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Animal Arts

Updated on January 8, 2013

Welcome To The Animal Arts Gallery

Did you know that scientists started teaching animals to paint and draw more than fifty years ago? Did you know that some animals "sign" their work with a foot or hand print? Some of the most unique works of art are not done by man, but by animals. This site is built to inform and entertain those who enjoy works of art by our friends in the animal kingdom.

A One Horse Show . . .

This artist brings a new meaning to the term 'one horse show'. Meet Cholla:  Artist Is A Horse

Animal Artists Paint for Food and Fun

Do you sometimes get a reward when you do a good job at work, school, or home? In 2006 a sea lion named Maggie made news when her care giver began giving her fish to teach her to paint. For every stroke Maggie painted, she got a fish. Maggie was an eleven year old sea lion living in the Pittsburgh Zoo. Her trainer, Phares wanted to challenge the smart animal, and realized she had a talent for painting. She said it took about three months to train Maggie to go from holding the paint brush in her mouth to putting paint on canvas.

Other animals are getting into the arts, too, with proceeds going to charitable causes.

Animal Artist Galleries

Below are links to more animal art galleries.

Martial Arts Monkey

Here's to the art of real gorilla warfare. . . .

Cat Artists . . .

Does your feline have an artistic paw? One cat paints a picture, and with help of a Kitty Casso Kit, another cat creates art in a different way.

The Painting Dog

Animal Artists Create New Zoo Revenues

Suburban Chicago News - Herald News Lifestyles

Brittany wields her paintbrush with confidence, slapping it roughly against the canvas to produce streaks of green or smears of orange. With apparent pride, she steps back, inspects her work -- and extends her trunk to receive a freshly loaded paintbrush.

Brittany, an African elephant, is doing her small part to pay her way at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Her artwork is sold at the zoo's gift shop to raise funds.

This painting pachyderm is far from the only artistic animal in captivity. For years zoos and aquariums across the country have encouraged animals to paint as a way to keep the penned-up denizens mentally enriched. Typically, the paintings were discarded or set aside.

But officials have recently discovered that animal lovers are willing to pay hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars for the creatures' creations, prompting zoos across the country to study whether their animal artists might be an untapped source of revenue.

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Animal Artists . . .

You are welcome to sign the Animal Arts guest book to show your support. Thank you for stopping by.

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    • Stacy Birch profile image

      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      Wow, cool stuff.

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      9 years ago

      I surely can appreciate the originality of animal arts! Bravo.

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      The world of art is truly limitless!

    • Aquavel profile image


      10 years ago

      Fun lens! There are a few vids on singing dogs out there too if you want to branch out in the arts. And I have a couple of dogs that are great actors - one in particular - especially at meal time. (One would think he was starving on the streets of India from his sounds and mannerisms.)

    • delia-delia profile image


      10 years ago

      very cool lens! .....5*

    • Stinky LM profile image

      Stinky LM 

      10 years ago

      What fun! Great videos.

      Thanks for making us smile.


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