Harold the Giraffe Art With whaea kristy

Inspired by our own Harold the Giraffe and Life Education

Curriculum links through Health and P.E and Social Sciences, Science if you wanted to explore the living world.

Elements of Art

Line, shape, size scale, space, texture, tone, colour

Art Principles

Balance,Variety, balance, pattern, contrast, repetition

You will need...

  • A3 paper
  • Pencil
  • Black whiteboard marker or sharpie (preferably thick tip)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint trays - I use cardboard from the milk in schools boxes
  • Newspaper to cover the tables or work area
  • Paintbrushes
  • Soft pastels or chalk pastels
  • Glue stick to glue published art to a frame
  • Paper towels to wipe hands when using the pastels
  • Copy of the colour wheel
  • Optional - metallic paint pens, silver, gold, white liquid chalk or white twink pens
  • Perseverance!

Get yourself ready, clear then cover your table space with newspaper, get an A3 or larger piece of paper and lay it portrait way.

Step 1

In the top half of the paper, using your pencil, draw an egg or pear shaped oval. Have it big enough that it takes up most of the space but make sure you leave room at the top for the ossicones (horns). You might want to practice on whiteboards to build up confidence first.

Note: I have done my example in black marker so you can see it.


Add two small parallel lines at the top for the ossicones.


Make a mushroom shape for each of the ossicones.


Draw the long neck, right down to the bottom of the page.


Add another oval shape in the head area for the nose.

STEPS 2 to 5


Inside the nose begin to draw a heart shape without quite finishing it.


Colour in the nostrils.


Draw two eyes, you can either colour in the pupils or leave the pupils white.


Give your giraffe a mouth or a smile.


Draw some ears, large enough to almost go to the edge of the paper. I normally trim the sides of the paper to tidy up the art and to place it on another A3 paper (from the photo copier) for the border. So, draw the ears large enough but not to the edge.


Fill in the ears with a koru design.

Steps 6 to 11


Start to add in the spots on the neck and head area.

Step 13

Give Harold some hair!


Go over every pencil line with a black marker, preferably with a nice thick tip. It's really important to have newspaper under your work for this part!

Ready to paint? Please warn your students that acrylic paint will not come off clothes once it has dried, kia tupato koutou! Paint each section carefully using nice bright colours.


Start painting.

Finished? Be sure to wash your brushes and always keep your work space tidy. Ask your teacher to come to your work space to check your finished work, do not walk around the classroom with wet painted paper.

While the paint is drying, bring out the colour wheel and explain what analogous colours are.

An analogous colour is one of a group of related colours that are near each other on the colour wheel, a circular chart that shows gradations of colour: Red, orange, and yellow are analogous colours.


Use the chalk pastels as a tool to highlight Harold. If your background is blue like in these photos, then the analogous colour to go over the blue is aqua blue, dark blue or purple. Carefully go around your giraffe with the pastel pressing hard so it becomes bright. This is a very messy process so you will need to have paper towels to wipe your hands. Try not to blow the dust away, instead rub it in with your index finger carefully blending the chalk into the painted area. We also used the chalk to draw spots like on Harold for the empty spaces in the background.

In these pictures the students used orange or red for in the yellow areas. Try and go close to the black lines. If the chalk goes over the black lines then you will need to re-do them.
Tauhara Primary, Room 10, Year 5 & 6
Add a border and celebrate their work!

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