Art Classes: Level III

Level III-Art Lesson 6: The Eastern European Firebird

Learn to draw the mythical firebird and learn stories about firebirds

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


Art Lesson Description:

The firebird is a common feature in Russian and Ukrainian culture.  “The Little Hunchbacked Horse,” a popular folktale, and the Firebird ballet both tell tales of this magical bird whose feathers glow and light the way through the darkness to success.

Since glowing feathers are the most important feature of a firebird, the artist drawing a firebird must find a way to depict this glow, and finding a solution to this problem is an interesting part of this lesson.  The lesson is also an introduction to mixed media—combining chalk pastels, colored pencils, and washable markers.

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


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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:


  • Read The Firebird — a Ukrainian fairy tale. The story is about a boy who chooses a horse, even though everyone else thinks the horse is the worst choice possible. With the help of the horse and a firebird, he goes on many adventures and becomes a hero.
  • Read the story of “The Little Humpbacked Horse” (#ad) Ivan, the youngest of three sons, discovers a magnificent mare stealing hay from the family fields. When he helps the mare, he's rewarded with three colts. He keeps the one that is humpbacked, and the colt guides him on a series of adventures, until he eventually becomes Tsar.
  • Watch a video of The Little Humpbacked Horse. Make sure to go to settings for subtitles!
  • Learn more about the firebird and about Russian folk arts.

Music and Dance:


Art: Compare how you have depicted lights glowing in the darkness with Rembrandt’s techniques in his famous painting, The Night Watch. Learn the story of Rembrandt's life and work. Enjoy an interactive look at his painting.


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 30 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 80 minutes


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

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