This is an old favorite of a lesson. I got it either from School Arts or Arts and Activities twenty some years ago.
I used to do it with kindergarten, but this year it seemed to fall flat
with them. Since both grades did Chinese Dragon puppets last time, I
continued the Chinese theme with both grades as well.
I showed a PowerPoint to my students, that had photos of Wang Yani as a
little girl/artist. It included photos of many of her monkey
paintings. Then we looked at a short YouTube video of her.
I led them through the steps of painting with a bamboo brush and
painting a monkey. Then I let them paint another picture of their
choice of animals.