Let’s do a fun and easy painting of sheep enjoying a day out in the pasture.
Previous posts this month included Jean-Francois Millet’s painting, The Sheepfold, Moonlight, which is about the Good Shepherd bringing His sheep to safety for the night. Go here to see that post with its related devotion: https://kathythepicturelady.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/jean-francois-millet-french-realist-painter-of-ordinary-people/
Then on Tuesday of this last week I did an interview with children’s author, Laura Sassi, who has a sweet picture-book retelling of the lost sheep. If you missed it, you can go here. https://kathythepicturelady.wordpress.com/2021/05/25/interview-with-childrens-author-laura-sassi-and-illustrator-tommy-doyle/
This kid’s painting project is about when the Shepherd leads His sheep out to safely graze under His watchful care.
It makes a cute picture of sheep in a pasture and perfectly illustrates Psalm 100: 3, “…we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”
The project can be done in 2 short activity times. Do part A and let the paint dry; then come back to finish with part B.
- Sturdy white paper such as construction paper
- Scrap paper, any color
- Cardboard such as cereal box cardboard, cut into 2 to 3 inch squares
- Yarn, any color
- Tape such as masking, packing, or duct tape
- Green paint, largish plastic cover, paintbrush or plastic knife or spoon
- Crayons or markers
Follow these simple steps:
Part A. 20 to 30 minutes
- Draw and cut out several cloud shapes of different sizes from the scrap paper.
- Fold over pieces of masking tape to stick the “clouds” to your white construction paper (you’ll be removing these so don’t stick them heavily—one piece per cloud, and don’t use regular, mailing, or duct tape)
- Arrange cloud shapes on your construction paper
- To make your “stamp,” make a “handle” out of tape for your piece of cardboard
- Tape one end of a piece of yarn on this same side
- Wrap the yarn around and around the cardboard, and tape the end on the back (wrap the strand fairly tightly, but not too close together)
- Put a small amount of green paint on the plastic lid and spread with a spoon or brush.
- Rub your cardboard stamp around the thin layer of paint just to coat the yarn strands
- Stamp all over your white paper and cloud shapes. The stamping should look like blades of grass. Pick up more paint as needed.( help children to stamp up and down without smearing)Let dry
Part B 20 to 30 minutes
- Remove cloud shapes
- With pencil draw heads, ears, and legs (I use pencil first so I remember the eyes)
- Color these in with black marker or crayon
Use other marker or crayon colors to make flowers. Or use your finger dipped in other colors to print the petals.
Molly and I hope you enjoyed making this painting of happy sheep grazing safely in a meadow that illustrates Psalm 100:3!Next month Molly and I begin our summer series of twice monthly fun and easy art projects!! Molly and I hope you’ll join us for some summer fun!
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You have the best ideas, Kathy! I have never seen more beautiful children’s artwork than this sheep in a pasture picture. Love it!
Oh, thank you so much, Becky! It’s an art project for almost any age that turns out really cute! You’ll have to try it with some of your grandchildren and let me know how it goes!
How wonderful and how talented you are Kathy!
Thank you so much, Cindy! You are so kind! I love helping elementary children find their creativity and enjoy making art!
I think I might be able to do this; even though I’m the guy who can’t draw straight lines with a ruler. 🙂 Oh, how the children must enjoy when you visit Sunday School with them. God’s blessings Ms. Kathy. I love how you use God’s gifts to spread His love in your world ma’am!
Thank you, J.D., for your encouraging comment! I bet you could do way more than you think, and actually, in my art classes, we don’t get too hung up on making our lines perfectly straight. We call it the straight line FAMILY, and many lines qualify! Blessings to you, J.D.!
What a great idea! And it makes such a lovely picture. Thank you for sharing, Kathy.
Thank you, Katherine! It’s fun to do too, and pretty easy for all ages! One of my favorites for spring!