Maud Lewis Cat Painting

Maud Lewis Cat diagramRenowned Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis (1903 – 1970) painted colorful scenes of rural Nova Scotia using random art supplies and painful hands as a result of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

1. Wet a 12″ x 9″ piece of watercolor paper, and paint the background bright yellow. Let dry. Using watercolor pencils (like Prismacolor), draw the cat eyes, nose and mouth as shown with a black pencil.
2. With the same pencil, fill in the area around the eyes with short dark strokes to make a head. Add ears, and an oval-shaped body below. A tail may be added to one side.
3. Heart-shaped flowers are drawn around the cat as desired.
4. Use a small wet paint brush to go over the pencil, which will turn the color into paint. Make short strokes in an outward direction to make the fuzzy edges of the cat. Black legs may be added to the bottom. When dry, trace over the mouth lines with a white pencil, and add whiskers.

4 Responses

  1. Kathy Barbro

    Thank you for the feedback Anonymous. I updated my instructions to make short, outward paint strokes with the wet paint, so as to imitate the fur. I hope that helps your kids turn their blobs into kittens!

  2. Anonymous

    I LOVE your blog! I am a new Art teacher (K-8) and have gotten so many wonderful ideas from your site! I plan to start a Maud Lewis cat project with my K’s this afternoon:) Thanks a million for sharing all of this!! -H.Johnson

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you for your wonderful blog! We have enjoyed many of your art projects! The kids love them and are proud of their finished works of art! We tried the cat this afternoon and the kids thought their cats looked like blobs after they used the brush with water on them. We are going to try again tomorrow. Thank you for all the work you do on this site!

  4. AWW! I love this one! I’ll be linking.

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