drawn a few different beetles on some black paper using a white pencil. Encourage students to experiment with different shapes and compositions.
Step 6: When students are happy with their drawings they can add colour either with pastel or with watercolour paints as illustrated below. Coloured pencils, textas and oil pastels could also be used.