Brown Bear Art

Hi there!  We made the sweetest bears last week. The lesson plan came from Deep Space Sparkle, one of my favourite go-to art sites. It's not a freebie but for $4.99 (I THINK that's what I paid), you get detailed instructions and templates for three different bears (brown, polar, panda).  Totally worth the money!

We started off painting our paper in three different shades of brown.

The kids then dragged a fork over the wet paint for some bear fur. The plastic forks worked best. The metal ones tended to rip the paper.

After the paper dried, we traced the various body parts then glued them onto the sheets. I also bought scrapbook paper which the kids used to trace and cut out fall leaves.

Don't you just love the one on the bottom right? It looks like he's jumping for joy:)


  1. Wow Barbara! That is the coolest! What a super fun activity to do with your kiddos-bet they loved it. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  2. The look great, Barb. Each bear has its own personality.

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  3. Those are fun. I love art in the classroom!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. Amazing art activity Barbara. Thanks for sharing that website:)

  5. I love these bear portraits! So cool! Thanks for sharing them.
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. So cute! The other grade one teacher is doing a unit on Polar Bears right now..I should send her here!

    I love deep Space Sparkle as well.

    Thanks for the help with button for the giveaway! I didn't end up doing it this time as I had some lost pictures to recover (long story)

    But I am still having a giveaway!
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    If you blog about it I will send it to you for Free!!!

    Thanks for all your advice on my blog!!!

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  7. I love the bear unit. I was wondering what new unit I was going to incorporate into my classroom this year. I think you may have helped me out!
    Everything looks wonderful!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  8. Fantastic bears! We were discussing Eric Carle's artwork this week and textures, and this activity would be perfect for my angels to tackle.

  9. Barbara - that bear is soo cute! I also wanted to pop in and wish you and Happy Thankgiving. You are always so sweet to me. Hope yours is great!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  10. Those look awesome. They remind me of Eric Carl's illustrations.
    Well done!

  11. Barbara, the bears are precious! I know your kids were so proud of their work when they finished! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check out the art site you mentioned.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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