Within Indian culture elephants are highly treasured. Painted elephants are common at celebrations and festivals and make their appearace across many Indian art forms. You can complete this art project with any symbol of India, but the elephant makes for a stunning result.
- Elephant Template
- Black Construction Paper
- White Sand or Fine Glitter
- Sequins, Glue, Paintbrush
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Art Project Tutorial:
Print your elephant template and cut out the center to make a stencil
Trace your stencil onto a piece of black construction paper
Outline your shape with glue
Using your paintbrush, pull the glue towards the center of the elephant
You'll need to work quickly as the glue will start to dry as it is thinned out
Pour sand or white glitter over your glue
Pour off the excess and save for later. You are left with a really wonderful elephant on your paper!
Use glue to add a rectangular shape for a blanket over your elephant
Glue sequins onto the blanket
You can stratigically place your sequins with a stripe at the bottom, then fading into more white and clear sequins toward the top.
Your elephant will look amazing when dry
If you have enough sequins, you might let children decorate their entire elephant for a stunning piece of art.