Monday, December 7, 2015

Santa's New Sleigh

 Santa's New Sleigh
Imagine Santa's sleigh has broken down on Christmas Eve. What is he to do? He needs your help to make a new mode of transportation to get him from house to house. Remember, he has A LOT of toys to deliver. Help design Santa's New Sleigh using a lot of detail to show us how he will now get around.

This is the introduction I give to my students before I begin one of my favorite Christmas art projects. The students get to design a new sleigh for Santa and they LOVE it.

 Santa's New Sleigh


I start by giving them a blank art page and a black and white Santa. Santa doesn't have legs because they will be hidden inside his new sleigh. I have had some kids draw on his legs if their sleigh is something like a jet pack.

 Santa's New Sleigh


Then, I have them color Santa and cut him out. They can either glue Santa onto the page or trace his outline. I have them do this first so that the size of the new sleigh matches the size of Santa. If you don't do this step, you'll get an itty bitty spaceship and a gigantic Santa or vice versa.

Santa's New Sleigh


Then the students draw their new mode of transportation. I have them fill up the whole page and use a lot of detail. Then I have them outline in permanent marker so that it really stands out. It also helps to have them write what their new sleigh is.

 Santa's New Sleigh


The kids love doing this and they turn out awesome. I usually turn on Christmas music and have us jam out to Rudolf and Frosty as we work.

You can grab the black and white Santa's here.

Enjoy!

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