My Kinder classes embarked on painting animals last month (owls, cows and sheep). Basic drawing skills were enhanced plus I shared what little knowledge of holstein cows I had. I talked a small bit about cow anatomy…big heads, all those stomachs, hooves and the best part of all, udders. They giggled a bit about the udders but I like to bring a little practical farm sense to my suburban students.
Drawing the Cow
We drew in oil pastel and painted with liquid tempera paints. To learn how to draw a cow, I start by drawing one myself on the white board. As I go, I like to talk about the different parts of the body, spending some time on the head as that’s the hardest part. I have a great little cow handout in my Drawing Animals PDF but basically, it goes like this: draw 2 dots for the eyes, then a horizontal line over the head with little droopy ears at the end of the line. Add two horns then connect the ears with a big letter “U” for the face. At the bottom of the face, add a square with two nostrils. The body is pretty much self explanatory but add the two side legs first, then the udder and finally the back side legs.
Painting the Picture
I used black, blue, green and pink paint on white Tru-Ray construction paper. When the background and cows were painted ( I encouraged the kids to leave their fence posts and cow bodies unpainted) children outlined their cows with black tempera paint. To check out what art supplies I use, visit my Art Supply page.
About outlining with black paint: I tend to outline this way as I think it really develops fine motor skills. They learn not to press too hard with their tiny brushes and they can see how little paint a small brush holds compared to a medium sized brush. I think these are good practices to learn early, so if you are fearful about this last step, don’t be. It’s a great thing to learn.
Kinder Painted Cows…each one a delight!
Here is another Cow Art Lesson I did with my Kinders.
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