Picasso Cows

Picasso Cows

Picasso Cows is a FREE curriculum program run by Dairy Australia, which encourages teachers to educate primary school-aged children about the Australian dairy industry and the health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods as part of a balanced diet.

School children with painted fibre-glass cow


Schools involved in the Picasso Cows program are provided with a blank, life size fibre glass cow to design and paint in one of three allocated dairy related themes – Unbeatable Bones, Fuel for Life or Farm to Plate. As part of the program schools must also complete a class learning journal that documents their program learnings from start to finish. A winning school is then selected from each participating region and awarded a cash prize.

The program has been written in accordance with the Australian curriculum and is supported by a selection of resources for teachers in the form of hard copy materials and online resources from Dairy Australia’s Discover Dairy website. The program is highly interactive and motivational and caters for many different learning styles. It also delivers strong knowledge increases amongst students in relation to the health benefits of dairy foods and the importance of the Australian dairy industry.

Each year a select number of regions across Australia are chosen to take part in the program. This allows for each school to have the maximum support from Dairy Australia’s Program Manager throughout the year and for key program events such as presentation days to deliver the best outcomes for all involved.

At the end of 2013, the Picasso Cows program has been run in over 500 schools, reaching over 80,000 students across Australia.

For further information on how the program works, view the Picasso Cows curriculum guide.

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Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cows Make-Over program is a new initiative in 2014. Designed to re-engage schools previously involved in Picasso Cows, new students are introduced to the program by freshly painting over their existing Picasso Cow in one of the three dairy-related themes. A competition runs at state and national level, with a chance to win cash prizes.

Like Picasso Cows, the make-over program is a FREE curriculum based program, assisting primary school teachers in telling the Australian dairy industry story. It has been written in accordance with the Australian Curriculum and is supported by a selection of resources for teachers with extensive curriculum links designed to complement teacher programming.

For further information on how the program works, view the Picasso Cows Make-Over curriculum guide.

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The Picasso Cows and Picasso Cows Make-Over programs have the following links to the Australian Curriculum:


Strand: Design and technologies knowledge and understandings

Year 3 and 4: Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

Year 5 and 6: Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments (ACTDEK021)

Health & PE

Strand: Personal, social and community health

Year 3 and 4: Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)

Year 5 and 6: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)

The Arts

Strand: Visual Arts

Year 3 and 4: Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)

Year 5 and 6: Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)


Send expressions of interest for participation in the Picasso Cows program, including your school email address to:

Deanne Kennedy & John Hutchison
Jaydee Events

Tel: 03 5659 4219