Clever Cookies Paint Beautiful Bears

The children in Room 13 created these gorgeous bear portraits using paint and forks. We took our inspiration from ‘The Very Hungry Bear’ by Nick Bland, which we read first.

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First, the students decided which bear from the story they were going to create - the pretty polar bear, or the beautiful brown bear.

The students learned about the technique and then practised using scrap paper. They made the bears’ heads by covering the back of their fork in paint and then pressing it in a circular shape until there was no paper left visible.

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Once they were happy with their technique, the children used white paint on black paper for the polar bear or brown paint on paper for the brown bear. It was tricky to turn the paper while pressing their forks down. We loved the way the tines on the forks left marks like the bears’ fur.

The next step was to paint the bears’ mouth and nose. The students used a fine paint brush and black paint to do this.

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Finally, the students used precut eyes to finish off their bear portraits.

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