Art Classes: Level II

Level II-Art Lesson 4: The Elephant from Ghana

Learn to draw an elephant and capture the vivid colors of an African sunset

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


Art Lesson Description:

An artist displaying his work in the markets of Ghana sold us this painting.  The background of the painting captures the gorgeous red sunsets of western Africa, and the towering elephant’s proportions make this an exciting project.

The project provides an opportunity to explore texture and to work with a limited color palette. 

The picture can be finished with colored markers, but we discovered that the new “color switcher” markers are also great fun to use on this project.

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


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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Social Studies: Use this lesson as an introduction to the geography and history of Ghana and western Africa.

Dance from Ghana: For a real physical workout, watch a dance from Ghana and see if you can do the steps!

Writing: Read Rudyard Kipling's "How the Elephant Got It's Trunk" (#ad) (in Just So Stories (#ad) or listen to Jim Weiss's (#ad) telling of the story. Then write a story about how your elephant got to be the way it is.



Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class: 

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


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

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