woensdag 24 juni 2009

Show me your shoes

Made by Anne, 10 years old

You need:

  1. white drawingpaper
  2. coloured pencils
  3. scissors
  4. glue
  5. coloured paper for background
Ask children to take their most beautiful, most colourful or most favourite shoes. Put one of your shoes in front of you on your table. Look carefully and draw your shoe on a white sheet. Colour it firmly and cut it out. Glue the shoe on a coloured sheet that matches to the colours of the shoe.

By Jetse, 12 years old

zondag 21 juni 2009

Guardian angels of the woods

You need:
  1. white drawing paper
  2. colour pencils

After telling a story about the protector of the woods, who hide themselves between the trees and bushes, children draw their own wood guardian angels. Those can be anything they think of: an angel, a ghost, a fairy or maybe even an animal. The colours should of course be natural colours: green, yellow, red, brown and mixtures of them. Hide your guardian angel between the trees, drawing a lot of leaves around it.

maandag 15 juni 2009

Comic strip language

You need:

  1. white drawing paper from 10 by 10 centimetres
  2. white drawing paper from 30 by 30 centimetres
  3. tempera paint
  4. felt pens
  5. black markers
  6. brushes

Comic strip drawers use a special way to reproduce sounds. They realise a special effect with letters or words. We call this an onomatopeia or sound-imitation.

There is always a black frame around the comic strip pictures. Sometimes you'll see the a part of the drawing outside of the frame. Ask sour students to take their favourite comic strips. Look for examples of sound-imitations and talk about them: SPLASH (falling water), TOINK (someone who bumps his head). Those sound-imitations are often combined with a movement or direction. You can notice this if you look at the shape or direction of the letters, or even at the letters themselves. Often you'll see matching symbols around a word, like litte stars for someone who bumped his head or drops of water around the word SPLASH. Students design a comic strip picture with a sound. They have to draw a concept first on the little sheet. When finished and satisfied with the concept, students take a bigger sheet from 30 with 30 centimentres. On this sheet they have to draw a frame (use a ruler!) about 1 centimetre from the sides. Outside this frame the drawing has to remain white, like in comic strips. After this children have to enlarge their concept. If it is to difficult, they can draw a grid on their sheet first (squares from 3 by 3 centimetres). Drawing and words have to be coloured with feltpens. The background and other great parts can be painted with tempera. Tell children to choose bright colours, so don't mix to much. At last outline all lines with a black marker.

zondag 14 juni 2009

Beautiful butterflies

You need:
  1. white drawing paper
  2. tempera
  3. brushes
  4. glue and scissors
  5. coloured paper for background
Paint with a small brush white tempera to create . Niet te kleine vakken maken, dat is lastig inkleuren later. Door het mengen van kleuren en wit worden de vakken gevuld. Vertel de kinderen dat ze de verf niet verdunnen, om felle kleuren te krijgen. Ook na het spoelen van de kwast moet deze goed worden drooggemaakt in een papieren doekje. Vouw een tweede tekenvel dubbel en teken tegen de vouw aan een of meer halve vlinders. Knip deze uit. Verf ze in dezelfde kleuren als de achtergrond, maar blijf daarbij een halve centimeter van de rand af zodat je een wit randje overhoudt. Trek met witte verf dunne lijntjes rondom het lijf van de vlinder en de versieringen als de verf voldoende aangedroogd is. Plak de gekleurde achtergrond op een groter vel wit papier. Plak dan de vlinders op, waarbij je ook over de witte rand kunt gaan. Doe alleen lijm achter het lijf, zodat de vlinders iets van het pier gaan afstaan voor een ruimtelijke effect.

dinsdag 9 juni 2009

Black and white prints

You need:

  1. two pieces of linoleum from 10 x 10 cm
  2. lino knive
  3. mat
  4. block printing ink in black and white
  5. flat piece of glass
  6. linoleum roller
  7. white paper A4 size
  8. black papier A4 size
  9. lino press

For this artwork you need two square pieces of linoleum. Draw simple patterns or simple figures. Cut from the first piece of lino the figures out and leave the background (negative). Cut from the second piece of lino just the background out while leaving the figures (positive). Press both works several times in black ink on white paper and white ink on black paper. Choose the best out of those prints. Paste the white prints on black sheets and the black prints on white sheets. Paste the black print on white paper sheets on a larger black sheet. Paste the white print on black paper sheets on a larger white sheet. Finally glue the black and white sheets together.

Made by students from 10-11 years old

maandag 8 juni 2009

Athletes and their shadows

You need:
  1. plywood plate on A4 size
  2. coping saw
  3. sandpaper
  4. carbon paper
  5. pencil
  6. strong glue
  7. black construction paper for background
  8. tempera and brushes
Search in a newspaper, magazine or on the Internet for a photo of an athlete in motion. Note that, if you would print the photo in black, you'll see well what the athlete does. Place carbon paper with the black side down on your board. Lay the picture above. Trace the athlete. Press firmly. Saw the athlete neat and sand the edges smooth. Paint the two parts in the colours you like. Don't forget the edges! Glue your board on a piece of cardboard and paste the sawn-athletes with some space between. You will see an athlete with his own shadow!

zondag 7 juni 2009

Waterlilies in the style of Monet

You need:

  1. tissue paper in different colors
  2. white drawing sheet (A4 size)
  3. glue
Claude Monet was a French painter and founder of French impressionist painting. Impressionistic paintings are a kind of snapshots, giving a quick impression. Up close, it will only show spots and streaks, at a distance you see that these spots together represent an image.
After viewing a number of waterlily paintings by Monet, children will make their own waterlilies using tissue paper. To get the spotty Monet effect, the tissue paper should be torn into pieces. For the background, the water, children tear pieces of blue and or green tissuepaper and paste it on their sheet. The flowers are also made of torn pieces of tissue paper. It is important to work from big to small: first the background, then the pieces of the large flowers, and over them the heart of the flower. Assign the children that they use minimal of glue to avoid a messy painting.

zaterdag 6 juni 2009

Face in the mirror

You need:
  1. coloured construction paper
  2. scissors and glue
  3. cutter and mat
During this lessons children will practice with positive and negative space. Discuss about a face: form, place of ears and eyes (same height), distance between the eyes, hairline (not just on top of the head), the width of the mouth and nose. Every child gets a construction paper and a half construction paper in two contrasting colours. Draw half of a face to the side of the small sheet. This face must be cut and placed at the center line of the whole sheet. Cut parts out of the half face and place them on the other side. When all parts are cut, everything cn be pasted.

donderdag 4 juni 2009

Animal silhouette

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet, A3
  2. tempera and brushes
  3. pictures of animal furs and side views of the corresponding animals
  4. black construction paper
  5. scissors and glue

For this task the children search the internet for photos of animal fur. The photographs have to be printed in colour. Then they paint the fur as accurately as possible on the white sheet. While drying, children can look for pictures of the animal from which they just painted the fur. This picture has to be a side view.

Print the animal and use a copier to enlarge it. The animal picture must fit on the painting of the fur.

Put the picture of the animal on black paper and tape it down. Then cut exactly along the outer lines of the image, while cutting the black paper also. Glue the silhouette on the painting.

woensdag 3 juni 2009

Growing landscape

You need

  1. drawing sheets A 3
  2. tempera
  3. brushes and water
  4. photographs (or parts of them) from landscapes

A little piece from a landscape picture or a complete photograph (look for them in travel guides) will make a beautiful painting! Glue the litte piece somewhere on your sheet and paint the landscape as you imagine it would be!

dinsdag 2 juni 2009

Proud as a peacock

Made by students of grade 5

You need:
  1. photographs from peacocks
  2. peacock feathers
  3. white drawing sheet
  4. wasco crayons
  5. watercolour paint
  6. blue or green construction paper
Male peacocks are notable for their long tail, consisting of long feathers, with eyes at the end. Look at photo's of peacocks and try to get some peacock feathers in your classroom. How do you recognize a peacock? What does his body look like? And his head? What has he got on his head? Loot at the feathers and discuss the features. What does the eye in the feather look like? What colours do you see?
Children draw a rough pencil sketch of the body and the head of the peacock. It won't be necessary to draw each individual feather, this can be done while colouring.
Colour the peacock wih oilpastel crayons. When ready, paint the whole sheet with light blue watercolour paint. Oil pastel will resist. Finally glue the drawing on a blue or green sheet.

zondag 31 mei 2009

Spring flowers

You need
  1. white drawing paper
  2. wasco crayons
  3. tempera
  4. brushes
Children draw spring flowers with black crayon. The whole sheet should be filled with flowers. Colour the flowers with tempera. Paint the background in a bright spring colour.

zaterdag 30 mei 2009

Moving around

You need:

  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. black finepointed markers
  3. markers in three different colours
  4. black construction paper for background

Movement, that is what this lesson is about. Give each child a rough leaf. Ask some children in your classroom to show different 'frozen' attitudes: running, cheering, catching a ball, kneeling. The other students draw this postures on their rough leaf. Their character has only to consist of a circle (head) and stripes for arms, torso and legs. The goal of this lesson is not to draw good-looking people, but only the attitude. If these droodles are okay, children fill their sheet with moving people. Again: draw simple figures consisting of a circle and scrawled arms and legs. The figures should not overlap, but there should be as much as possible on the drawing sheet. Allow children to draw first with pencil, and if the figures are good, they go over it with a fineliner.

When the sheet is filled up with moving figures, the spots between the people have to be coloured. Use only three different colours feltpens. The spots may not touch each other, there must even be a white border between the faces. Also around the puppets remain white. Keep a white border of about half a cm free all around the whole work. This will look nice on a black background.

Finally paste the picture on a black sheet of paper.

vrijdag 29 mei 2009


You need:
  1. glossy paper
  2. crepe paper
  3. glue
  4. white drawing sheet

Children have to draw the outside of a hyancinth on their sheet with gray pencil . The flower has to be filled with crumled pieces of crepe paper, who are glued on the sheet. From torn pieces of the green glossy paper they paste the leaves.

donderdag 28 mei 2009

A field full of sunflowers

By student of grade 4

You need:

  1. oil pastel crayons
  2. coloured ink
  3. brushes
  4. white drawing paper A4 size
  5. green paper for background
See what sunflowers look like. Show photographs of French sunflower fields. Children draw a field full of sunflowers with oilpastels. When finished, the background has to be painted with water colour in green or bluegreen. The oilpastel will resist the watercolour.

woensdag 27 mei 2009

Ocean animals

You need
  1. white drawing paper A4 format
  2. blue markers
  3. coloured paper for background

After a class discussion about animals in the ocean (and there are much more than just fish!), children draw an animal of their choice. The animal is drawn largely and has to be kept white (of course there may be in eyes etc.). After this the background has to be filled with lines in different patterns. Use only blue feltpens or markers, to support the ocean effect.

dinsdag 26 mei 2009

Cow's day

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A3 size
  2. construction paper for background
  3. tempera paint or oilpastels
When the cows are back in the meadows in spring, we should draw them! We look at photographs and paintings of cows. Using the website how to draw a cow, children draw a cow in the meadow. Of course with a typical Dutch cloudy sky. Colour the drawing with oilpastels or tempera paint. Tell the kids that the meadow shouldn't be a simple green rectangle. They should use different colours. And: grass is growing up!

maandag 25 mei 2009

It's me in the mirror

You need:

  1. digital photo camera
  2. white drawing sheets
  3. coloured pencils
  4. photograph of back of the head, shoulders and stretching arm
  5. aluminium foil
  6. big mirror on the wall
  7. some hand mirrors
  8. scissors and glue

If you want to see the back of yourself, you'll need two mirrors. By using a hand mirror you can see the back of your head back in a mirror on the wall.

We're going to practice with the mirrors. Children look at their own backs with two mirrors and will discover they nevertheless can see their front also!

All children get two printed photographs of themselves: one with the back of the head/shoulders/stretched hand with handmirror, and one photograph of their face. The 'back'photo has to be used to copy. Draw yourself at the left of the sheet. Copy the stretched hand as well as you can. After this they draw the background: the bathroom or maybe the bedroom. The hand mirror has to be drawn bigger, because the photograph has to fit!

Aluminium foil has to be glued on the handmirror (shining side up). Cut out the photograph of the face, and glue this on the foil.

zaterdag 23 mei 2009

Printing with you hands

With your hands you can make beautiful prints. You need:
  1. black tempera
  2. glass plate
  3. paint roller
  4. sheets A4 size in different colours
  5. glue and scissors
Put some black paint on a glass plate. Roll the paint well, till the glass is covered. Put your hand in the paint and press firmly. Put your black hand on a sheet of coloured paper and make a print. Make four prints on four different colour sheets. Maybe you have to make even more, because some of them won't succeed. Never mind, choose the best ones after printing! Cut your prints after drying with 1 cm extra around the paint. Stick all prints on different colour paper and you have a beautiful artwork in the style of Andy Warhol!

vrijdag 22 mei 2009

Wooden landscape

You need

  1. piece of plywood 15 by 15 cm
  2. coping saw
  3. coloured paper
  4. tempera
  5. brushes
  6. gold marker
An exercise in figure saw.
The students draw on their board from left to right a straight line, a zigzag line and a wavy lijn. These lines have to be sawn. The individual parts are then sanded and painted (possibly decorated with gold marker). Finally glue the parts on a piece of coloured paper: a wooden landscape!