Level II-Art Lesson 9: The Ukrainian Rooster
Learn to draw a rooster while you learn to tell a Slavic folktale about a rooster
The lesson is suitable for students in grade 3 through adult.
Art Lesson Description:
When roosters crow to announce the sunrise, they seem to be shouting, “Hey, everybody, it’s a great new day! Time to wake up!” So it should be little wonder that Ukrainian people consider the rooster a symbol of happiness and good fortune. The Ukrainian rooster we found for this lesson is the picture of happiness. The bouquet of flowers that surround the rooster invites us to use background images to create balance, so this lesson is also an introduction to creating a balanced composition.
An additional advantage of using the Ukrainian rooster for our subject is that we have also found a YouTube video of a delightful folktale about a rooster, “The Rooster with the Golden Comb.” The video is in Russian (not Ukrainian), but the story is such fun we decided to include it anyway. The story is easy to understand, and offers a great opportunity for students to practice storytelling and story writing.
The lesson guides students as they draw the rooster and create a balanced composition around the rooster. Students are invited to study Ukrainian folk art patterns and to invent textures and patterns as they color the rooster.
This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the rooster.
List of Supplies for Each Student:
- 1 copy of the warm-up (this comes with the lesson)
- 11" x 14" drawing paper
- Fine tipped permanent black marker
- Washable colored markers
- (Optional: glitter glaze to add a sparkling final touch)
Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:
- Learn about Ukraine's history during the last 100 years.
- Read about four important Ukrainian historical events.
- Interesting facts about Ukraine. (Did you know that an old Ukrainian constitution may have provided the model for the US Constitution?)
- Study maps of Ukraine to see what you can learn about the country.
Ukrainian Culture: Learn about Ukrainian's traditions and customs. Here's a sampling: Don't whistle indoors, and do bring an ODD number of flowers for a friend.
Music: Listen to some Ukrainian children's songs.
- Read the book, The Cat and the Rooster, a Ukrainian folktale.
- Read another Russian folktale about a rooster, "Fox, Hare and Rooster."
- Each kind of animal portrays a special kind of character in Ukrainian and Slavic folktales. Learn about these animal characters.
- Did you know that roosters in other parts of the world speak a different language than roosters in America? Learn how to say "cock-a-doodle-do" in other languages!
- Learn stories about how roosters have been important in Europe--one even saved a man's life!
- There are 12 billion chickens in the world. Learn some interesting facts about them.
- Learn how rooster combs help roosters. Learn more about the different kinds of rooster combs.
- Why do roosters crow? How does crowing affect a rooster's social status with other roosters?
Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:
- Guided drawing: 35 minutes
- Coloring the rooster: 30 minutes
- Total time: 65 minutes