Follow this step by-step video to learn how to create your own drawing inspired by Mainie Jellett's painting Achill Horses (1941).
Mainie Jellett (1897–1944) was a very famous Irish artist. She painted in a cubist style, breaking things down into geometric shapes. Take a look at her painting, above. Can you spot four different shapes?
Now, let's get started on our drawing!
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- A4-size piece of paper
- A pencil
- Colouring pencils or crayons
- Optional: Download and print out this page of horses to trace. Or, you can draw your own horses.
- Start by bringing your pencil for a walk across the page. Use curved and straight lines to create different shapes.
- Download and print out this page of horses. You can use it to trace the horses, or you can look at the line drawings to help you draw your own.
- If you want to trace: select a horse on the print out, flip the page over and scribble over the horse on the back of the page using a dark pencil.
- Turn the print out over, and place it with the scribbled side down on your drawing.
- Use a sharp pencil to trace the outline of the horse. This tracing process creates a ghost image of a horse on the page underneath.
- You can also draw the horses freehand, if you prefer!
- Draw at least three horses of different scales, putting the biggest one at the front.
- Now it's time to colour in! Try to use a different colour in each shape, like Mainie.
- You can mix or blend two colours together.
- You can make a dark tone by leaning heavily on the pencil or crayon.
- Keep going until all of the shapes are filled with colour.
- Take your time and have fun!
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