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How to Draw a Lion: Collage Art Project

Children draw and paint a lion based on the book, How Loud is a Lion?

Learning how to draw a lion as well as other African animals is very rewarding for kids. Their distinctive shapes and features mean that even the most basic drawing looks familiar.

I know this lesson looks like a bit of work…drawing, painting, cutting, pasting. But, believe me.  It’s worth it.  This is the type of lesson that keeps on giving long after the lesson is over…little lion drawings everywhere.

There is something about learning how to draw an animal that really empowers children. This guided drawing is simple enough that all children will feel successful.

I promise.

What you’ll need:

  • White paper
  • Colored paper
  • Oil pastels or Crayons
  • Liquid Tempera Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue

This lesson comes from my Teaching Art 101 e-course where I teach the project through a video. The video is only available in the e-course but I’ve re-designed the lesson plan for you to take advantage of this cute lesson.

Children draw and paint a lion based on the book, How Loud is a Lion?

Children learn to draw the lion through a guided drawing then they get to paint without worrying about staying within the lines.

The background is inspired by the image in the book,  How Loud Is a Lion. You can choose to use the colors as in the book or allow the kids to create their own background.

Here’s a preview of what is included in the 13-page lesson plan:

Children follow a guided lion drawing then use a variety of painting techniques to make a fun painted paper collage. Based on the book, How Loud is a Lion?


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