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

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.

donderdag 18 maart 2010

Chickens like 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 artwork. 

Divide the sheet in six rectangles from 7 by 7 cm. Draw a chicken on cardboard and cut it out. Trace it six times. Colour everyting with markers in bright colours. Outline tall parts with a fine black marker. Draw legs and eyes.

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.

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

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