Art Classes: Level I

Art Lesson Level I-Art Lesson 11: The Sheep From Wales

Draw a sheep and use Welsh woolen fabrics to create a background

Lesson Description:

Wales is a fascinating land of castles, public markets that are full of surprises, and the home of many famous authors like Roald Dahl. But if you drive through the countryside, it’s possible that the sheep will be the thing that catches your eye. Sheep seem to be everywhere! Every sheep had a big bright red, blue, or purple spot or combination of spots that farmers used to tag their flock. Each flock had its own color code, so if a sheep jumps the fence to join another flock, it will quickly be discovered.

Sheep of course, make wool, so it’s no wonder that Wales is known for its fine woolen fabrics.

In this lesson, we’ve combined the drawing of a sheep with a plaid pattern inspired by Welsh wool fabric. Students will combine curvilinear lines with rectilinear lines, not only, but the plaid fabric is also an invitation to try out some color combinations. The media for coloring the picture is oil pastels and watercolor - a combination that will introduce students to oil resist.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • A copy of the warm-up
  • A fine tipped black magic marker
  • A set of oil pastels
  • A#6 round watercolor brush
  • A set of watercolor paints with a lid/tray for color mixing
  • A sheet of 11” x 14” watercolor paper
  • A roll of masking tape
  • A paint board
  • A ruler
  • A 2H pencil

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Literature by Welsh authors:

History and geography

Music: Listen to Welsh folk music

Approximate Time to Complete the Art Lesson:

  • Drawing the picture: 20 minutes
  • Re-drawing with oil pastels: 15 minutes  
  • Using watercolors to paint the picture:20-30 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Picture
A Finished Picture

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