FREE: ANZAC Day – The Last Post
Commemorate ANZAC Day with this special artwork.
Easy Peasy Level:
- Significant Events: ANZAC Day
- Drawing / painting techniques
In ANZAC ceremonies across Australia and New Zealand you would normally hear a lone bugler playing the Last Post, a tune that signals the end of the day or that a soldier has been laid to rest.
In this artwork, we create scene of a WW1 soldier playing his bugle in remembrance of his fellow soldiers who have lost their lives.
Lest We Forget.
You will need:
- White paper (If you are using markers or pencils use a smaller piece, if you are painting, create a giant poster size!)
- Black permanent marker, black marker or pencil.
- Your choice of coloured paints, crayons, pencils or markers (textas) to create the background.
- Newspaper or table covers to protect your work space.
Easy Peasy Tips:
- This artwork could be completed with either black marker or black oil pastel /crayon. If you choose the markers, think about using a smaller piece of paper so that you don’t use too much of your markers when colouring.
- Black markers will allow more detail but they can also be expensive.
- A ‘permanent’ marker is great to use but be careful as they will ‘bleed’ through the page. Make sure you put something underneath your work.
- If you use oil pastel / crayon, use a large sheet of paper so that adding detail is easier.
- A silhouette is created when there is a bright light behind an object. We often see silhouettes at sunrise or sunset. They’re great to draw because you don’t need to worry about too much detail.
For The Parent / Teacher:
- Play the Last Post for the students so that they have an understanding of what the bugler is playing.
- Show the students suitable online images of the WW1 battlefields. Discuss what they can see and what it would have been like for the soldiers.
- For a more creative and student driven activity, show the students the completed artwork and ask them to create their own version of it. They can choose what to include in the silhouetted landscape.
Creating Your Artwork:
Place your paper portrait style.
- The first step in our artwork is to create the background. Imagine that there is a beautiful sunset on the battlefield. Your first task is to create the sky. You might notice that we’ve filled almost the whole page. You could paint it using different types of paints. You could colour it with markers, pencils or crayons. Don’t forget to let it dry before beginning your drawing.
- In the bottom 1/4 of the page draw and colour the ground as shown. Imagine a big bomb crater on the battlefield.
- On the left side of the page, draw the legs as shown. The top of the legs should finish in about the middle of the page.
- In the next 1/4 of the page, draw a large arch shape. This arch should be a little wider than the legs, have straight sides and be on a little bit of an angle so it looks like the bugler is leaning backwards as he plays.
- Now begin drawing the head. Imagine a balloon shape. Be careful not to make the head too big or small.
- To draw the soldier’s slouch hat, 1/2 way down the head, draw a wide line on an angle across the head. Then draw a wide frown shaped line on top, just lower than the top of the head.
- On the front of the face, carefully add the shape of the nose and chin as shown to complete the face. Think of it being a little like the letter M.
- Now add an arm and hand to your soldier as shown. A good point to start is at the top of the shoulder with a horizontal line for the top of his arm. The hand should be just higher than the mouth.
- Colour your soldier black to create a silhouette. To begin drawing the bugle, draw a straight line from the mouth to the hand. Then use the pictures as shown to draw the rest of the bugle.
- In this artwork we use perspective. That means objects get smaller as they disappear off into the distance. In this step, we draw 3 crosses to represent fallen soldiers. An odd number always looks best. Draw them different sizes or heights to create interest. We then add 3 fence posts that disappear over the hill. It’s okay to make them a little wonky as they would have been made with whatever the soldiers could find.
- Now add the barbed wire. Draw lines that start together on the small post but get wider apart as they get closer to the left of the page. This helps to show the perspective. Perspective is a trick artists use to create depth in their artworks. Then add x’s to your lines to make them look like barbed wire. Just remember that the x’s get smaller and closer together as they go off into the distance.
Your artwork is now complete!
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?
If you enjoyed completing this artwork, why not try creating another ANZAC Day inspired artwork? What about a field of red poppies? This would also be a great artwork to display on ANZAC Day to show your respect.