This is a creative and fun lesson that I like to do at the start of the year with my Grade 4 students. It gives me a fairly good idea of my new students' drawing and creative capabilities and is also pretty straightforward and a good way to ease kids back into the art room routines.
I found the lesson HERE on the Apex Elementary Art blog.
So I save all my stubby pencils that won't fit into the electric sharpener in a zip lock back in a drawer by my sharpener. That way it's convenient and easy for me to remember to put them in there as opposed to simply tossing them in the garbage.
Each student gets a 8 x 11" sheet of cardstock. They goal is to take a pencil and design a monster/creature that's somehow interacting with the pencil. Some students obviously get this better than others. Creativity isn't something one can necessarily teach! They sketch their image out in pencil and then colour it in using black markers. Once they've decided where their pencil goes and everything is coloured they bring it to me and I hot glue on the pencil.
Some Grade 4 results!