How to Draw a Cow

Cow+Drawing+2Last 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.

3 Responses

  1. Anonymous
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  2. Anonymous
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    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

  3. Helen
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    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

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