Art Classes: Level III

Level III-Art Lesson 3: The Chinese Horse: Drawing the Horse’s Head

Learn to draw the head of a horse that tells us something about Chinese history

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 5 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

In 221 BC the Emperor Qin Shi Huang built the first centralized empire in Chinese history.  However, what he is most remembered for is constructing the forerunner of the Great Wall of China, and for the enormous army of terra cotta warriors and horses that were buried with him.  The horse used in this lesson is a copy of one of those buried horses that decorates the front of a P.F. Chang restaurant.  The stylized form of the horse simplifies the task of drawing the horse’s complex form.

The lesson uses a colored background to make an elegant, regal-looking horse.  Using simple drawing tools like the charcoal white pencil and the gold paint pen enhance the effect.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the horse's head.



List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 Chinese horse head warm-up
  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • 1 sheet of 8 ½” x 11” red or other regal colored paper (make sure the paper color is light enough to contrast with the black marker)
  • 1 gold paint pen
  • 1 white charcoal pencil

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes


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

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