Who doesn’t love snuggling up on a chilly winter night? As the days start to get shorter and colder, this hibernating bear will have you dreaming of cozy winter nights bundled up under your favorite quilt.
Featuring simple materials, this lesson can be done in one class period and is best for students in second grade and up.
Download this handy drawing guide before you get started. (NOTE: We recommend downloading the freebie using Chrome or Safari)
THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper
– Black oil pastel or crayon
– Cake tempera (pan watercolor works great too)
– Medium round paintbrush
– White liquid tempera paint
DRAWING THE BEAR
Turn the paper horizontal. Angle the paper so that the top left corner of the paper is pointing upward. This will allow students to draw the bear’s head straight on, but when they slide the paper back to its normal position, the bear’s head will be angled.
Draw the eyes, nose and mouth near the center of the paper with a black oil pastel. Add a big circle around the facial features for the head. Add two curved ears on top.
Straighten the paper back up.
Add a slightly curved vertical line from the bottom of the page for the quilt, stopping before you get to the top of the paper. Leave some space between the bear’s head and this line. Draw a curved horizontal line to the right side of the paper to finish off the quilt.
Divide the space in the quilt into square sections and add geometric shapes inside to create your own unique pattern.
Draw the bear’s arm curling under its head and a curved line for the back.
Add a curved line for the bear’s cozy cave up and around the head. On the ground below, draw grass.
Draw some simple pine trees in the background.
Adding a fur-like texture to the bear is as simple as drawing lines. Use your oil pastel to draw short lines on the bear’s face, arm and body. Think about the direction that the fur would grow, especially on the face.
Paint the bear, quilt and background using cake tempera paint. Watercolor works well too, but I chose cake tempera because it dries very quickly.
To add a bit more dimension and texture, add short lines on dry areas using less water on your paintbrush to create darker colors. To get even more vibrant colors, swirl your paintbrush around in the paint for a few extra strokes.
As a final step, dip a q-tip in white paint and stamp some snowflakes falling in the night sky. You can add some snow piling up on top of the pine tree branches, too.
Now your bear is ready for a cozy winter slumber!
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This post was created and written by Team Sparkle’s, Heather Sparks!
Adorable!! It never gets old and I can’t retire now
Thanks! This looks so fun!
Zo ‘ n lieve beer, zo fijn m te laten tekenen, inkleuren door kinderen!! I word zelf al bij van m en vertederd!! Dank jullie voor dit mooie idee!
For some reason when I click on the drawing guide for the cozy hibernating bear nothing happens. It doesn’t download.
Hi Brigitte! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. When you click on the download button it should send an email directly to your inbox with the lesson. If you still don’t see it there reach out to email@example.com and they can lend a hand ✨
The same thing happens to me, where the click on the download button does nothing.
Hi Megan! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. I just tested the link and everything is working on our end. If you click on the blue box, that says “Click to Download” and add the information needed we will send the lesson right to your inbox. If you don’t see it in your inbox shortly be sure to check the spam or junk folder in case it ended up there.
Always like them!!!!❤️
Your fun art projects constantly bring us joy! Thank you! Grandma Kathy
Love the lesson, but even my 2nd graders could see that steps 3 and 4 on the pdf handout was not in sequence with the drawing visuals.
Hi Rita! We hope you enjoyed this lesson. This has already been fixed and if you go ahead and download it you’ll see the new version. Keep Sparkling!
This was an amazing art lesson, my students enjoyed the lesson.
I wonder whether liquid tempera can be used instead of cake tempera? I will be working with 27 students, and my school doesn’t have cake, but plenty of liquid tempera. Please let me know. Thanks!
I can’t get the download.
I just tested the download link and all seems to be fine on my end. Are you clicking the box that “Click to Download”? When I tested the link, I added my name and email and received the email shortly after. I know the Chrome and Safari browser both work well so try one of those if needed. And be sure to check your spam folder in case our email ended up there! Enjoy
Where can I purchase the set of paints shown in the video? Thank you!
Hi Sarah! That paint set is the Faber-Castell Connector Paint Box Watercolor Set and it can be found on Amazon or really any art supply store like Dick Blick. We are big fans of Faber Castell watercolors around the office.
This project was such a fun and successful project. I even did this lesson with my first graders.They loved it! Thank you for providing such great lessons!