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.

zondag 14 februari 2010

Selfportrait in popart style

By Milan, 12 years old
You need:
  1. drawing paper A4 size
  2. picture of the child
  3. watercolour paint
  4. brushes
  5. wallpaper
  6. coloured paper for background
  7. scissors and glue
  8. black marker

    Print from photograph, made at Dumpr

Make portraits of the children. Go to http://www.dumpr.net/ and click on 'photo to scetch'. Upload the pictures and print a drawing for every child.

Show some drawings in the classroom. How do you recognize the student? What are the most important parts of the face? What lines are important? Every student gets his own drawing. The trace the most important lines in their drawing using a fine black marker. Do not trace details, because after this they have to trace with thick markers. This means: don't trace hairs, just the contours of them. Don't forget facial lines around the mound or nose. When tracing is ready, students take their drawing and a new drawing sheet to a window (or use lightboxes if you have these). Keep the drawing against the window with the white sheet one it and trace the drawing with a pencil. Go back to the table and look carefully at your own portrait. Is it you? Are the lines well? Are the eyes correct?

Take a thick black marker and trace the pencil drawing. Paint the portrait with watercolour paint. Choose the colours you like; in popart every colour is possible!

Paint a background or choose a wallpaper background and paste your cut portrait on it. Paste a coloured background behind it for strength.

zaterdag 13 februari 2010

Tulips; spring is coming!

By Shanti, 11 years old
You need:
  1. a bunch of tulips
  2. drawing paper A4 size
  3. white oil pastels
  4. water paint
  5. brushes
  6. jar with water
  7. coloured paper for background
  8. glue
What does a tulip look like? What can you tell about the stem and the leaves? What do the petals look like? Give every group a vase with some tulips. The children have to draw a horizon line first about a third from the bottom of the sheet, the lawn. In this lawn tulips has to be drawn, using white oil pastels. Look carefully at the tulips in the vase. The tulips must overlap and do not stand in a tight line. Colour the flowers with water paint. The oil pastel will resist the paint, so the white lines remain. Paint the lawn and the air also. Paste the work after drying on a coloured background.

woensdag 10 februari 2010

Fairytale castle

You need:
  1. two soda bottles from o,5 liter
  2. coloured construction paper A3 size
  3. pricking needle
  4. felt pricking mat
  5. scissors
  6. tempera paint
  7. template with squares
  8. stapler
  9. stickers with fairy tale figures
The teacher draws battlements on top of the coloured sheets and cuts them (or leave this for the children). Draw a gate and some windows. Each child gets two sheets of coloured paper. Cut the battlements from both sheets if the teacher hasn't done this yet. Paint bricks on the castle walls with a template or stamp these bricks with a a square sponge.
Prick the gate from one of the two castle sheets. Be sure one side remans attached to the castle. Fold this gate to the outside. Prick the windows and fold them too. Paste stickers from fairytale figures in the windows and gate, or draw these fairytale figures.
Put two sodabottles on the table and staple the castle sheets around these bottles.

maandag 8 februari 2010

Lino print of musical instrument

Made by students from 11-12 years old
You need:
  1. two pieces of linoleum from 12 x 12 cm
  2. drawing paper from 12 x 12 cm
  3. sheets with music notes
  4. carbon paper
  5. lino knives
  6. mat
  7. black block printing ink
  8. flat piece of glass
  9. linoleum roller
  10. lino press
  11. glue
  12. coloured paper for background
Children draw a musical instrument. Draw this instrument on the two pieces of linoleum, using carbon paper. From the first piece of linoleum the background has to be cut away, so the instrument will remain. Details from the instrument can be cut with a small lino knife. From the second piece most of the instrument has to be cut, so the background and some details of the instrument will remain.

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 music paper.

zondag 7 februari 2010

Monochromatic painting

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A3 size
  2. tempera paint
  3. brushes
  4. black marker

Children choose a geometric shape and draw this overlapping and in different sizes on their sheet. Then they choose one colour tempera to colour their shapes. Mixing is only allowed with white and black, because the painting has to be monochromatic. When ready, outline everything with black marker.

zaterdag 6 februari 2010

Winter through my window

Made by Silke, 10 years old

You need:

  1. brown paper strips from 2 cm wide
  2. light blue drawing paper
  3. oil pastel
  4. tempera paint
  5. brushes
  6. glue
Draw a winter tree and a fence that gets smaller in the distance. Colour tree and fence with oilpastels. Paint snow on the ground, the tree and the fence using white tempera paint. Paste the brown strips on the drawing as if it's a window frame.

donderdag 4 februari 2010


You need:
  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. black markers (fine and wide)
  3. colour pencils or markers
Children have to draw their name in big letters with a wide marker. Around this name they draw little pictures of anything they want.
The drawing can be coloured, with colouring supplies or with a computer program like Paint or Paint Shop pro (see examples below).

maandag 1 februari 2010

Carnival portraits

You need:
  1. a shelf
  2. balloon
  3. newspaper strips
  4. wallpaper paste
  5. toilet rolls, bottle caps, polystyrene etc.
  6. toilet paper or paper towels
  7. acrylic paint or tempera paint
  8. brushes
  9. glitter
  10. confetti
  11. black marker

Blow the balloon. Paste newspaper strips on the half of the ballon. Be sure you have at least eight layers. Let the work dry. Take the balloon uit. Cut the edges and lay this half balloon on the shelf. Use costless things like toilet rolls, bottle caps or polystyrene to shape the face. Fix these parts with newspaper strips and wallpaper paste. The last layer has to be toilet paper or paper towel. Let the work dry again. Paint the portrait with acrylic paint or undiluted tempera. Give the face a body. Sprinkle glitter or confetti in the wet paint.

This lesson and photographs were sent to me by Ghislaine Aarts.

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