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Dragons' Eyes: KS2

Some of the Year 5/6 pupils who were in school last week started this activity and have taken their unfinished pictures home to complete. You may like to try it yourself. We are going to create a close-up picture of a dragon’s eye.

Dragons appear in the folklore of many cultures around the world:

What dragons can you think of from books and films?

While completing this project, you could imagine that you were Bilbo Baggins and have inadvertently woken the dragon as he sleeps on a pile of gold, gems and other treasure. Picture your terror as the dragon’s eye slowly opens!

You will need a pencil and a piece of paper. An eraser will help but you can easily do without one if you are careful. Your paper should be in landscape format.

The first step is to draw round something circular: a large cup or small saucer should be about right. Then join the upper and lower edges of the circle to the corners of the page.

Add the iris and the pupil. You can be imaginative in the shapes you use. Try to suggest that this eye is reptilian. Reptiles do not have eyelashes!

Start to add texture around the eye. You may want to include:

  • Narrow rings around the eye
  • Spikes.
  • Scales in a range of sizes.

You could find images of real-life reptiles to help you:

Next, think about your use of value. Remember that value means how light and dark a drawing is. Your picture will be much more effective if you include some really dark areas.

  • The darkest areas will be:
    • The pupil.
    • The edge of the eyeball.
    • The bottom of the creases and cracks in the dragon’s skin.
  • The lightest areas will be :
    • The highest part of the scales.
    • The highlight in the eye.

Here is a great example of using value to suggest 3-dimensionality:

You can draw either the right or the left eye:

If you have some coloured pencils available, you could add some colour to the iris (the coloured part of the eye). Remember to hold your pencil at an angle in order to achieve really smooth colour. You might want to practise this first on a spare scrap of paper. You could also blend two analogous colours.

Here are some photographs of the work done last Thursday and Friday to inspire you:

Here is some of the not-quite-finished-yet work. Good luck with yours. Let me know how you get on!