Fabulous Hens!


One of my favorite art resource books is Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life. Julia Rothman’s illustrations are not only helpful but inspiring. I used her Rooster & Chicken chapter to pretend I was an expert in chicken identification, which is helpful when 6th graders start to question your rooster vs hen authority.

Sixth graders used oil pastels to lightly sketch a hen of their choice (I had many photographs to choose from). Using tempera paint, students mixed paint directly onto their paper (regular drawing paper) to create the textures of feathers.

To bring the focus on the marvelous subjects, students kept the backgrounds simple.

Final step is outlining all lines with a small brush and black tempera paint.

I love how these turned out. Some were realistic, some folk art and some picasso-esque! Each hen has her own style.  What more can we ask?

Full Instructions, photo tutorial, how-to-draw handouts plus  student gallery can be found in the Drawing Animals PDF Lesson Plans Booklet


Download this free lesson guide on our Chicken Little template for more art lesson inspiration!


What do you think?

Your email address will not be published.


  • hi

    thank you.

  • Colleen MacIver

    Love it

Follow Us

In stores 8/21


The {lesson_title} Lesson is Locked inside of the {bundle_title}

Unlocking this lesson will give you access to the entire bundle and use {points} of your available unlocks.

Are you sure?

No Yes

The {bundle_title} is Locked

Accessing this bundle will use {points} of your available unlocks.

Are you sure?

No Yes



The {lesson_title} Lesson is Locked inside of the {bundle_title}

To unlock this lesson, close this box, then click on the “lock” icon.