zaterdag 30 januari 2010

Birdhouse of paper mache

I've got this great paper mache lesson from Ghislaine Aarts.
You need:
  1. box from boots
  2. scissors
  3. masking tape
  4. saw
  5. 2 wooden paint stirrers (DIY store)
  6. wallpaper paste
  7. newspaper strips
  8. toilet paper or paper towels
  9. brushes
  10. acrylic paint or tempera paint
  11. brushes
  12. varnish
  13. artificial snow
  14. small decoration items like pineapples, peanuts or berries
  15. glue gun
  16. wood for frame
Make a rectangle from the lid of the boots box by cutting the sides. Cut three rectangles from the box and glue them up with masking tape. See the photograph.

Saw one of the sirrers in two halves. Lay the halves of the stirrers and the complete one on the board. Lay the cardboard roof above. See photograph 2.

Paste everything together with newspaper strips and wallpaper paste (paper mache). Your latest layer has to be toiletpaper or paper towel. Leave the work to dry.

Paint the bird house with acrylic paint or tempera. Paint one or more birds upon it. Let your work dry carefully and then finish it with colourless varnish. Scatter some artificial snow on the roof if you like it. You may glue some berries, pineappels or peanuts around the bird house for decoration. Frame your work.

donderdag 28 januari 2010

Valentine's day (with Jim Dine)

You need:
  1. white paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. cardboard 10 by 10 cm
  3. pencil and ruler
  4. scissors
  5. glue
  6. colour pencils
  7. oil pastel crayons
  8. chalk pastel
  9. salt
  10. tempera paint
  11. different kinds of coloured paper (ribbed cardboard, tissue paper, crepe paper etc.)
  12. watercolour paint
  13. brushes
  14. markers
  15. red or pink paper for background
Jin Dine, born in 1935 in Cincinatti, is a sculptor and popart artist. Hearts, ties and tools are recurrent themes in his art. Let children learn about Jim Dine by showing and discussing his artworks. Because of upcoming Valentine's day a lesson about hearts today! Basic colours are red and white (and making pink of these of course!).
Children get a sheet from 20 by 20 cm. They have to divide this sheet with ruler and pencil into four squares from 10 by 10 cm. Fold the little cardboard and draw a heart against the fold. Cut it out. Trace this heart in the four squares. Divide the different colouring supplies on different tables. Stimulate children to experiment with these materials. What happens when I sprinkle salt in watercolour paint? How can I make my heart pop up from the paper? Can I combine chalk pastel and oilpastel? What happens when I sprinkle water on tissuepaper? Students have to colour their hearts and backgrounds by using as many supplies and techniques as possible. While doing this, kids may walk around through the classroom(s) and choose the place where the art supplies of their choice are. The only restriction is: when all chairs are occupied, you have to choose another supply first. When the four hearts are ready, they have to be pasted on a red or pink background.
All artworks are made by children of 10-12 years old

dinsdag 26 januari 2010

Design your own clock!

You need:
  1. plywood plate
  2. coping saw
  3. sandpaper
  4. carbon paper
  5. pencil
  6. clock
  7. tempera paint
  8. brush
  9. things to symbolize figures
  10. picture hook
Children first make a design for their clock on paper. With carbon paper this design has to be copied on the jigsaw. Saw the clock and sand it smooth. Don't forget the edges. Paint the clock with tempera. Paste figures or other things to symbolize the figures on your clock. Fix a hook on the backside and hang your clock.
All clocks are made by students of 11-12 years old.
Thanks to Ton Sommers.

zondag 24 januari 2010

Winter scene

I got this lesson from Anneriek Adema. Her students (11-12 years old) made this wonderful winter scenes! You need:
  1. wc role
  2. coloured paper
  3. glue
  4. scissors
  5. polystyrene
  6. wire, sticks etc.

The wc role is the basis for a snowman, skiing person, ice skater or something. Use coloured paper to make a person, and place him on a piece of polystyrene. Use different materials to make an environment.

This lesson can also be used to make a group work. Give every group a larger piece of polystyrene and let them discuss about what they are going to make.

Colourful dog

You need:
  1. newspapers torn in strips
  2. wallpaper paste
  3. toilet paper or paper towels
  4. tempera paint
  5. brushes
  6. black marker
  7. varnish

There are many tutorials in the internet about paper mache. Search for 'how to make paper mache'. In this lesson we made doggies from paper mache. After drying the dogs are painted with tempera in bright colours. Use a black marker to outline the patterns. Finish the dog with transparent varnish.

Made by students from 10-11 years old
Thanks to Anne Steenbergen en Malou.

woensdag 20 januari 2010

Printed penguins and polar bears

Made by Brittany, 11 years old

You need:
  1. piece of linoleum from 12 x 12 cm
  2. photograph form polar bear or penguin
  3. carbon paper
  4. lino knive
  5. mat
  6. black block printing ink
  7. flat piece of glass
  8. linoleum roller
  9. white drawing paper A4 size
  10. lino press
  11. scissors and glue
Children take a picture from a penguin of polar bear. The animal must be complete, not only a part of it. Because of the fact the animals must be printed, contour lines are important. Each child gets a piece of linoleum from 12 by 12 cm. Use carbon paper to draw the contours of the animal on the linoleum. Use lino knives to cut the background away; the animal has to remain. From the penguins the white belly has to be cut away too. But: remember the contour line has to remain. Details such as eyes, lines that indicate legs etc. have to be cut away with a small lino knive. Shake the bottle of blockprint carefully to be sure oil will mix with the rest. Drip the paint on the glass and roll it out with the lino roller. Make several prints of your work. Choose the two best ones and paste them on a black background. By tearing the paper instead of cutting, you'll accentuate the effect of the winter. The torn paper suggests an ice floe. See the example above.

Made by children from 11-12 years old

zondag 17 januari 2010

Chilly penguin

You need:

  1. grey construction paper A4 size
  2. black shiny paper
  3. white wallpaper
  4. glue
  5. white tempera
  6. q-tips
  7. leftovers of coloured paper
  8. fleece fabric
Children cut a penguin body and wings out of black shiny paper. The belly has to be cut out of white textured wallpaper. The earmuffs and scarf are cut out of fleece fabric. Eyes and noses are cut out of coloured paper. Snowflakes are stamped with a q-tips and white tempera paint.

Made by children of grade 1.
This lesson is done by Lilia Bezemer and based on examples found on Artsonia.

woensdag 13 januari 2010


Made by Marije, 10 years
You need:
  1. white drawing paper A3 size
  2. oil pastels or crayons
  3. watercolour paint
  4. brushes
  5. glitter
  6. glue
Show photographs from enlarged snowflakes or (even better): let students see snowflakes with a magnifying glass or microscope. Discuss the hexagonal structure. The children draw a few snowflakes on their sheet with oil pastel crayons. The flakes don't have to be complete, parts of the flakes can be drawn along the edges.

After this, the sheet has to be painted with diluted watercolour paint in winter colours. The oil pastels will resist the paint. When the work is dry, sprinkle a little glitter in in small dots of glue.

maandag 11 januari 2010

In the style of Keith Haring

Made by Danjel, 11 years old

You need:

  1. white drawing paper
  2. markers
  3. black construction paper
Haring's works originated from the graffiti art and is distinguished by tight lines and the use of bright colours. Haring also worked iti with chalk on black painted plates and vases and statues. Haring has developed his own distinctive artistic language of symbols, symbols that almost look like icons.

Made by Jessica and Sjoerd, 12 years old
Show some works of Haring.. On you'll find everything.
Discuss the distinctive features of the drawings of Haring: cartoon-like people, little details, often thick black lines and outlines, bright colors and little stripes to symbolize movement. Let the children create a drawing in the style of Haring. They have to omit many details as possible, and yet convey a certain feeling. Children have to remain a lahf centimeter of white around their drawing, just like Haring did. Paste the drawings on black construction paper and make sure the works are signed by the artists. On you'll find more than 80 lesson ideas about Keith Haring.

Made by Brittany, 11 years old

zondag 10 januari 2010

Grandma's cupboard

Made by Jara, 11 years old
You need:
  1. white drawing paper A3 size
  2. brushes
  3. tempera paint
Some grandmothers have cups and plates in all shapes and sizes. The complete dinner setthat once was, is over the years pretty decimated. Of course, the cups and bowls are replenished, but there is no uniformity anymore. Draw grandma's cupboard. Draw a beautiful antique cabinet with different shelves. Paint your drawing with tempera. Show in your work the different styles and colours in plates, cups, mugs and bowls. Maybe your grandma has even different colours of wallpaper sticked on the inside of the cupboard!

vrijdag 8 januari 2010


You need:
  1. tempera paint
  2. light blue and white drawing paper
  3. ribbed cardboard
  4. black fine marker
  5. brushes
  6. glitter
  7. glue
A snow globe is a glass sphere containing a small scene. If you shake the globe, it will snow in it. In this lesson the snow globe will be drawn. Give the children a sheet of light blue drawing paper. Let them draw a circle by outlining a saucer. In this circle they have to draw a winter (or Christmas) scene. After this it has to be coloured with undiluted tempera paint. When the paint is dry, outline the drawing with a fine black marker.

Cut the circle out and lay it on a white sheet of paper. Outline the circle then cut the white circle with one centimeter extra all around from the paper. Paste the drawing on the white circle. Cut a standard out of ribbed cardboard and paste both parts on another sheet of coloured paper of your choice. Sprinkle a little glitter in small dots of glue in and around the drawing.

Made by students of 10-11 years old

maandag 4 januari 2010

Swinging snakes

Made by Bart, 12 years old

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. chalk pastels
  4. hairspray
Snakes swing themselves around branches of trees. In order not to fall, the snake has to swing alternately front and back along the branches. This is easy to be shown with a vacuum cleaner hose and a couple chair legs. Children draw three trunks with some branches. Around the trunks and branches they draw three or more snakes. Be careful with the principle of going for along and back along. The snakes have to be coloured firmly to highlight the contrast with the trees. Colour the trees. Colour the background with chalk pastel and fix the work with hairspray.

zondag 3 januari 2010

Trees in the snow

Made by Kiki, 11 years old
You need:
  1. blue cardboard
  2. oil pastels
  3. glitter
  4. glue

Look what trees look like in winter: no leaves, just the trunk and branches. The trunk is wide and runs smaller to the top. Branches are getting smaller to the top also. Children sketch with pencil one or two trees. The trees have to be coloured with oil pastels. Use more colours then just brown: with black, green or blue you can suggest texture in the trunk. Colour snow on the branches with white oil pastels. Of course there will be no snow hanging below the branches, it would fall down!
Use glitter to light up the snow.

woensdag 30 december 2009

Skaters in Dutch landschape

Made by Brittany, 11 years old

You need:

  1. light blue construction paper
  2. dark transperant glossy paper
  3. glue
  4. flour
  5. colour pencils
  6. scissors
Beautiful photographs of Dutch landscapes and skaters on frozen water, are the inspiration for this lesson. There are many of these pictures on the internet (search for 'hollands landschap schaatsen'). Show some of these pictures and discuss them. Take a light blue sheet (or paint one) and paste and paste in the middle transparent dark, glossy paper on it; this is the ice. Cut a circle from a white sheet and paste in on the light blue sheet. Make the white streaks on the ice by drawing lines with a glue stick and sprinkling flour over it; shake the rest of. Draw a windmill or a landscape. Draw some skating people on another sheet and colour them with bright colours. Cut those skaters and paste them on the ice.

Made by students from 10-11 years old

dinsdag 29 december 2009

Winter scene

Made by Veerle, 10 years old
You need:
  1. black paper A4 size
  2. chalk pastels
  3. hairspray
  4. scissors
  5. glitter
  6. glue
Students draw a winter forest with snowy pine trees on a black background. The trees on the foreground must be lighter than those on the background.

When ready, put a flower pot on the drawing and draw a circle. Cut this circle. Fix your artwork with hairspray and let it dry for a few seconds. Then lay the circle face down on the table. Colour along the outer edge of the back of the circle a circle of about one centimeter. Put the circle in the middle of a new sheet of black paper. Smudge the chalk with your fingers on the new sheet, taking care the work won't move. Finally turn the circle and paste it in the black circle of your latest sheet. Sprinkle a little glitter in small dots of glue.

maandag 28 december 2009

Splattering fireworks

You need:
  1. black construction paper
  2. toothbrush
  3. tempera paint
  4. spoon
  5. straw
  6. photo of a building or skyline
  7. scissors
Choose an internet photograph of a famous building or skyline. Print it and cut it out carefully. Put the picture or a black sheet of paper. Dilute white tempera paint with water so it is fluid. Dip the toothbrush in the paint and knock the adhering drops off. Take a teaspoon in your writing hand and the toothbrush in the other. Scrape with the spoon on the hairs of the toothbrush in your own direction. This way the hairs of the toothbrush will spring back, while they release splashes of paint. Practice this first on a scrap sheet. Now splash around your image. Near the image you splash closer, further away you splash thinner.

When you are finished, gently take the image away. You'll see the silhouette of the building.Let your work dry before you do the second step. Dilute some tempera paint on a saucer with water so it is thinner. Leave one or two drops of diluted tempera on your artwork, but not on the silhouette. drupjes verf op je werkstuk vallen, maar niet op het silhouet (put your image back to the sheet if necessary). Blow through the straw at the paint drops in different directions, so you'll get fireworks. Do this as often as you like. Be careful, there should not be coloured paint on your silhouette. Paste your work finally on a coloured background.
This lesson is origanally from Art Attack.

zaterdag 26 december 2009

Fireworks over the city

Made by Oscar, 11 years old
You need:
  1. white drawing paper A3 size
  2. oil pastels
  3. liquid water colour
  4. brushes
  5. coloured paper for background
Children draw a New Years eve in three sections: foreground, middleground and background. At the bottom of the sheet they draw a lot of backs of human heads; these are the people looking to the fireworks. In the middle they draw a street with houses. People are standing in front of those houses, so think about overlapping! The third section is above the houses: beautiful fireworks. Colour everything with oil pastels. Use bright colours for the fireworks, including white. Don't draw too many details, that isn't easy to colour because of the oilpastels. Whey ready, paint the whole drawing with dark liquid watercolour, because new years fireworks are at night! The oil pastels will resist the watercolour.

donderdag 24 december 2009

Merry Christmas window

You need:
  1. pattern (click on the picture of it)
  2. carbon paper
  3. cutter and cutting mat
  4. green cardboard
  5. tissue paper

Pattern (click and enlarge)
Print the pattern and enlarge if you wish till A4 size. Copy the pattern with carbon paper on the cardboard and cut out the grey parts carefully. Be sure the letters will be stuck to the window. Paste tissue paper on the back. You might prefer to let children draw their own letters. If you let them, give them the exact sizes of the window and tell them to be sure the letters have to be stuck to the window on at least every edge. This can be done with pencil and paper, but also on computer (Wordart).

woensdag 23 december 2009

Snowman close ups

Made by Charmaine, 11 years old
You need:
  1. grey drawing paper cut in pieces from 15 by 15 cm
  2. oil pastels
  3. glue
  4. scissors
  5. coloured cardboard
Children get three pieces of grey drawing paper. They have to draw the same snowmen face or part of the face from different points of view: frontal, of the side, from above, from the bottom, upside down etc. The snowmen must be coloured with oil pastels. Of course the colours of all drawings have to be the same. Outline everything with black oil pastel.
Glue the three snowmen close ups on a matching coloured cardboard.
Snowman close ups, by children of 11-12 years old

zondag 20 december 2009

Santa with Christmas wish

You need:
  1. pattern
  2. cardboard in dark red, red, pink, black and white
  3. carbon paper
  4. wobbly eyes
  5. cottonpads
  6. 2 split pins
  7. piece of raffia
  8. black marker

Pattern: click to download
Print the pattern. Draw the body and arms using carbon paper de on the red cardboard. Cut these bodyparts. Copy the hat on dark red cardboard and cut it out. Do the same with hands and face on pink cardboard. Cut the boots out of black cardboard. Cut the white parts. Paste the hands under the sleeves. Paste the sleeve edges on top. Paste the face and the hat on the body and paste the edge of the hat. Outline the edge of the hat with black marker. Paste the boots on the body, and the white belt too. Prick holes in the triangles and fix the arms with split pins on the body. Paste wobbly eyes on the face. Cut a beard and moustache from a cottonpad and paste these in the face. Cut a rectangle from black construction paper and write a Christmas wish on it. Paste two pieces of raffia on this board and paste the raffia on the hands.