You can easily draw an armadillo using some very basic shapes. A football shaped head and half circle body with shell lines will tell everyone exactly what it is.
Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover their back, head, legs, and tail.
Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear such shells.
- View and download Armadillo Tutorial
- Watercolor paper
- Sharpie marker, fine tip
- Liquid watercolor paint*
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- Print an armadillo tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on the paper very lightly in pencil. They really do make a difference in helping students fill their paper with their drawing.
- Draw the armadillo lightly with a pencil.
- Trace the drawing with a black permanent marker.
- Fill in the eyes with the marker. For an extra sparkle in the eye, leave a small white spot.
- Draw wrinkles on the armadillo knees, and extra shell lines.
- Add crayon lines in the background if you want.
- Paint the armadillo with watercolor paint.
- Lastly, paint the background carefully, taking care not to make puddles that may bleed in to your armadillo.