Drawing animals for kids is a lot of fun but drawing animals together is also a powerful way to learn.
Taking some time to analyse a wildlife image first and you can learn a lot about the animals in your picture together before you even put pencil to paper!
Drawing animals for Kids & with Kids
Grab one of your animal photography books and let your child skim through its page until they find something they want to draw.
I think it’s an important step to talk about the subject of your image before you start drawing. The best part about drawing is to take your time, and notice all the features closely and carefully to help you replicate it on paper.
Questions to ask before you start drawing
Here’s some more general questions you can ask your child before drawing from a wildlife image:
- What animal is it?
- What’s the animal doing? Why do you think that?
- What body covering does the animal have?
- What type of animal is it? E.g. bird? Mammal? Reptile?
- Where could the animal be going?
- Is the animal happy or sad? Why do you think that?
- What’s in the background of the image or behind the animal?
- Is there anything in front of the animal?
- Why do you want to draw THIS animal?
Take your time drawing.
Here’s our attempt
I noticed Miss Possum was interested in the way I was adding some shading to my drawing of the elephant.
It wasn’t easy explaining that light from the sun hits the animal and where the sun can’t get to creates shadows on the animal. She managed to understand when I showed her the shadows on the elephant and the same shadows I tried to make on my drawing. She started to shade parts of her elephant.
It was so enjoyable to draw again and I could see that Miss Possum was quietly enjoying herself too.
Miss Possum’s drawing is on the right and mine is on the left. Not bad for an almost five year old is she?!
When did you last get out the pencils and draw from a beautiful wildlife image?