vrijdag 13 mei 2016

Patterned peacock

Artworks made by students of grade 4

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. color pencils
  3. markers
  4. colored construction paper
  5. glue
Draw a small peacock on the bottom of the white sheet. Draw lines from peacock to the sides and top of the sheet. Color patterns with color pencils or markers or a combination of them. Outline peacock and 'feathers' with a black marker.
Cut the peacock (look at the pictures) and paste it on a colored sheet.

donderdag 12 mei 2016

Fruit in complementary colors

You need:
  1. white sheets 20 by 20 cm
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. oilpastels
  5. watercolor paint
  6. brushes
  7. jar with water

This lesson is originally from Miriam Paternoster's fantastic art lesson website: Arteascuola. 
Follow the link for a description of this lesson and be sure to look around there for more great art lessons!

By students of grade 4

vrijdag 29 april 2016

Birdies on a branch

Made by a student of grade 1

You need:
  1. liquid water color paint
  2. brushes
  3. crayons
  4. white sheet
  5. feathers
  6. glue
Draw a branch with some birdies on it. Their eyes should be big and white! Color the birds with crayons using bright colors. Paint the branch and background with water color paint. Let dry. Draw feet and paste feathers. 

maandag 11 april 2016

Funny houses like James Rizzi

Made by Kalen, grade 4

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. crayons 
  3. liquid watercolor paint
  4. brushes
  5. jars with water 
James Rizzi was born in 1950 in Brooklyn. He studied art in Florida, where he started experimenting with printing, painting and sculpting. Rizzi’s work often shows his birthplace New York. His paintings look sometimes childishly naive, with the bright colors and brilliant gaiety. In the art press Rizzi is often described as "Urban Primitive Artist '. Rizzi himself says he is influenced by Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet.

Made bij Jade, grade 4

Show some paintings of Rizzi and discuss the characteristics:
  • bright colours
  • no gradations within colours
  • evertything is outlined with black
  • houses have human faces/characteristics
  • the artwork is full and busy
  • background is full too
Students use a dark color crayon to draw a house in Rizzi style, a house with human characteristics like hair, mouth, eyes etc. 
Paint with liquid water color paint.

vrijdag 8 april 2016

The sky is the limit

Golden Gate Bridge, made by Elize, grade 6

You need:
  1. grey paper A4 size
  2. white and black pencils
  3. pictures of famous skylines
During a visit to the Museum in The Hague, I saw an artwork that Escher had made on gray paper. The only colours he had used were black and white. Together with the gray, you do have a lot of colours at your disposal. The Escher drawing I saw then, was the inspiration for this lesson.

Show photos of some famous skylines. Discuss skylines, skyscrapers and remarkable buildings. Ask children to search a skyline on the internet. Print this in black and white and then copy it so you can see the shadows of the buildings (settings light - dark on copyer). Students draw with just white and black pencil on the grey sheet.

Sydney skyline by Adnan, grade 6

vrijdag 11 maart 2016

Printing African animals

You need:
  1. styrofoam
  2. pencil
  3. block printing ink
  4. paint roller
  5. flat piece of plexiglass
  6. coloured paper
Explain the principle of printing. Why is it that people started to print texts and pictures?

Draw an African animal with a pencil on the styrofoam. Press to get a print in the foam. Squeeze out “toothpaste” amount of ink on plexiglass. Roll ink out. The ink is ready when lines appear. Ink should look wet.
Put the styrofoam on a newspaper. Roll one colour ink onto the foam, working quickly to cover all areas. Lay a sheet on top of foam and press with a flat hand. Take away the sheet and your print is ready. Let dry and cut it with about 1 cm around. Paste one or more prints on a white sheet. 

All artworks made by students of grade 6

maandag 7 maart 2016

Bogolan - African mudcloths

Made by two students of grade 6

You need:

  1. black construction paper
  2. tempera paint in brown, white and gold
  3. brushes
Bogolan means: made from mud. A bogolan is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture. The cloths is nowadays being exported wordwide for use in fashion, fine art and decoration. 

Show this educational movie about bogolans. After this, show some pictures of bogolans and discuss colours, patterns and symbols. 

Students have to word in pairs this lesson. Two students get their own black sheet, but have to make one bogolan together - the sheets will be stuck together when finished. So they have to come to agreeements about colours, patterns and symbols. 

woensdag 27 januari 2016

Valentine in the style of Robert Indiana

Made by a student of grade 2

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. water colour paint
  3. brushes
  4. fine black marker
A lesson about the famous LOVE sculpture of Robert Indiana. I used the Dutch word LIEF (meaning Nice, or I like you) 
Fold the sheet in four squares. Draw hearts in each part. Draw fat letters on the foreground. Fill letters and hearts with patterns and paint with water colour paint. Outline with fine black marker. 

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zaterdag 12 december 2015

Made by a student of grade 6
You need:
  1. green, red or black construction paper  25 by 25 cm
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. gold or silver marker
  5. red or green marker
Students divide their sheet with ruler and pencil in 25 squares from 5 by 5 cm. In each square they draw a Christmas figure: tree, candy, snowman, skates, mitten, sock, candle etc. These figures have to be coloured , just like a checkerboard: alternately the background is gold/silver or the figure is gold/silver.

zondag 12 juli 2015


Made by a student of grade 5
You need:
  • water colour paint
  • drawing sheet 25 x 25 cm
  • brush
  • white crayon
  • jarswith water
Dras six popsicles with a white crayon on a white sheet. Paint them with watercolour paint. Paint the background blue, leaving an edge from about 2 cm white.

maandag 13 april 2015

Still life fruit

Made by a student of grade 4

You need:
  1. acrylic paint 
  2. canvas
  3. brushes
  4. bowl with fruit
Talk about still life paintings and show some artworks from famous still life painters. 
Tell students it's all about composition and colour. 
Place a bowl filled with fruit on a table. Students paint this bowl on their canvas. 

zondag 12 april 2015


Made by a student of grade 3
You need:
  1. veggies
  2. white drawing sheet
  3. liquid watercolour paint
  4. crayons
  5. indian ink
  6. brushes
  7. jar with water
Talk about veggies and why we all have to eat them. Show several veggies.

Use crayons to draw several veggies on your sheet. No overlapping.  Just draw the outlines, don't colour them with crayons.
Colour with liquid watercolour paint. Use two colours to make the paint bleed.
Paint the background dark grey with dilluted indian ink.

zondag 14 december 2014

Wooden Xmas trees

Made by students of grade 3

You need:

  1. wood
  2. coloured sheet
  3. Christmas decorations
  4. saw
  5. thumbtacks

zaterdag 13 december 2014

Christmas trees in the snow

By students of grade 2

You need:
  1. large drawing sheets 
  2. liquid watercolour green and red 
  3. oilpastel crayons 
  4. brushes
Draw a wavy line, the ground. Draw several christmas trees. Simple triangles are okay, this lesson is about overlap - not all the trees next to each other. Decorate the trees with balls and garlands and draw presents under the trees. Colour with oil pastels. Use white oilpastel for snowflakes.
Paint with liquid watercolor, the ground has to stay white.

donderdag 11 december 2014

Rudolph with his red nose

All credits for this great lesson and a full step by step instruction on ArtVenturous. I made these cute Rudolphs last year with my grade 1 students.

woensdag 10 december 2014

Little lights for gray days

You need:
  1. grey sheets 
  2. black fine marker 
  3. chalk pastels
Draw a wavy line on the sheet. Draw little circles or ovals and color them with pastels. Wipe the chalk out slightly for a nice halo.

Made by students of grade 1

dinsdag 28 oktober 2014

Halloween cat and window

Made by a student of grade 4
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. liquid water colour paint 
  3. brush
  4. black construction paper 
  5. cutting knife and mat
  6. glue
  7. black marker 
  8. white chalk pastel
  9. carbon paper
  10. pattern
Paint a white sheet with yellow and orange liquid water colour paint. Enlarge the pattern and trace it on the black sheet using carbon paper. Put a cross in the parts that have to been cut. Cut the pattern and paste it on the coloured sheet.
Draw Halloween details with black marker. Use the white chalk pastel for details on the black paper. 

Source: halloweenwitchesflyinmachine.blogspot.nl/

woensdag 3 september 2014

Giraffes can't dance

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. soft pastel
  3. oilpastel
  4. scissors
  5. glue
Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Junge Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ... or can they?

This lesson can be used by the book  'Giraffes can't dance' by Giles Andeae and Guy Parker-Rees.

Read the book of Gerald the Giraffe. After this children draw a giraffe that's trying to dance. Colour with oilpastels. Colour a background with soft pastel. Cut the giraffe and paste it on the background.

Made by students of grade 1 and 2. 

zondag 31 augustus 2014

Buzzzzzing bees

Made by a student of grade 2.

You need:
  1. bubblewrap
  2. paint roller
  3. drawing sheet 
  4. yellow and brown tempera 
  5. yellow pencil
  6. fine black marker 
Roll a piece of bubble wrap in with yellow paint and print it. Let dry.
Make fingerprints in brown paint and let dry.
Draw lines with yellow pencil on the body of the bee.
Draw wings and legs with black fine liner.

donderdag 5 juni 2014

Flowers in front of the windows

You need:
  1. coloured construction paper  
  2. tin foil (cut in pieces before lesson starts)
  3. strips of white paper, 2 cm 
  4. black  construction paper 
  5. white drawing sheets 
  6. tempera paint
  7. brushes
  8. scissors
  9. glue 

This lesson is about the flower pots you'll see in spring and summer.
The students get a large piece of oloured construction paper  for the background. Paste the window in the middle of it, with the white strips on it as a inner frame. Cut a pot from black paper. Draw and paint flowers on the white sheet. Cut them after drying with an edge of 1 cm. Paste them in front of the window. Paste the pot on the flowers. Decorate the pot with paint.

Source: Pinterest.