• The Wolf in Tempelhof

    Eve Sussman, The Wolf in Tempelhof. Chromogenic print, 39 1/2 x 49 inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Unlikely Friends

Visual Arts

Grade 2

3: Building Bridges with Unlikely Friends

4-5 45-minute lessons


How can I create a completed form from half of a photograph?
How can I combine two drawings into one cohesive design?

I can describe balance and proportion.
I can create art that is unique to me.
I can use math in creating art.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Day 1

Look at the film still The Wolf in Tempelhof by Eve Sussman. Ask students VTS questions.

  • What’s going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can we find?

Continue to guide students in discussion of artwork.

Introduce the theme of unlikely friends. Show them the book by Jennifer Holland and some of the unlikely friendships. Ask if they have ever had an unlikely friend. Have them talk to each of their table mates about their thoughts on this subject. Students may share one interesting experience per table grouping with the class.

If time allows begin to introduce the project.

Day 2

Summarize Day 1 in Intro: “So last week we talked about Unlikely Friends…”

Introduce the project. Tell students that they will choose two animals from the pictures provided to create an artwork. They will be given half of each animal. The animal is to be fitted onto the 9×12” paper so that it lays in the landscape format. They are to draw the missing half of each animal and color them using colored pencil or color sticks. Demonstrate the drawing techniques.

Day 3

Continue working on drawing. When finished with one drawing repeat the process using a different animal.

Days 4-5

Complete both animal drawings.

Next they will turn their pictures over and on the back divide their picture into six 2 inch sections from top to bottom. Mark every 2 inches along the top and bottom edge of the paper.

Cut each picture into 2 inch by 9 inch strips. Lay out design on 9×24” tag board, alternating design between #1 and #2. Fold like an accordion. Design #1 can be viewed in full at an angle from the right and design #2 can be viewed in full from an angle from the left.

Classroom Extension Ideas

Continue the learning in this art lesson by bringing it back to the ELA classroom. Here are some possible extension activities:

  • Create an informational writing activity based on comparing and contrasting animal life cycles.
  • Have students use the artwork they’ve created as a basis for narrative writing.

Differentiation and Modifications:

Modification: Early finishers and/or those who catch on quickly to the cutting and pasting process should assist their team mates who are in need of assistance.

Materials Needed

photographs of animals (e.g., from old magazines with pictures of animals such as National Geographic, Ranger Rick and National Wildlife and/or photocopies of prints), white paper 9×12″ (2 pieces per student), tag board 9×24″ (1 piece per student), pencils and erasers, colored pencils and/or color sticks, rulers, scissors, glue


lenticular images, environment, composition, overlapping, perspective, balance, proportion, alternating, undulating, completion

Artwork in this Lesson

  • Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
    • Eve Sussman | The Wolf in Tempelhof

Sample Student Work

Texts in this Lesson

  • Pinkney: The Lion & The Mouse
  • Holland: Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom