Mar 23, 2013

Cow Face Drawing

This idea comes from a funny painting I found in a home decor catalog. I love how it exaggerates the proportions of the cow.
1. I started with a 11" x 14" drawing paper, and folded it in half four times to get a grid of guidelines like those shown on my diagram. Have the students start by drawing half of the head as shown on my diagram, and then adding the opposite side with as much symmetry as possible.
2. Tilted eyes are added at the widest part of the head. The top of the nose is added to make a nose that looks like a square with rounded corners.
3. Ears are drawn extending out of the top of the head, and as they are really large, going off the paper.
4. The body of the cow is added with legs below and the back above. You can give the students the option of drawing the body to the right or the left.
5. When the drawing is complete, the students trace the art with a black Sharpie and then color in with oil pastels. Encourage overlapping the edges of different pastel colors so they get a fuzzy look instead of a hard line.


Anonymous said...

I really like this cow picture. I have had my 5th graders use it as a starting point. Instead of having them color the cow normally I have them choose a theme and decorate the cows body with that theme and add a background that goes with the theme. They have come up with some real awesome ideas. Before they start I show them pictures of the cows on parade in Chicago. The students really enjoyed doing this project.

Mrs. Bartel's School Family (Alyce) said...

This is an amazing project. I have a group of students doing this painting this week. Check it out...


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