We’re coming up on the Year of the Ox, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. Did you know the ox represents diligence and reliability?
To get ready for the Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – on Feb. 12, try drawing an ox. It can be a cartoonish one or realistic – whatever your choose!
- Sketchbook or some paper
- Colorful drawing instruments, such as markers or colored pencils
Watch video for inspiration from our volunteer:
Need help getting started? Search for Year of the Ox illustrations online. Some more prompts:
- What kinds of ox will you draw? Animated or realistic?
- What kind of personality will your ox have?
- What colors will you use? Our volunteer used red, since red is considered a lucky color in Asian cultures.
- Will you include a background? Maybe you want to include some hopes and dreams you have for the new year.
Remember, your ox is perfect the way you draw it. Finally, just focus on having fun.
Try these activities along with drawing:
- Enjoy more Year of the Ox crafts from Red Ted Art blog.
- Add a lesson on Lunar New Year. Some resources include Scholastic Teachers, PBS Learning Media and Britannica Kids.
- Read some books together. A few suggestions aimed at kids from Colours of Us blog.
About our volunteer
Julia is a student at Arizona State University studying biology. She draws to relax and think. You might find her at the museum helping at an event, but she’s often behind the scenes helping input data and prepping sample artworks for marketing events.