A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

Cozy Hibernating Bear Using Tempera Paint and Simple Materials

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.

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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

– Q-tip

– 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.

A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

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.

A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

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 TEXTURE

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.

ADDING COLOR

Paint the bear, quilt and background using cake tempera paint. Watercolor works well too, but I chose cake tempera because it dries very quickly.

A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

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.

A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

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.

A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

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!

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A Fall Cozy Hibernating Bear project for second grade students with free downloadable drawing guide handout for the classroom

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  • Debi L.

    Adorable!! It never gets old and I can’t retire now

  • Liz

    Thanks! This looks so fun!

  • Jeanne Pollard

    Love this!

  • Brigitte Struthers

    For some reason when I click on the drawing guide for the cozy hibernating bear nothing happens. It doesn’t download.

    • Bethany

      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 support@deepspacesparkle.com and they can lend a hand ✨

    • megan.peterson

      The same thing happens to me, where the click on the download button does nothing.

      • Bethany

        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.

  • Jill

    Stinking cute

  • Jill

    Stinking cute

  • Lily Langford

    Always like them!!!!❤️

  • Kathleen Gray

    Your fun art projects constantly bring us joy! Thank you! Grandma Kathy

  • Rita

    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.

    • Bethany

      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!

  • Sheryl

    Looks great!!

  • Ms. Stewart

    This was an amazing art lesson, my students enjoyed the lesson.

  • tejeswini

    beautifull

  • DOMNA PANAGOPOULOU

    Perfect!

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