First and second grade artists read two books about chameleons. Both books were fiction, but one book had drawings created by an illustrator and the other used real photographs to tell a fictional story. We learned that chameleons can change colors when they are frightened and can blend into a variety of backgrounds. We drew jungles with large plants, trees and vines like a chameleon's real habitat. We then drew a chameleon and colored him or her so that they were camouflaged into the background! We used oil pastels on this project and discussed how to blend oil pastels together to mix tints (lighter versions) and shades (darker versions) of our jungle colors.