Level I-Art Lesson 1: The Swedish Dala Horse
Learn to draw a horse using a design from Swedish culture
Art Lesson Description:
Drawing a horse is difficult, but children love horses and love drawing them. The Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington, has a huge collection of the famous carved wooden horses, the Dala horses. Fortunately, these horses are stylized in such a way that they are EASY to draw, and they look very horse-like!
After the drawing warm-up, the lesson gives enough guidance to make sure that student drawings look satisfyingly like a horse. Then, after studying a number of Swedish folk art patterns, students will create their own original pattern as they finish the horse.
Preview the lesson HERE
THIS LESSON IS OFFERED IN BOTH VIDEO AND POWERPOINT FORMATS
List of Supplies for Each Student:
- 1 warm-up for the Swedish horse
- 1 fine tipped black magic marker
- 1 11” x 11” square piece of watercolor paper
- 1 small palette
- 4-5 colors of bottled acrylic paints
- 1 painting board (a piece of 12” x 16” masonite will work nicely)
- 1 #4 watercolor brush
- Masking tape
- 1 bottle or cup for rinsing brushes
Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:
- History: Learn the history and some of the meaning of the dala horse
- Writing: Find the Dalarna region on a map. Watch how carvers carve the dala horse with the following videos, and then write an essay describing the process.
- Literature: Read some Swedish folktales. You can find them in Swedish Folk Tales by Polly Lawsonet or read The Princess and the Glass Mountain
- Music: Watch and listen to Swedish musician as they play traditional Swedish music on traditional instruments.
- Science: Learn about a Swedish horse breed at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/northswedish/, and at http://www.petcaregt.com/horsecare/horsebreeds/swedishardenneshorse.html
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Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:
- Introduction through guided drawing: 20 minutes
- Finishing the drawing: 35 minutes
- Total time: 55 minutes