Inspired by all the warmth and positivity of summer, it’s a combination that really works – the movement and color of the suns rays complement the lion, enhancing its mane, and bringing it bursting to life.
As always, children are encouraged to play with color combinations, shade and technique to inspire their creativity. The piece is suitable for kids of all ages – the pattern repetition is brilliant for reinforcing fine motor skills in younger children, and older children can really take their time and lose themselves in the process.
Joining the fiery star with the proud king of the jungle creates an impactful work of art that kids will love, and is destined for a frame.
This download comes complete with a Free Flow guide AND a completed lion that can be simply colored in!
White Card Stock
Oil Pastels or Wax Crayons
Acrylic or watercolor Paints
If you think of your page split into three equal horizontal sections, start by drawing a large circle roughly in the middle third. The circle needs to be big, but also needs to leave room for the lovely sunny mane that goes around it.
Then begin the face with eyebrows and a nose. Starting on the left hand side towards the top, draw a line across towards the middle and down, almost like a curved number seven. Then do the same on the other side: start towards the top on the right hand side, draw a line in towards the middle and down.
Complete the lion’s nose by drawing a diamond shape connecting the bottom of the two lines.
Under each eyebrow, draw a large oval eye and, since this lion is friendly, give him a big smile coming down from the bottom of his nose.
Draw two small rounded ears at the top of his head.
Then we’re ready to begin the mane! Draw a large petal shape at the bottom of the head by flowing down, out and in to a point; then up, out and back in to the head. Then repeat this large petal shape at the top of the head, and on the left and right sides.
Repeat the same shape, but slightly smaller, inside each petal so they start to look like the flame from a fire.
Now start to fill in the gaps with more petal shapes to create a full fiery mane. Once you’ve finished the first layer around the head, create a second layer by filling the gaps in between the first. We want to create lots of depth, so add as many layers as you can fit onto the page.
Let’s bring the lion to life! Use your brightest paints and all of your wonderful creativity to color your lion. You can just use shades of red, orange and yellow to really mimic that sunshine feel, or use the whole color palette to create a rainbow sunshine lion – why not?!
And don’t forget to really play with your paints and experiment.
Try using a color gradient on the nose to give it depth, or using a lighter shade around the eyes to highlight them and make the pop.
You could even explore using different brush strokes and brushes to create a fur-like texture on the face.
Throughout the painting process, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to explore the paint; create texture with layered paint strokes and combine orange, yellow and brown to add depth and definition to the lions face.
Now you have a beautiful sunshine lion that could cheer up even the grayest day. Don’t forget to share your colorful works of art on social media and tag us – it always brings a smile to our face here at Arty Crafty Kids!
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