maandag 5 april 2010

Daydream land!

By Kim and Carlos, 11 years old
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A3 size
  2. colour markers
  3. chalk pastel
  4. hairspray
  5. paper strips in the colour of the window frame

A familiar picture for the teacher: you do your best to teach an interesting lesson, while the students stare dreaming out the window. What they see might not be so interesting: a street where every now and again a car passes or some boring buildings. Use your imagination! What would you like to see when you look out the school window? What does your daydream land look like? Do you see flying pigs? Are there popstars waving at you? Is there an airplane flying through the streets? Draw it! Colour your drawing with markers and outline it with a fine black marker. Colour the background with chalk pastel and fix it with hairspray. Cut strips in the colours of the window frames of the school and paste them on your drawing. Hello, daydreamland!

zondag 4 april 2010

Decorated snake

Made by Kim, 11 years old

You need:
  1. coloured paper A4 size
  2. black construction paper
  3. tempera paint
  4. nails with different sized heads
  5. paper towel
  6. scissors
  7. glue

Draw a snake on black paper and cut it out. Cut this snake in pieces, making straight or curved lines. Lay each cut piece directly on your background, in order not to lose a piece. Glue all the pieces one by one on the background with a millimeter space between them. Pour tempera paint on saucers and dip the head of a nail in the paint. Stamp dots, following the snake, in the colours you like. Use different sized nails if you like.

zaterdag 3 april 2010

The most beautiful fish in the sea

By children of 7-8 years old

You need:

  1. white cardboard A1 size
  2. tempera paint in blue, white and green
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
  5. salt
  6. markers
  7. picture of the rainbow fish
  8. scissors
  9. glue

The book 'Rainbow Fish' is translated in Dutch as 'The most beautiful fish in the sea'. That's why I called this lesson this way.

Ask two or three children to paint the background for this group project. In this project the backgrounds are painted by children of 12 years old. Paint one or two A1 sized sheets with diluted tempera paint in several colours blue and green. Sprinkle salt on it when the paint is still wet. Let dry. Staple the two sheets together.

Read or tell the story of the Rainbow Fish, written by Marcus Pfister. The story tells of a fish with shiny, multi-colored scales. He is always fond of his scales. But one day, a small fish asks him if he could have one. Rainbow Fish refuses in a very rude way. The other fish are really upset about his behaviour and don't want anymore to play with him. Feeling upset, his only friend left, the starfish, tells him to go visit the mysterious octopus for advice. Rainbow Fish finds the octopus and asks what he should do. The octopus tells him that he should share the beauty of his scales with his friends. When he encounters the small fish a second time, the Rainbow Fish gives him one of his precious scales. Seeing the joy of this little fish, Rainbow Fish feels immediately much better. Very soon Rainbow Fish is surrounded by other fish requesting scales and he gives to each of them one of his shiny scales.

Children get a copy of the Rainbow Fish; of course children can draw their own fishe too. After drawing scales in it, they have to colour their fish with markers. Tell them to leave one scale white: Rainbow Fish will give his scale, a beautiful glittered one.

Cut the fish. Paste all fishes on the blue painted cardboard.

vrijdag 2 april 2010

Seeking the name

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. pencil
  3. colour pencils or markers
  4. black fine marker
With this project kids learn about radial design as well as symmetry. First fold the paper so you have eight equal triangles. Then write your name in bubble letters inside one triangle. Be sure to touch the top and bottom of the triangle. Outline the name with a black marker. Go to the window and trace the name with pencil in the seven resting sections. Outline the names with black marker. Colour the letters and spaces between them. You can do this in different ways: the letters with colour markers and the negative spaces with colour pencils (see example below), or negative and positive spaces both with markers (see example above). When ready, you've made an incredible symmetrical design! Seeing the name inside the drawing is very difficult ... you have to seek it!

Made by Danjel, 12 years old

woensdag 31 maart 2010

What do you see in the sea?

Made by Romyo, 7 years old

You need:
  1. light blue drawing sheet A4 size
  2. crayons
  3. liquid watercolour
  4. brushes
  5. white paper for background

What animals do live in the sea? There's more then fishes: sea turtles, whales, crabs, starfish, coral etc. All children get a light blue drawing sheet. They have to draw sea animals with crayons. When the drawing is ready, the whole sheet has to be painted with dark blue liquid watercolour. Crayon will resist. The light blue drawing paper and dark blue watercolour will make a beautiful deep blue sea. After drying you can paste the artwork on a white background.

dinsdag 30 maart 2010

Patterned chicken

  1. white drawing sheet
  2. piece of cardboard
  3. black fine marker
  4. red marker
  5. scissors and glue
Cut a piece of cardboard from 7 by 7 cm. Draw a chicken and cut it out. Draw six squares (or less or more) on the drawing sheet from 7 by 7 cm.

Trace the chicken within the six squares. Colour the chicken, wing and background with patterns in black. Colour the beak and comb with red. Paste the chickens on a red background and decorate the edges with white eggs.

zaterdag 27 maart 2010

From bone to bone

Made by Felix, 11 years old

You need:
  1. black construction paper
  2. white drawing paper A4 size
  3. white and black tempera
  4. brushes
  5. pictures of animal skeletons
  6. black fine marker

The children search the Internet for a picture of a skeleton of an animal. It has to be an image in which the various components are to be seen. The higher the resolution, the larger the picture is and clearer it will be. Print this pictures. Then the students search the Latin name of the animal and write it down.

Children draw the skeleton of the animal with a pencil on black paper. This requires them to study the skeleton carefully. Then the individual elements of the skeleton have to be painted with undiluted white paint and a small brush. Any errors can be corrected later with black paint. The Latin name next to it (with brush, or if this is to difficult with a white pencil), will make the artwork complete.

Paste the black sheet on a white background and let the students decorate the edges, for example with bones or footsteps.

Made by Tanita, 11 years old


Made by Luuk, 8 years old

You need:

  1. blue construction paper A4 size
  2. white tissue paper A4 size
  3. tissue paper in different colours
  4. scissors
  5. glue

Fold the construction paper double and cut a rectangle out of the middle, leaving a frame from about an inch wide. Paste the white tissue paper on the frame. Gut fishes and waterplants from coloured tissuepaper and paste them in the aquarium. Hang the aquarium in the window.

vrijdag 26 maart 2010

Weather proverb on a tile

Made by students of grade 6
You need:
  1. white tile 15 by 15 cm
  2. china markers
  3. drawing sheet 15 by 15 cm
  4. pencil
  5. paper towel
During our school project about water and weather, children made their own tile with a Dutch proverb on it. The proverb had to be about water, of course. After making a concept on a drawing sheet, students wrote their proverb on a white tile with china markers. They added decorations with china markers too.

donderdag 25 maart 2010

Easter bunny window

You need:

  1. cardboard A4 size
  2. carbon paper
  3. cutter
  4. cutting mat
  5. glue
  6. tissue paper
  7. pattern (download)

Use carbon paper to copy the pattern on the cardboard. Cut the grey parts away. Paste tissue paper on the backside. Hang your bunny in the window.

dinsdag 23 maart 2010

April showers will bring us flowers

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. water colour paint
  3. ruler
  4. white crayon or oil pastel
  5. paint brush
  6. water
Characteristicly Dutch weather in spring is a weather type with showers, alternated with sunny periods. Those typical spring showers are called 'Maartse buien' (March Showers) in Holland, while English meteorologists speak about 'April showers who bring us flowers'. In this lesson children will draw typical spring flowers (tulips, daffodils etc.) during a rain shower.
Sketch some spring flowers on a white sheet. Make sure your lines are extremely thin. Use your ruler to draw white crayon lines with about one centimeter between them. Make sure your crayon has a sharp point. Paint your drawing with watercolour paint. Use a lot of water to make bright colours. The crayon will resist the water paint, so your shower will be very clear!

zaterdag 20 maart 2010


Made by a student of 7 years old

You need:

  1. colouring page of umbrella
  2. tempera paint in blue, white and brown
  3. brushes
  4. black marker
  5. scissors
A good exercise in mixing colors, this umbrella. Show children how to make different colours blue by mixing blue and white. Learn them to start with white and than add blue and more blue. Paint every part of the umbrella in a different colour blue. Paint the handle brown. Outline the different parts with a black marker. Cut out the umbrella.

Bottle of water label design

You need:

  1. water bottle
  2. printed label
  3. markers
  4. glue

During a water project on our school we designed labels for bottles of water. Show children labels of bottles of water and discuss about function and layout. What is on the label: name, logo, barcode, content and often something about how healthy this water is. After this students designed their own label for a bottle of water. Paste the labels on an empty bottle.

Made by children from 10-11 years old

donderdag 18 maart 2010

Chickens in the style of Andy Warhol

You need:

  1. white drawing paper 21 by 14 cm
  2. markers
  3. piece of cardboard
  4. scissors
  5. pencil

Tell about Andy Warhol and show some of his work. Divide the sheet in six rectangles from 7 by 7 cm. Draw a chicken on the cardboard and cut it out. Trace the chicken six times. Colour the parts of the chicken and the backgrounds with markers in bright colours. Outline the chickens and the parts of them with a fine black marker. Draw the legs.

dinsdag 16 maart 2010

Easter bunny

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. template for easter egg
Scetch an Easter bunny in the middle of the sheet. Cut an egg out of a piece of cardboard. Trace this egg so many times on your drawing sheet - also over the bunny - till it's competely full. Overlapping is required. Colour the bunny parts in warm colours, the background in cool colours.

zondag 14 maart 2010

A plumber's nightmare

Made by Sander, 12 years old

You need:

  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. pencil
  4. fine black marker
  5. coloured paper for background

Talk about the work of the plumber. View the pipes under a sink: how are the pipes connected, how are curves made? Talk about the horrible things a plumber may encounter: leaking pipes, filthy creatures, smelly sludge. Imagine with the class on a sewer pipe system which is inhabited by creepy creatures.

How do you draw a pipe? How can you show that a pipe is round? Where is the light part and where are the shadows? Show this on the blackboard. Children draw 'A plumber's nightmare' according to their own imagination. Leave the pipes white, make shadows with pencil lines. Outline evertything with a fine black marker. These drawing can also be done by a group. This requires the students to make agreements on connecting the pipes at each drawing.

zaterdag 13 maart 2010

It's raining cats and dogs

Made by students of 11-12 years old

You need:

  1. two pieces of cardboard A1 size
  2. tempera paint
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
  5. white oil pastel
  6. white drawing sheets A5 size
  7. markers
  8. scissors
  9. glue
Ask two or three students to make the background for this artwork. Draw on the cardboard raindrops with white oil pastel. Dilute blue tempera paint with lots of water and paint the cardboard. The oil pastel will resist the paint. Paste the sheets to each other on the short side. The other children draw one or more falling cats or dogs with umbrella's and colour them with bright colours. Cut all animals and paste them on the cardboard. It's raining cats and dogs!

Drawing with scissors, like Matisse

Mady by Evelina, 11 years old

You need:
  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. coloured paper
  3. white sheet
  4. scissors and glue
Henri Matisse was the most important French painter of the 20th century, rivaling Picasso in his influence. His background was diverse. He studied under Bouguereau and Gustave Moreau and experimented with pointillism, which he found rigidly confining. Later, building on the work of C├ęzanne and Gauguin, he and Andre Derain developed Fauvism, a much freer and more expressive style of painting which was in fact the forerunner of expressionism. In the last years of his life Matisse can't paint anymore, and he focuses on cutting out shapes from painted paper. Show some works by Matisse zien, especially his cutting works, and discuss them. Tje artwork for this lesson is 'Polynesie la mer', a underwater scene in white, light and dark blue. What do you see in this artwork? What shapes have been used? Show the organic shapes. Are there any geometric shapes? Look at the white framework, as part of the artwork. What kind of shapes do you see? Why did Matisse choose these shapes? Distribute the supplies. Every child gets a white sheet of drawing paper, tho halves of coloured paper in the colours they choose and a white sheet of copy paper. Divide the coloured paper in four pieces, cut them and paste them on the white drawing sheet. Fold the copy paper and cut a frame with organic shapes. Cut water animals and plants out of the rest of the copy paper. Do'n draw first, cut directly. Arrange the several parts on your coloured sheet and paste them. Paste the frame carefully.

Made by students from 10-11 years old

donderdag 11 maart 2010

Flowers in fingerpaint

You need:

  1. tempera paint
  2. saucers
  3. white drawing sheet A2 size cut in three
  4. coloured paper for background
  5. green crepe paper
  6. scissors
  7. glue
Give all students a saucer with tempera paint in blue, yellow, red and white. Let them experiment with mixing colours with their fingers. Show them that if they mix to many colours together, they'll get aa kind of brown. Mix blue and yellow to show this makes green. Show them to make colours lighter using white. Children can practice this on a scratch sheet.

Every child gets a strip white drawing paper (A2 size, cut lengthwise in three parts). Fingerpaint your own flower. Realistic or not, it's all right. The only restriction: the stalk and leaves must be green. The flower should be as high as the sheet.

Cut the flower leaving a white edge from about 0,5 cm. Paste all flowers on a coloured background. Cut a strip of grass from crepe paper and paste this in front of the flowers.

dinsdag 9 maart 2010

Calico cat

Made by students from 10-11 years old

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. pencil
  3. fine black marker or indian ink
  4. coloured paper for background
  5. glue
  6. scissors
Children look at pictures of cats and then draw a cat with pencil; sitting or lying. After this the cat has to be divided in sections. Not just at random, but taking into account the recognizable parts of the body. The tail is a section, and so is the leg or the thigh. Take a fine marker or indian ink and trace the outlines. After this every section gets its own texture. The texture has to be as the cat himself: curved lines instead of crooked lines. The head of the cat is mostly white, to make sure eyes and whiskers stand out. When the drawing is ready, it has to be cut out and pasted on a background.

maandag 8 maart 2010

Poem about the sea

Dutch children wrote poems about the sea: Poet near the sea. A jury has selected forty poems. These poems are printed on signs and placed along the coast of the Netherlands. From north to south, you may see them. This lesson is based on that idea. You need:

  1. drawing paper A4 size, cut lengthwise
  2. watercolour paint
  3. brushes
  4. salt
  5. black permanent fine marker
  6. glue
  7. coloured paper for background
Paint a white sheet with watercolour paint in sea colours. Sprinkle salt in the wet paint. Let this work dry and wipe the salt away. Write a poem about the sea. Tear the painted paper in wavy strips; keep the sheet between your fingers and tear in small 'steps'. Write on every strip one sentence of your poem. Paste the waves on a blue background and decorate your work with small drawings.

vrijdag 5 maart 2010

What's for supper tonight?

Made by Lotte, 10 years old

You need:
  1. drawing paper A3 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. tempera and brushes
  4. or coloured paper and glue

Talk about food. What do you like most? What is healthy food? Why do we have to eat vegetables and fruit? What about burgers and fries? Talk about china and cutlery and how a table has to be set.

Draw the meal you like most. Draw everything from above; so a glass is just a circle. Draw your plate with food, a saucer, a glass, knive, spoon, fork and colour everything with colour pencil. Then cut out all parts. Paint a sheet with a pattern and colours that fits to your china; your placemat. You may also use coloured paper and glue to decorate your placemat. When your placemat is ready, paste all cut-out parts on it.

Made by children from 10-11 years old

woensdag 3 maart 2010

A field full of daisies

Made by Annika, 10 years old

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A3 size
  2. tempera paint in blue, green, white, yellow and red
  3. egg boxes or saucers
  4. brushes
  5. jars with water
  6. newspapers
  7. paper towels
  8. coloured paper for background
Daisies (bellis perennis) are, until it freezes, found in lawns. View pictures of daisies and discuss what they look like. Children start to paint the grass. They have to make their own green colours by mixing blue, white and yellow. Paint the entire sheet with small vertical strokes.

When the grass is dry, the daisies can be painted. For on the field daisies are larger bigger then further away. Use a small brush and a lot of paint, to make sure the green grass is really covered with the white paint of the flower. Use a different colour green for the stalks or take the unmixed colour green directly from the bottle. Paint the hearts of the flowers with big yellow blobs.
Paste the artwork after drying on a matching background after drying.

Made by children from 9-12 years old

dinsdag 2 maart 2010


Inchies are small matching artworks that make one artwork together. The name is derived from the original size of the inchie, one inch (2.54 cm). By choosing a theme, a material or a colour, you ensure that your inchies match nicely together. Inchies can also be used to learn certain skills, like embroidery or sew on a button. Variatons are endless.
The base is an MDF board or canvas on a frame. The inchies are cut (measure carefully) from a shoebox lid or other cardboard and then covered with coloured paper or fabric. Little things have to be pasted or sewn on these squares.The inchies are pasted on the background with double-sided tape.
Of course those squares don't really have to be an inch. Let the size depend from the size of the background. All examples in this lesson are made on a canvas frame from 20 by 20 cm with squares from 4 by 4 cm.

This artwork is made on a canvas frame. It is covered with white wallpaper. The squares are covered with different kinds of wallpaper too (ask for a pattern book in the wallpaper store). Different things in matching coloures are pasted on the inchies.

On the artwork above you'll see inchies that are covered with different materials: wallpaper, lunchbag paper, embroidery linen, rope and teddybear fabric. Skills that are practiced: embroidery, sewing a button and wire wrapping.

This artwork's theme is 'shells'. The variation lies in the background here: ribbed cardboard, painted sandpaper, plastic, wrinkled paper, fleece line etc. A list of things you need isn't easy to give! Ask children to take things from home to paste or sew on their inchies. Ask a patternbook in a wallpaper store for nice backgrounds.
Basic supplies:
  1. mdf board or canvas frame
  2. shoebox lid or some other cardboard
  3. ruler and pencil
  4. scissors and glue
  5. several sorts of paper and/or fabric
  6. doublesided tape
  7. decoration supplies
  8. needle and thread
By letting kids make one or more inchies in a specific theme or colour, you'll make a terrific group work!

maandag 1 maart 2010

Marvelous Medusa?

You need:
  1. black construction paper A3 size
  2. tempera paint in blue, green, black and white
  3. brushes
  4. jars with water
  5. paper towels
  6. paper towels and newspapers
Medusa is a woman from Greek mythology. She used to be a beautiful woman. She lived in a country where to her sorrow the sun never shone. Medusa begged goddess Athena to be allowed to move to a sunny region. When this was refused by Athena, Medusa humiliated the goddess. Medusa told everywhere that Athena would not let her go, because otherwise no one would pay attention anymore to the beauty of Athena. In another version of the myth Medusa would have made Athena mad because she kissed Poseidon in Athena's temple. The enraged Athena took revenge by changing Medusa's beautiful hair into a nest of snakes. Atrhena also ensured that everyone who looked at Medusa Medusa would freeze immediately . Finally Medusa is killed and decapitated by Perseus, with help from Athena. From Medusa's blood the winged horse Pegasos and a giant are born. After this Medusa's head is offered by Perseus to Athena. Athena put the head on her shield to freeze her enemies.

This myth is the basis for this drawing lesson: draw Medusa's head with snake hair in cold colours. Every child gets a black sheet and four colours tempera paint: blue, green, black and white. After scetching the head (not too many details) and the snakes, the drawing has to be painted in cool colours. Mixing colours is required. Tell the students how to mix the colours: bright colours are created by mixing a few drops of dark paint into light paint, and not the other way.

All artworks are made by children from 10-11 years old

zondag 28 februari 2010

Easter Island

You need:
  1. drawing paper A4 size
  2. charcoal
  3. black construction paper
Easter Island is a volcanic island in the Great Ocean and belongs to Chile. It has been discovered by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday in 1722. Easter Island is famous for its large statues, the moai. These statues are till 10 m high and made of soft volcanic rock (tuff). The makers were the ancestors of many of the current island inhabitants. The whole island since 1995 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Start this lesson by telling about Easter Island and looking at pictures. Tell about the statues and the meaning of them (Wikipedia). Ask children to draw their own Easter Island. Show them how to make shadows in their drawing, to give a statue depth.Paste the works on a black background.

woensdag 24 februari 2010

Spotted fish

You need:
  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. coloured paper for background
Tropical fish are beautiful fish with often bright colors. The live in warm seas with coral reefs to shelter. Show pictures of tropical fish and discuss the anatomy of the fish (gills, fins). Point out the bright colours and sometimes strange shapes of the fish. Students scetch a fish on their sheet with pencil. Behind the fish they scetch waves. Sketch as thin as possible, so the pencil lines won't show through the colours later. Both the fish and the waves must be coloured with 'spots', drop-like shapes that accentuate the water. About a half cm between the spots should remain white. Colour the waves with different colours blue and green. Colour the spotted fish with warm colours.
Made by children from 11-12 years old

donderdag 18 februari 2010

In the style of Thierry Noir

You need:
  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. markers
  3. black markers, thin and thick
  4. pictures of the artwork of Noir
Thierry Noir was born in 1958 in Lyon, France. He came to Berlin in January 1982, attracted by the music of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who lived in West Berlin at this time. From April 1984, Thierry Noir and Christophe Bouchet started to paint the Berlin Wall. He is an artist at the East Side Gallery. The object was not to embellish the wall but to demystify it. As the years went by, the paintings took on phenomenal proportions, which were rapidly recognized by the international arts community. The paintings of Thierry Noir became a symbol of new found freedom after the reunification of Germany and the end of the cold war.

Typical of Noir are bright coloured profiles, reduced to an icon with a big nose, thick lips and saucer-like eyes.

The East Side Gallery (see photo) is a 1.3 km long section of the wall near the center of Berlin and probably the largest open air gallery in the world. Here you'll find the work of Thierry Noir. After looking at pictures of the work of Thierry Noir, children have to get heads in the style of Noir. hoofden tekenen in de stijl van Noir: profile heads looking to the right or left. The sheet has to be filled completely. Choose three colours marker. Outline everything with a thick black marker. Colour the remaining white parts with another colour or fill the spaces with a pattern in thin marker.