Art Classes: Level IV

Level IV-Art Lesson 1: The Ukrainian Face With Hidden Surprises

Learn to draw a face that has birds, hands, fish, and other pictures hidden in it

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

At one moment the original painting looks like a face, but when you look again, you suddenly see two birds, two hands, and several fish!  Drawing these birds-that-become-a-face is fun and easy, especially since there are opportunities to add your own hidden secrets.  The lesson also provides an opportunity to study symmetry and asymmetry.

The lesson asks students to choose a palette of analogous colors from their set of oil pastels.  Blending the pastels with a pencil eraser creates a finish similar to an oil painting, and makes the finished work impressive.  Have fun creating your own visual surprises as you draw!

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


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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Social Studies:

Other Hidden Images in Art:


  • Enjoy some Ukrainian folk music and see some traditional Ukrainian costumes.
  • Watch two performers as they get ready to sing at the Russian Club in front of the picture for our lesson.


Enjoy other lessons that feature Ukraine: The Ukrainian Rooster, the The Ukrainian Cat, The Convent in L'viv, The Carpathian Church, and the Eastern European Firebird.


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 30 minutes
  • Using oil pastels: 60 minutes
  • Total time: 90 minutes


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

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