Abstract Animals

Abstract Animals lesson plan

Capture animals in abstract drawings, finding the geometric shapes that make up animal faces and bodies.

  • 1.

    Look at several photographs of animals. Compare and contrast their forms by visually breaking the images into simple geometric shapes. To do this, place a piece of tracing paper over a large, side view of an animal such a horse or an elephant.

  • 2.

    With a Crayola® Fine-Line Marker, draw the simple geometric shapes that comprise the animal. An elephant's head and abdomen would be circles, with a long oval for a trunk, and rectangles for legs. Try several different animals.

  • 3.

    Tear the edges of construction paper so it looks like a deckle edge.

  • 4.

    With markers on construction paper, draw the simple geometric forms that you traced. Combine several simple forms to complete a more complex drawing.

  • 5.

    Use Crayola Colored Drawing Chalk to fill in the animal and background. Keep your drawing simple and strong.

  • 6.

    Exhibit the works. Ask viewers to identify which animals are portrayed.


  • Children visually perceive common shapes and proportions in animal forms.
  • Children outline animals using the simple forms they recognize, then fill the outline and backgrounds with chalk.
  • Children exchange their creations and identify each other's animals.


  • Draw several different views of the same animal. Compare views to see if the shapes you observe are similar each time.
  • Use this method to draw human forms.
  • Compare very different animal forms (turtle/whale, snake/giraffe). Analyze shapes used in each drawing.