Animal Art a la Kate Mawdsley

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Kate Mawdsley, artist, is the inspiration for this project. Her animal paintings are so simple and colorful. This is a good project to get the kids to draw large; to fill the paper. I cut paper so it measured 4 ½” x 12″ to reproduce the proportions of Kate”s art. I searched Kate Mawdsley on Google images and made a copy of her animal prints for the kids to reference. I printed six pictures on a page and cut them apart so each student would have a picture. The kids loved this project and you can see what great results were achieved. To learn more about Kate Mawdsley, go to Kate Mawdsley: biography.


  • Drawing or construction paper cut 4 ½” x 12″ 
  • Assorted colors of 9″ x 12″ construction paper 
  • Copy of Kate Mawdsley’s animal art (one per student) 
  • Pencil and eraser 
  • Black Sharpie 
  • Color crayons
  • Glue stick


  1. Give each child two sheets of the cut drawing paper. Let the students choose the animal they want to draw. Discuss proportion and filling the paper with the drawing.
  2. With the pencil, the student draws a version of the animal. Then outlines the pencil lines with a black Sharpie.
  3. Color the background of the drawing, and the animal, in colors of the students choosing.
  4. Help the student choose a colored background paper to accent the colors in their art and glue the picture to the background.

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2 Responses to Animal Art a la Kate Mawdsley

  1. GlitterQueen says:

    Thanks, Jenn, for the comment. The kids loved their finished art work and so did I.

  2. Jenn says:

    This is a really cute idea!

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