Art Classes: Level II

Level II-Art Lesson 5: The Ukrainian Cat

Learn to draw a cat and imitate the bright colors an patterns of a Ukrainian batik

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 3 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

On a research trip we discovered this batik cat that had been painted by a theater student in Odessa, Ukraine.

The batik cat and its background are covered with interesting patterns that invite us to play with pattern as we create our own version of the cat.

The drawing of the cat itself is very simple.  A number steps are provided to help the student create the complicated pattern that covers the drawing. These steps can be followed as desired, or can be used as a springboard to invention.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the cat.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 warm-up for the Ukrainian cat
  • 1 fine point black magic marker
  • 1 piece of white laser glossy printing paper
  • 1 set of washable colored markers

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Social Studies: Use this lesson as an introduction to the geography and history of Ukraine. Here is a brief history of Ukraine.

Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class: 

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes


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Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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