Nov 20, 2011

Cow Portraits

These gorgeous, expressive cow portraits are from one of my Pre-primary and Grade 1 classes. This was a step-by-step drawing lesson where students followed my directions on the board to create a cow's face using simple shapes. I left the finishing touches and colour with oil pastel and tempera paints up to the students and I love that each one is so individual. 

Most of them have chosen quite Fauvist colour schemes and I also find them reminiscent of Andy Warhol's cow prints. Aren't 5 year olds amazing? Some of the teachers and I also had a laugh at how much each cow portrait resembled the artist who created it :).

'Cow', 1966.                                           'Madame Matisse', 1905.
Andy Warhol                                           Henri Matisse
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As requested, here's a super quick sketch to show the steps I showed the kids.


  1. Love these cows! It's like they are going to talk!

  2. These are WOW! Your blog really inspires me.
    Not knowing much of the shapes this would use could you give us some basics? Sure would appreciate it....can't even draw a stick cow!

  3. Love, love, love!

  4. Rosanne - will try to post a bit of a tutorial when I have time, thank you :)

  5. Just read, "Click, Clack, Moo" to my kinders and we drew these cute cows! They turned out great! We used an upside down "U" for the face though so they wouldn't have to erase any overlapping lines. Love those cute cow expressions! Thank you for the lesson! :)


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