People are often the subjects of portraits, but have you ever considered creating a portrait of an animal? In this activity, children learn about artistic portraiture by creating a life-sized painting of their favorite creature. This activity encourages children to cast an artistic eye toward the natural world, learn about patterns and textures, and build color recognition skills.
Once your chilld has selected an animal to paint, invite them to act out this animal's motions and movements. This will help your aritst get into "creature character" and embrace the spirit of this fun and fuzzy project.