Panda Art with Texture Techniques

  • Grades 1-3

Children, as young as preschool age, will learn a simple way to draw a panda design and brush techniques to create fur.


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Pencil
  • White Card Stock
  • Craft Glue
  • Small Paper Plate


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

Start with the paper in the vertical (portrait) position. Place a small paper plate in the upper half of the paper, as shown, and trace it. If working with younger kids, you might have to help them hold the plate while tracing.

Step 3.

Next, draw 2 ears. It helps to break the drawing part into easy to follow steps.

Step 4.

Draw an oval in the middle of the face for a nose, and then an oval for each eye. Find pictures of real life pandas from books or online so the have a point of reference. Explain how the big black ovals go around the eyes.

Step 5.

Finish the drawing by adding a mouth and shoulder lines.

Step 6.

Choose a round, stiff bristle brush and dip it into the black paint. Starting at the ears, tap the brush up and down to apply the paint. This will create a fuzzy, fur look to the panda. Tip: practice this technique on another paper if needed. It might take the younger children a little practice to get the up and down movement of the brush.

Step 7.

Finish painting the ears, eyes, and body with this technique. Leave some of the panda’s belly white.

Step 8.

For the panda’s nose, turn the brush on it’s side and paint the nose. Notice that the paint will appear more smooth, just like the panda’s nose compared to the fuzzy fur.

Step 9.

To finish the panda, use a smaller, skinner brush to outline the panda’s head and mouth.

Step 10.

Using the same skinny brush from step 9, create bamboo in the background. To make the bamboo, dip the brush in the green paint, and press the flattened brush on the paper to create long rectangles as shown.

Step 11.

Add leaves to the bamboo with the same brush. Use less pressure to create lighter and skinner brush strokes.

Step 12.

Glue Wiggly Eyes to the center of the black ovals drawn in 4. Your panda painting is now finished!