This was a painting project one of my mixed elective classes (Grade 4-6) recently finished.
Each student chose an African animal to draw. They could draw the whole body or simply a close-up portrait. On large heavy white paper, they measured a thick border (about 1.5 inches) using a ruler.
I encouraged them to design a simple border. I had handouts with African patterns on them to help inspire.
Once the border was designed, they drew their animal inside.
They used tempera tp paint these. It took quite a few classes due to the large format.
Sometimes it's easier to work on the floor!
Once everything was painted and dry, students used a charcoal pencil to trace over all the lines and used a finger to smudge out the line. This added some soft texture and contrast.
Like I said, these took quite a while to complete, but we were all happy with the final result.
I displayed these on easels at out school's musical production of "The Lion King".