Drawing Animals Art Lesson Plans

Drawing Animals is a 17-page art booklet designed for grades one through six. The booklet includes how-to-draw handouts, full-photo tutorials and student galleries.

Lessons Include:

Dancing Cows is inspired by the famous “Cows” Creamery in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The business has a staff of artists who create funky cows images for their private label t-shirts. I couldn’t help come up with a lesson inspired by one of their images. Children will LOVE drawing an upside-down or a ballerina cow!

Speckled Hens combines a realistic painting with a folk art background. Upper elementary is suggested but this lesson can be adapted for younger students as well. Follow my step-by-step guide for drawing a hen and paint away using a cool double-loading painting technique. You’ll want to frame one of these!

Giraffes are a staple in any art room and for good reason. They’re easy to identify with their beautiful necks and gorgeous spots which makes drawing them effortless to draw! As a twist, this lesson focuses on the head and neck…no tangle of legs necessary!

Handouts Included:

  • Rooster and Hens Drawing Guide
  • How-to-Draw a Dancing Cow
  • How-to-Draw a Cow Face/Cow Idea Sheet
  • Giraffe Drawing Guide


Click to see Drawing Animals in the DSS Shop.

Want a free drawing handout? Download by clicking the yellow button below and we’ll send you this lesson PDF on how to draw a bird!

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Anonymous

    March is Youth Art Month!

    Celebrate YOUTH ART MONTH with MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids.

    Our child host visits with San Diego illustrator Lori Mitchell author of DIfferent Like Me and Holly Blooms's Garden from FlashLight Press. Lori talks about her life as an illustrator and her life as an artist. Links to fun websites filled with great art projects for kids.

    MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids (www.meetmeatthecorner.org)
    is a series of free educational video pod casts is directed at kids ages 7-12. Each three-minute episode includes links to fun websites, a list of recommended books and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities about the topic.

  • halpey1

    As a 'craft-challenged' kindergarten teacher, can I just say THANK you! Your site is a blessing for me… I need all the help with ideas I can get. 🙂 I'll be visiting OFTEN.

  • Kathy

    Wow! Great idea about taking the animals and doing such fabulous folk art from the real photos! I love the idea of little self published booklets for the art room. I have one one about fireworks and one about animal silhouettes that we seem to use every year. Thanks for the inspiring post.

  • Ivy Antonio

    I just wanted to say i LOVE your blog. As a part time art teacher at an art school for after school kids I want to thank you so much for sharing…it has given me many ideas where I add my own twist too! Thank you so very much! I was thinking about starting a separate blog for my classes but for now I just have my blog about my own art & life. Do you think its a better idea to separate the two? my art and my class art? thanks again!

  • Patty P

    Hi Ivy,
    One blog or two…hmmm. Don't we all wonder about that? I suppose it depends what your intentions are for your school blog. Do you want to reach out to parents, art educators or anyone who happens by? I say, try different things out to see what feels right for you. Experiment and see what works.
    Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  • Lynna Kirkpatrick

    There is a wonderful children’s book titled When Cows Come Home by David L. Harrison and illustrations by Chris L. Demarest that is absoultely perfect for the dancing cows project. I’m using it next week with my first graders and I’m absolutely excited. My fifth graders already did your close up giraffes and I know dancing cows will be a HUGE hit! Thanks for your wonderful ideas.

Follow Us



In stores 8/21