Llamas have gotten a lot of attention lately. I’m pretty sure its because they are just so cute! My interest is closer to home. Quite literally. Our new neighbor owns 5 alpacas. Sometimes they walk down my driveway and give me a bit of a shock. But they are quite sweet and never venture too far away from home.
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Llamas look pretty similar to their Alpaca cousins. The biggest difference is their hair. Alpacas are raised for their hair whereas the llamas hair isn’t as fine or fluffy.
They are raised mostly as pack animals. Which will come in helpful as they will be carrying my duffle bag on my 5-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru this week. How awesome is that?
So in honor of my trip to Peru PLUS the release of our Draw, Paint, Make Workshop which features a fabulous Llama in Pajama lesson….lets create some llama art!
- What you’ll need:
- 12″ x 18″ white drawing paper
- Black waterproof marker (I like Sharpie Brand)
- Cake tempera paints (I used Faber-Castell Connector paints)
- Colored markers
Here’s what to do:
Using a pencil on white drawing paper, follow the steps to draw a llama. Use the guide as a reference or look at pictures that you have found in books or in a google internet search.
When I was drawing the llama, I kept making the legs longer than they should be. Llama legs are quite short! And they have a big body. So if you are finding your llama is looking a bit funny, check the length of the legs.
Don’t try to draw all the details now. You’ll get a chance to later.
Now is the time to add details. Once your pencil drawing looks like a llama, grab a black marker and add the fun details that make this animal unique. Draw a blanket, packs, pillows, necklaces, bows for their ears, pom-poms, etc. Have fun. The llama will like it.
Once the llama is fully detailed, add a sloping hill, mountains and low clouds. The mountains in Peru are as high as 15K feet. That’s high! I know because I have to hike it.
I love using cake tempera cakes on regular paper. It’s the quickest way to add lots of color without covering all the detailed pencil and marker lines. You don’t have to use tempera cakes though. You can color using crayons, colored pencils or even watercolor paint.
Allow the paint to dry a bit before using markers (or colored pencils) to color in all the decorative details.
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Love this project!! I am going to add some embellishments. I am peruvian and I am glad you were in Peru knowing and enjoying my country.
Just got back and absolutely loved Peru! Cusco was particularly beautiful. The architecture and culture is lovely.
What age group would you suggest for this project?
Perhaps ages 8-10 would be easiest. For younger children;dren, I would focus on a directed draw 🙂
I work with a group of deaf children in Peru and looking for an art project. I wanted to use acrylics and do a llama? Children are 10-14 years old.
Yes…acrylics are great. It’ll be a different outcome but all fine.
How do I get a copy of this freebie?
love this lesson
This is such a neat project! Excited to try it with my kiddos!
i liked it it was fun to draw the lama
I love your art lessons!
i love lamas
I love everything you have done! Your lessons have helped me develop my homeschool art lessons for the year! Thank you!
Could I please have a copy of the llama art lesson free drawing guide
All you have to do is click the image above that says “click to access,” and we’ll send you the drawing guide 🙂
-Hannah (Team Sparkle)
This is amazing
Is this a video because I can’t find the play button?
Did you scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF. Just add your email and we’ll send you the freebie lesson. This lesson does not have a video! Enjoy!
Is this a video and if it is please reply and tell me were the play button is.
Never mind I allready said something like that.
thank you 🙂
How can I get the llama project where it is a closeup of the llama’s head and the Andes Mountains in the background?
Hi Lucy! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. If you click on the box to download we will send the link to this lesson directly to your inbox. Enjoy.