Art Tuesday – The Elephant


Welcome to Art Tuesday!

Today, we will study the painting on page 28 of the book Can You Hear It? by William Lach. Here are links to the piece of art and music in case you weren’t able to get ahold of a book, yet.


Prince Riding on an Elephant


The Carnival of the Animals: The Elephant, by Camille Saint-Saens


There are so many interesting details in this picture. Have your child describe what he sees. You might discuss what the three men are doing, what the elephant is doing, what kind of “clothes” the elephant is wearing or notice the fancy gold border. You might want to figure out where this elephant comes from.

Then listen to the music and discuss how it sounds like an elephant. Is the music slow or fast? What instruments do you hear? It might, also, be fun to stomp like elephants and swing your trunks (arms) while listening to the music.

Get Creative

Supplies needed:

  • paint (blue, red, grey, gold)
  • paintbrush
  • paper
  • brushes or sponges to stamp border


1. Paint the elephant body. Start with a large oval in the middle then add the head and trunk and four legs.

2. Use brushes to stamp a border around the elephant.

3. Add people, if you like. This might require more paint colors.


Clara and Nicholas creating their masterpieces.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Art Tuesday lesson. Come back next week for a new project! (Oh, and let your friends know.)

(Note – The links in this post are my referral links.)

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