woensdag 9 mei 2012

Half chicken

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A4 size
  2. oil pastels
  3. blue liquid water colour
  4. brush
  5. jar with water
In this lesson students draw one chicken together. Fold a sheet in half and draw a half chicken. Colour with oil pastels. Draw with white oil pastel one or more eggs. Give the sheet folded to a fellow student, and be sure he does not see what was drawn. Tell what there has to be drawn, the head or the body. Mark with two little lines the places where the fellow student has to connect and draw a mark for the hight of the horizon line.
If the second student is ready, they fold up the sheet open. Hilarious!

Paint the whole drawing with blue water colour paint and lots of water. The oil pastels will resist the water and thus the white eggs come forward again.
Artworks made by students of grade 3

zaterdag 5 mei 2012

Sunrise in the style of Roy Lichtenstein

A lesson is originally from Phyl's site, There's a dragon in my artroom. Check out her site for more!

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A3 size
  2. tempera in red, blue, yellow, white and black
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) was an American popart artist. He is best known for his enormously enlarged cartoons. After his art studies in New York and Columbus Liechtenstein teached art himself. In his spare time he painted abstract paintings and made parodies of American art from the twenties. In1960 he came into contact with Claes Oldenburg and the style elements from advertising and comic strips. He started to use use grids, dots, black outlines and bright colours, the style who made him famous. From 1962 Lichtenstein used the works of Monet, Picasso and Mondrian as the inspiration for his art and he paints sunsets in their style. Most of his work however is based on advertisements and cartoons.

Show artwork of Liechtenstein on the digital board and discuss the characteristics: primary colours sometimes with green,  text balloons, raster dots as we know from newspaper photographs and thick black outlines. Show at the end the work 'Sunrise'. Ask students how they can recognize this work as a Lichtenstein.

The students are instructed to paint a sunrise in the style of Lichtenstein. All Lichtenstein characteristics as discussed so, have to be seen in their painting.

Artworks are made by students of grade 5

dinsdag 1 mei 2012

Lighthouses along the coast

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A6 size (postcard)
  2. watercolour paint
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
  5. scissors and glue
What are lighthouses? Where can you find them and why there? Why did we need them, and do we still need them?
Show pictures of lighthouses on the digital board and discuss them. What does a lighthouse look like? What colour is often used? Where is the lamp of the lighthouse? Where's the door?

For the background students paint with watercolour paint a simplified landscape of air and soil. The paint should be dilluted with a lot of water to get soft colours. The sheet doesn't need to be painted completely, it is even better to leave the edges white. Put this painting aside to dry.

Then sketch a lighthouse on a second sheet of paper. Paint it with watercolour paint, using less water now to be sure the colours really stand out.
Let the work dry and cut the lighthouse. Paste it on the painted background.
Made by students of grade 3

maandag 16 april 2012

Mexican amate

You need:
  1. brown paper bag
  2. tempera paint in fluoresecent colours and white
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
  5. black marker
  6. coloured paper for background
  7. glue or stapler
Amate is a way of making paper, done for centuries by Mexican Indians. Amate paper is made by cooking the inner bark of various trees. At the beginning of the 20th century the Nahua Indians of Mexico started making amatepaintings as a form of folk art, especially in order to exchange and sell them to tourists.
Show some pictures of Mexican amate paintings. Discuss the striking features: birds, flowers, bright colours and black outlines. A frame around the drawing with a pattern in bright colours too.

Tear the edges off the paper: use thumb and fingers on both hands and tear very slowly. Use a pencil to draw some (two or three) birds and flowers, add a patterned frame and paint everything with fluorescent tempera. When it's dry, outline everything with a black marker. Don't forget the name of the artist!

Paste or staple the artworks on coloured construction paper.

maandag 2 april 2012

Pompom easter bunny

You need:
  1. cardboard
  2. scraps of construction paper
  3. wobbling eyes
  4. yarn
  5. scissors and glue
These easter bunny is made of several colours yarn. Search for an online lesson on 'how to make a pompom'. Cut ears and feet out of brown construction paper, paste them on the pompom. Paste also two wobbling eyes.

maandag 26 maart 2012

What's in your egg?

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A5 size 
  2. charcoal
  3. yellow sheet for background 
  4. hairspray
A great lesson for Easter, to be done in several grades. 

Start this lesson with a yeaser: Imagine you break your egg on Easter, and it shows something very different than just the egg.... Draw this imagination with charcoal on a white sheet.
Give instruction on how to work with charcoal. Point out that charcoal stain quickly, and give students tissues with water to clean. Show that the charcoal stripes could be blurred by smearing. In this way the shadows on the egg can be made. Tell charcoal can be erased with kneaded eraser.

Let the children first practice to experience for their self how you work with charcoal.
Then they draw the two  seperated halves of an egg with that's what in it between them. The egg should not just hang not in the air, but has to lie somewhere on or in (grass, cloth or similar).

Fix the drawing with hairspray and staple or paste it on a yellow background.
Made by students of grade 3

donderdag 22 maart 2012


Made by students from kindergarten
You need:
  1. box
  2. brown tempera paint
  3. brush
  4. paper plate
  5. white paper 
  6. red paper
  7. black marker
  8. straw
Paint the outside of the box with brown tempera paint. Fold the plate. Outline your hand and cut it twice out of a white sheet. Paste the hands on both sides of the chicken. Cut a comb and a beak out of red paper and paste them. Paste some feathers for the tail. 
Put the box on its side. Put some straw in the box and put the chicken in it. Stack the boxes of several students for a big hen house!

donderdag 15 maart 2012


You need:
  1. coloured cardboard for the henhouse
  2. white cardboard for the chicken
  3. yellow cardboard for the eggs
  4. red cardboard for the wing
  5. fabric from onion or potato bag
  6. hay
  7. scissors or cutter+mat
  8. glue (possibly a glue gun)
  9. markers
  10. pattern henhouse
  11. pattern chicken
  12. carbon paper
Print the pattern of the henhouse. Use carbon paper to copy the henhouse on the cardboard. Cut the house twice. Place the onion bag fabric between the two houses and paste the houses together with the fabric in between. Cut away the fabric parts that hang out the house. Print the pattern of the chicken or ask children to draw one.
Use carbon paper to copy the chicken on white cardboard and cut it out. Colour the comb, beak and eye with a marker. Copy the wing with carbon paper on red cardboard or draw a wing. Cut it out and paste it on the chicken. If you use a glue gun, drop some glue on the wing to harden. After this paste the wing on the dollop of glue to create some space between wing and body. Cut out some eggs of the yellow cardboard. Paste the hen in his house, and paste hay on the bottom. Put the eggs in the hay and paste them.

vrijdag 2 maart 2012

Astronaut in space

Made by a student of grade 3
You need:
  1. black construction paper
  2. white drawing sheets 
  3. water colour paint
  4. brushes
  5. jar with water
  6. crayons
  7. salt
  8. glitter
  9. scissors
  10. glue
  11. picture of yourself
  12. picture of an astronaut
Fold two sheets of drawing paper in half. Paint the four halves with different colours watercolour. Allow the paint to blend together; you may first draw patterns with crayons or use salt for a nice texture. Let both sheets dry.
Cut circles in various sizes from the painted paper. Swap painted paper with someone else if you like to. Create a composition of space on the black sheet. Paste some planets at the edge and cut them, to the endlessness of space even better.
Cut the astronaut and paste a picture of yourself on it. Paste planets and the astronaut. Use glitter or confetti to add stars.

zaterdag 18 februari 2012

Patchwork landscape

By a student of grade 3.
You need:
  1. white drawing sheets
  2. tempera paint
  3. brushes
This is an easy lesson in perspective for younger students. Talk about perspective and show the picture of the disappearing railway.
Do a step by step guide on the blackboard to make this drawing:

1. Put the sheet in the width for you.
2. Draw a wavy line on 2/3 of the bottom.
3. Place a dot in the middle on the top of the sheet.
4. Draw lines with a ruler from the bottom and sides of the sheet to the dot.
5. Divide the strips in squares.
6. Draw houses and trees on the horizon line.

After this the students can finish their artwork independently. Paint the squares all different and use different patterns. Stpale or paste the artwork on a coloured background.

dinsdag 7 februari 2012

Winter mittens and cap

Made by a student of grade 2
You need:
  1. coloured construction paper
  2. markers
  3. white sheet
  4. glue
  5. scissors
  6. oil pastel
Students draw a face on a large sheet of white paper and colour it with oil pastels. Be sure the eyes are not on top of the head, but in the middle. The space between the two eyes is as wide as an eye.
From coloured paper students cut mittens and a hat (or trace templates first and cut them). Draw patterns on the hat and mittens with marker. The patterns on both mittens should be similar, as well as the patterns on the hat.
Paste hat and mittens on the drawing. Make sure the thumbs point to each other!

zaterdag 28 januari 2012

Pastel planets

You need:
  1. black construction paper A4 size
  2. chalk pastel
  3. hairspray
During our school project about Space, students of grade 5 made these fantasy solar system. Spheres were drawn with attention towards an imaginary light source creating light and dark values. Overlap was required to suggest depth. To suggest the endlessness of the universe, parts of planets had to be drawn at the edge of the sheet.
Draw circles by tracing round subjects or use compasses. Colour with chalk pastel. Note the technique of the chalk: colour, smear and blend until you're satisfied. Fix the artwork with hairspray.

vrijdag 27 januari 2012

International Space Station

You need:
  1. piece of cardboard 30 by 25 cm (box)
  2. space wallpaper or blue crepe paper
  3. gold and silver foil
  4. scraps paper and cardboard
  5. metallic supplies like candle holders, stones, beads etc. .
During a school project about space students of grade 5 made the International Space Station - ISS, where Dutch astronaut AndrĂ© Kuipers currently stays. We saw photographs of the ISS and talked about the different parts of it. 
All students get a piece of cardboard and wallpaper or crepe paper. With different materials they make their own representation of the ISS.

dinsdag 17 januari 2012

Winter forest prints

I found this lesson on Mrs. Knight's art class blog. Take a look on that blog to see more beautiful artworks.

You need:
  1. ribbed cardboard
  2. flat cardboard
  3. woodsies
  4. coloured construction paper
  5. block printing ink
  6. piece of plexiglass
  7. roller
Students make a collage of trees, cut from pieces of flat and ribbed cardboard and woodsies. Tell them the cardboard can be used in two ways: from top to bottom or from left to right.
Shake the bottle of blockprint carefully to be sure oil will mix with the rest. Drip some paint on the glass and roll it out. Roll the paint on the trees. Put a sheet on top of it and press firmly with a flat hand. Make different prints, choose the best one to paste on a coloured background.    

zaterdag 14 januari 2012

A journey through space

You need:
  1. white drawing paper A5 size
  2. crayons
  3. black paint
  4. brush
  5. toothpick
  6. coloured construction paper
As part of a school project about the Dutch astronaut AndrĂ© Kuipers and his space journey, students scratched these drawings.
Colour the entire drawing sheet with crayons. Choose the colours you want, but don't use black or white. Then Paint the entire sheet black and let dry. Scratch a space scene with a toothpick. Paste the artwork on a coloured background.

All artworks are made by students of grade 3

vrijdag 6 januari 2012

Stamped polar bears

Made by students of grade 1

You need:
  1. blue construction paper
  2. pencil
  3. tempera paint white and black
  4. marshmellows
  5. brush
  6. glitter
  7. glue
Show how to draw a polar bear out of simple shapes: circle, half of a circle (ears) and a part of a triangle for the body. Talk about the grey shadow under the head. How do you make gray? Tell students they have to stamp with marshmellows or brushes. Do not paint!

Students draw the head of a polar bear on blue paper. Use white to stamp head and body. Use grey to stamp the shadow. Paint eyes and nose with a small brush. Decorate the artwork with glitter.

dinsdag 27 december 2011

Snowmen mandala

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 
  2. compasses
  3. scissors 
  4. crayons or oil pastels 
  5. indian ink
  6. brush
Step 1.
This lesson is a variaton on 'Autumn leaves mandala'. Click the link for full description.
Focus in this lesson: make sure the snowmen are really coloured white with crayons or oil pastels, otherwise they will turn completely black with ink after step 2.

Step 2.
Crumple the picture into a ball. Make flat again. Paint the entire drawing with indian ink. Rinse the ink immediately after it in the sink and let the work dry. The ink will rest in the folds of the paper  and creates a great "antique" effect.
Made by a student of grade 3

zondag 18 december 2011

Golden Christmas

Made by a student of grade 6
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. silver and gold marker
  5. black construction paper
  6. glue
Children divide their sheet with ruler and pencil in 16 squares from 5 by 5 cm. In each square they draw a Christmas figure: tree, candy, snowman, skates, mitten, sock, candle etc. These figures have to be coloured , just like a checkerboard, with gold and silver marker.  Paste the drawing on a black sheet.

maandag 12 december 2011

Winter scenes

You need:
  1. styrofoam
  2. pencil
  3. block printing ink
  4. paint roller
  5. flat piece of plexiglass
  6. coloured paper
Explain the principle of printing. Why is it that people started to print texts and pictures?

Draw a winter scene with a pencil on the styrofoam. Squeeze out “toothpaste” amount of ink on plexiglass. Roll ink out. The ink is ready when lines appear. Ink should look wet.
Put the styrofoam on a newspaper. Roll one colour ink onto the foam, working quickly to cover all areas. Lay a sheet on top of foam and press with a flat hand. Take away the sheet and your print is ready. Let dry and cut it with about 1 cm around. Paste one or more prints on a white sheet. Decorate the frame with fingerprints.
Made by students of grade 2

dinsdag 6 december 2011

House in cubist style

By a student of grade 4

You need:
  1. drawing paper A4 size
  2. colour markers
  3. pencil
  4. ruler
Draw a house simplified house with windows and a door. Add one or two trees. Divide the sheet in with three horizontal and three vertical lines. Colour the surfaces with four different coloured markers.