This project is an elaboration the a project i saw on Deep Space Sparkle website
( http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2011/01/ink-elephant-art-lesson/) But rather than stopping at just using the ink from the marker to paint with i had the students look at foreground, middle ground and background to add in some color. We started the same way, i gave each student a picture of an elephant and simply told them to look and draw it, i had a lot of students worried about doing this in my 2nd grade classes, but they all drew wonderful elephants. Next they added in a large sun set and a few trees to the back ground, followed by different plants in the middle and foregrounds. They finished by painting with tempera cakes to add a punch of color. The students all had fun and was a perfect lesson for my 2nd and 3rd graders.