Clowns are perfect for a lot of art elements. Line, shapes, color! Awesome! Students were supplied with a white oval. We began with 3 simple circles for the eyes and nose. We drew a hotdog shape for the mouth, and colored with oil pastel.
When the face was complete the students glued the oval onto a large piece of construction paper (right in the center of the page)... and I asked, "what's the clown missing?" Clothes, hair, hat.... and then the students draw crazy clothes with crazy hair and a crazy hat. What a great way to let creativity flow while utilizing art elements.