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.

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 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.