Rock Painting Lesson

Rock Painting with a twist! Students develop the drawing and painting skills to transform a rock into a rabbit.

HOME FOR A BUNNY–by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Garth Williams
In the Spring a bunny came down the road.
He was going to find a home of his own.
A home for a bunny, a home of his own,
Under a rock, under a stone,
Under a log, or under the ground.
Where would a bunny find a home?

Grade Level: 1st – 2nd grade
Time Required: 2 45-min. class periods

National Core Arts Standards
Creating: #1, 3
Presenting/Producing: #5
Responding: #7, 9
Connecting: #10


Faber-Castell Tempera paint
Brushes – round and flat

This playful tale is about a sweet, lovable little bunny on his journey to find himself a home one beautiful spring day.
In this lesson plan, children experience the fun of transforming an ordinary rock into the adorable bunny in the story, with the simple art of rock painting.

Rock Painting Lesson

1. Begin by asking students to use their imagination and observational skills by finding their own rock to bring in to class and paint as a bunny. The rock should be smooth, oval shaped and no bigger than their hand. It should be  rounded, not flat.

Rock Painting Lesson

2. Next, using tempera or acrylic paint, have students paint their entire rock in a warm, medium brown. When the  paint is dry, they can draw their bunny in pencil.

Rock Painting Lesson

3. Continue by demonstrating how to paint the bunny’s head, ears and white face. This kind of painting is very  forgiving, and any mistakes can be easily painted over and corrected.

Rock Painting Lesson

4. Final touches include the eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers. Have students use a small round brush to insure  success with these details.

Rock Painting Lesson

5. Don’t forget the tail!

We hope you enjoy this art lesson! We’d love to see your student or child’s artwork!  Tag us on social media #GreatArtStartsHere

To download the Home For Bunny Rock Painting Lesson in a PDF file, click here.

Rock Painting Lesson

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