My after school art class just finished this adorable Horse Portrait using Oil Pastels. We were inspired by Mrs. Susa’s 5th Grade Oil Pastel Horses Lesson. I gave a teacher guided demonstration to show them how to draw the horse and they followed along with me step by step. The students range in age from Kinder-5th grade. This project could easily be adapted to older students by teaching additional techniques in either oil pastels, dry pastels or acrylic paint.
Supplies: White Cardstock (or 80lb+ paper), oil pastels, BOOK: Learn to Draw Horses & Ponies, Optional: Baby Oil & Q-tips for blending
1. Teacher Guided Demonstration on drawing the horse head. We followed the step by step instructions in the book Learn to Draw Horses & Ponies
2. Add details to the drawing like the background (fences, mountains, grass, trees, etc.) or add gear to the horse.
3.Outline all lines with a Sharpie.
4.Use oil pastels to color the picture. I had some old horse calendars that they looked at for references. Optional: Oil Pastel Techniques Worksheet
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