Art Classes: Level III

Level III-Art Lesson 9: The Nine-Banded Armadillo

Create a Relief with a Pewter-like Patina

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 4 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

This lesson uses unusual materials--tin foil and shoe polish--as media to create a pewter-like relief of an armadillo. 

The lesson begins with interesting information. For example, find out:

  • Why Aztecs called the armadillo the turtle rabbit, and
  • How armadillos find insects 8” below the ground, even though they are nearly deaf and blind.

Follow the guided drawing to complete the armadillo. You will create your own background.

Create the pewter-like relief with easy-to-follow steps that use glue, tin foil, and shoe polish.

The lesson asks the artist to solve some interesting problems:

  • To create the relief with a combination of raised and indented marks, and
  • To use what you have learned about armadillo habitats to create a simple background for the picture.

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


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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:



  • Learn to make succotash, a popular southern American food.



  • Study pictures and watch a video about armadillos to learn how armadillos move. Then listen to music made by a Charango (They were traditionally built from armadillo shells). Use the music to make up a dance that imitates armadillo movements.


  • The armadillo has nine bands. Have fun with the number “9” by playing math games about the number 9.


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the armadillo: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the picture: (two steps)
    • Drawing with tacky glue: 15 minutes
    • Applying foil and shoe polish: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 75 minutes


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

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