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Painted Pig art lesson for first graders using black oil pastels

Painted Pigs Art Project

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Simple. Cute. Fun. What more could you want from a first grade art lesson?  Last year I did a watercolor pig art project and couldn’t resist doing it again. This time, however, I used tempera paints with a black outline. Not as fast as the simple watercolor resist, but more dynamic.

Art Supplies:

  • 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper
  • liquid tempera paints in yellow, green, blue, pink (mix red and white) and finally black.
  • medium brushes for painting
  • black oil pastel for drawing

Painted Pig art lesson for first graders using black oil pastels

Start by drawing the pig with a black oil pastel. Towards the left hand side of the paper, draw a circle. This will be the snout. Draw a larger circle around the snout. Place to ears on top of the head.

Place oil pastel just below right ear and draw a big, curved line that extends to the other side of the paper and back around to the head. This is the big, fat body. Draw two straight lines for each leg and add an upside down letter “V” for the hooves. Draw four legs.

No need to add a curly tail or small details yet. We’ll wait until after the pig is painted to do that.

Now draw a horizon line. Go behind the pig and make sure not to draw through the pig! Add fence posts a sun and anything else that you would like to add. Keep it simple, though as small areas are harder to paint!

Painted Pig art lesson for first graders using black oil pastels and tempera paints

Paint background first with blue (sky), yellow (sun) and green (field) paints. Paint the pig but leave the fence posts unpainted. Once everything is dry, dip a small paint brush into black tempera paint (water it down a bit to make it smooth)and trace over the black oil pastel lines.

Painted Pig art lesson for first graders using black oil pastels and tempera paints spring art lesson


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  • Lori K

    These are spring-happy! Thanks for the fun ideas…and thanks for joining me at funart4kids.blogspot.com

    cheers! Lori

  • The Monkey and Me

    I did the cows with my kinders this week – They look awesome!They begged me to do it again – so I told them we'll do pigs next week. Maybe now we'll go for tempera paint!
    I adore your blog – and I owe you an enormous
    THANK YOU!!! You have taken me out of my end of the year rut, and my kids are having a great time doing some awesome projects! Thank you so much!.

  • Lee

    I did this with my k5 class because we are reading charlette’s web. We added the barn door frame and charlette hanging from her web. the finished project looks like you are standing in the barn looking out. The kids loved it and I am hooked on your website!! thanks for sharing!!

    • Patty

      Charlotte’s Web…what a great book and what a perfect tie-in with this lesson. Thanks!

  • Susan

    Such a wonderful project that ties in beautifully with Charlotte’s Web. In addition to painting these pigs, my students also painted the barns. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas.

  • Molly

    I am a homeschool mom, and I am going to use this with the book “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” Instead of the line being for the horizon, I am going to have my kids use the line as a kitchen floor and kitchen wall with a small table with pancakes in the background. We love your website, and have gotten so many great ideas from it. Thank you!

    • Patty Palmer

      Love this idea! Thanks, Molly.

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