Drawing sheep may seem like the easiest animal in the world to draw, but I found that they can pose a few problems for little ones. If I were to do this lesson again, I would most certainly chose an oil pastel and watercolor resist method. I love how the oil pastel acts like a little barrier for the watercolor, thus making the subject stand out a bit.
With these little sheep, we did indeed start with oil pastel, but then I got out my tubs of per-mixed tempera paints. Call me lazy, but I had them out for the previous Kinder class and figured they would work fine. Of course, they did work fine, but I like to optimize supplies and techniques and my choices were a little off.
The problem can start in the drawing. For Kinders, I emphasize enclosing lines to create shapes. It’s hard to paint a circle that isn’t quite closed. We work alot on this concept throughout the year. For the face, we drew an oval. This worked fine. Then I showed them how to draw a puffy body and that’s where things got a bit squirrelly. Instead of bumps, some children drew loops which made the sheep go on forever. So cute!!! Anyways, we added rectangles for the legs after trying very hard to identify where the underbelly of the sheep was. Many children did well, but there were a few who needed some help looking at the pictures I had of sheep and figuring out where to put the eyes, mouth, etc.
We painted the background first, then the sheep. After the painting dried, we used a small brush and black paint for the outlining. This was hard for this group of Kinders. Perhaps a black oil pastel would have been better. We used a white oil pastel to draw the face.
Regardless, the sheep project really was fun and the kids enjoyed it every step of the way.