What type of rhino would you be?

rhino stencil

Some of you know I was working on a art project for my daughter’s 4th grade class last week. Each year, the school holds an auction to raise money for the PTA. In years past, the most popular items have been pieces of pottery decorated by the kids. This year, they decided to expand this concept to other mediums. Some grades still did pottery projects. There were also decorated benches, quilts, and painted canvases.

In years past, I have donated small rhino canvases (the school mascot) to be auctioned off. I’ve painted sports themed rhinos, superhero rhinos (Spiderman was my favorite), girly-girl rhinos, Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, camouflage rhinos and many more. I even painted a rhino that looked like a Louis Vuitton purse. I don’t do that anymore, but I did offer to paint the rhino canvas for my daughter’s class.

I won’t go through a blow by blow of the process, just the basics. 1) Each child was given an outline of a rhino I created with a stencil and was instructed to personalize it any way they wanted. 2) I xeroxed the rhinos then transferred each image onto a canvas using graphite paper. 3) I completed the rhinos to look as close to their original artwork as possible.

Prepared canvas

Arranging the rhinos

Copying the rhino images onto canvas

When I sent the blank rhino sheets for the kids to decorate, I also sent pictures of some of the rhinos I have painted in previous years. I wanted to give the kids some ideas about how they might want to decorate their own. A few kids used my ideas, but most of them personalized their rhinos to reflect something about themselves. I was very impressed with what they came up with:









Of all the great rhinos the kids sent me, I did have a favorite. Mostly because while other rhinos reflected a hobby, sport or other interest, this particular rhino was a reflection of the artist, a self-portrait in rhino form. I hope this suggests that the artist is a rugged individualist and comfortable with who she is:

Or maybe I’m just a proud mama…

How would you decorate your rhino?

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20 Responses to “What type of rhino would you be?”

  1. Maureen April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    These are great, especially “Smart Cookie”! The shoelaces are a nice touch.

  2. Jason April 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I would put a biohazard emblem on it.

    That way I could be the rhinovirus.

    • katdish April 15, 2011 at 7:38 am #

      Ha! Awesome.

  3. Candy April 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m pretty partial to “Smart Cookie” too – love her hair. My rhino would be on a bed – bed of spinach with lots of pretty accoutrements such as artichoke hearts, red peppers, and walnuts. It would look nice next to the Smart Cookie, don’t you agree?

    • katdish April 15, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      So, are you saying you would want to EAT this rhino served on a bed a greens?

  4. Helen April 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    They are great! Thanks for explaining the rhino.

    How would I decorate a rhino? With glasses and a muumuu! 🙂

  5. seekingpastor April 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    With anything but glitter. Some things aren’t supposed to be shiny.

  6. Simply Darlene April 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    my anti-self rhino would wear ballerina slippers and a pink tutu (ha!)

    What about yours, you never did say…

    • katdish April 15, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      Hmmm….I’ll have to think about that.

    • katdish April 15, 2011 at 7:40 am #

      Wow. Just wow.

      • Larry Hehn April 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

        I don’t know the recipe, but I bet there’s lots and lots of butter, y’all!

    • Jim H April 15, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      That scares me

    • Simply Darlene April 15, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      and it looks like it hurts

  7. Robin Arnold April 15, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I’d pretend I was a collage artist and layer stuff including favorite words. Or do something cross species like giraffe spots and feathered wings and maybe bedazzled horns. I hope folks say thank you for your work. This project is fun, inspiring, and probably makes money that might not otherwise be raised…I’d bid on art!

    Your kid rocks!

    I am breaking my no fun until done rule (I’m supposed to be finishing our taxes). Thanks for the break, I think I have enough strength to go back into depreciation and capital gains.

  8. Ryan Tate April 15, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Did you know that rhinos can run up to 30mph, but they can only see 30ft in front of them. Their eyesight is horrible.

    I’d want my rhino to be like the guards from the old Robin Hood cartoon movie.

  9. Tony C April 15, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Okay. The ladybug rhino got an LOL!

    What a cool mascot. Since we all know rhinos don’t have very good rhythm, a drummer rhino is out. However, I learned in the movie ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’ that rhinos are nature’s firefighters, so there you have it…a fireman rhino!

  10. Hazel Moon April 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Someone’s daughter is a very “Smart Cookie!” 🙂 They are all precious and this poster should get an A+ for incredible fabrication and creativity!!

  11. Marni April 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    My rhino would have its nails and toes done. In hot pink.

    • katdish April 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      And nice lips.

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