Buffalo (Bison) Drawing

When our family visited the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque last month, both Trevor and I were so inspired by the art we saw. The museum had many gorgeous pieces on permanent display, plus a lobby exhibit of artwork by local children. We both really liked the animal-inspired artwork by the fifth graders at Santo Domingo School, particularly this buffalo (technically, it's a bison):

... and this jackrabbit. 

I shared these photos with the students in Trevor's class during our most recent lesson about Native Americans. They served as inspiration for our own art. 


Bison Drawing


  • white drawing paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • colored pencils or markers
  • brown construction paper
  • glue

What to Do:

  1. Draw a bison on the white paper. This site has excellent step-by-step instructions. 
  2. Cut out the bison. 
  3. Decorate the bison, either on the side with the drawing or on the blank side on the reverse.
  4. Glue the bison to the brown construction paper.

Here are a few of the bison projects made by Trevor's classmates. I love how different they all are:

This one is Trevor's. The four quadrants represent spring, summer, fall and winter.

Great job, fifth graders!


  1. Ooohhh, they are all so different and so wonderful!

  2. How cute are these! LOVE the creative takes on the original!

  3. These are all fabulous.Thanks for sharing resources


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