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Lesson 2: Drawing Animals


We will look at animal images for inspiration to invent and draw our own imaginary animals. Students will draw their own imaginary animals using invented and organic shapes, details, and textures.

Grade Level



Drawing, Collage, Puppetry

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  • Teaching Tools


  • White pencils
  • Black paper – 9 x 12″
  • Resource: photos of different animals


Step 1

Look at animal images and ask students to notice the shapes that make up the animals’ bodies. What sizes are they? Ask students to notice the details and textures.

Step 2

Demonstrate combining shapes from different animals, or imagining other shapes, to draw an imaginary animal. Add details and marks to show texture.

Step 3

Have students draw imaginary animals, starting with large shapes, then adding details and textures.


Students will reflect on their work by talking their imaginary animal character.

What is your animal’s name?
What is special about this animal?  
What does your animal like to do?

Writing Prompt (optional):

Students will write 2-4 sentences about their imaginary animal. Use the following sentence starters if necessary:

My animal’s name is _________.
I drew a ____ (shape) and a ____(shape)  to make my animal. (Examples: square, rectangle, oval, circle, triangle)
My animal likes to _________.
My animal is special because it has _________.


Tear, edge, arrange, glue

Animal bodies: head, body, neck, legs, tail, ears, eyes, nose, antlers, horn, marks, fur


Photos of animals

Geometric shape chart

Organic shape chart