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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - December 26, 2020

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Shadow Animals

Create art using shadows of your favourite animal toy in today’s #MAGsatathome activity!

CAST SHADOWS– when an object blocks a light source, it CASTS a SHADOW.

A CAST SHADOW, is not a solid shape, but varies in tone and value.

The farther a CAST SHADOW is from the object which casts it, the lighter, softer, and less defined become its edges.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: Animal toy, piece of watercolour paper, small watercolour brush, Crayola markers in various colours, pencil, eraser, jar of water, paper towel.

Step 1. Using your room light or a lamp as your light source, place your toy on the paper and draw its shadow in pencil. *Look closely, how many different CAST SHADOWS can you see? 

Step 2.  Draw all the CAST SHADOWS, you can see!

Step 3. Move the toy to another area of the page and draw the new CAST SHADOWS, you see.

* Repeat this step a few times until you are happy with your image.

Step 4. Use the markers to outline the Cast SHADOWS you drew. Go ahead a use a different colour for each line!

Step 5. Using a watercolour brush dipped in water, go over each line. The marker will act like watercolour when wet!

*Remember to swish your brush in water to clean it before going to a new colour.

MAGsaturday art activity shadow animals

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