Mar 19, 2012

How to Draw a Cow

Last spring my school had a special assembly that featured a cow and her calf. I decided to take advantage of the fact that everyone was seeing this really cute animal at the same time and I did this cow lesson for that week's art class.
1. For kinders and 1st graders, start with cardboard  templates so they can trace the body in pencil. Make the size proportionate with the size of your watercolor paper, as shown.
2. A triangle for the neck, and rectangles for the legs are added.
3. Next, the head is added overlapping the neck. Eyes, nose and ears are added as well as the tail and udder. At this point I the students erase any lines that separate the body parts.
4. Give each student a black crayon to trace the pencil drawing. Spots are drawn and colored in. A pink crayon may be used to color in the nose and ears.
5. Distribute green and blue watercolors and brushes. I like to make liquid watercolors by taking the cheap watercolor tablets and dissolve them in water. I helps a lot when painting large areas.


Helen said...

thank you so much for posting this. I have just done it with my daughter(5) who was trying to draw a cow and we now have two lovely watercolor pictures to go on the wall. :D

Anonymous said...

my homework was to write a legend and i wrote why cows moo and i didn't know how to draw a cow,but now i do

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colli366 said...

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you post on here. I am now 24 years old, and two years ago, I was kind of "thrown" into the position of art room teacher at Lansing MI's Boys and Girls Club. I had no background at all, besides one art for elementary teachers class. I cannot tell you how many times I have used the lessons you post on here, and the kids always LOVE the activities. The art program there has been such a positive influence on not only the children, but me as well. As I am wrapping up my last month there, I just wanted to let you know that I may not have been able to do it without you and your blog!!!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Sarah,
That's so nice of you to say. I really love hearing that my ideas might be helping others, but I bet that you also played a large part in your art room success. Best wishes for wherever you go next!