So this weeks theme was "art safari" and I had the day to do mixed media with the students and so came up with a neat idea to do imaginary animals with drawn textures in a Rousseau inspired setting. Students were given a brief mini lesson about mythological creatures and the visiting of distant lands in the time before photographs when artists created elephants from their description. We then created a drawn jungle or landscape scene which students could do as they chose with some Rousseau reproductions to inspire and some foliage brought in from my backyard. With some watercolour added the scenes came to life around their animals which have been given raised from the picture surface by foam board squares glued on the back. Students could also, if time permitted add other pop-out elements using scrap paper and foam board.