zondag 24 maart 2013

Surrealism with eyes

You need:
  1. camera
  2. drawing sheet A3 size 
  3. aquarelle pencils 
  4. markers 
  5. brush
  6. jar with water 
  7. scissors and glue 
Surrealists like Dali painted images in a hyper realistic style accompanied often with unexpected surprising or even shocking additions. Surrealists let their imagination run wild and painted dreams.   

In this lesson students will make a surrealistic artwork with eyes. Paul Miró, the Spanish surrealistic artist, painted often eyes in his work.

Eyes are meant to look with,  but how can we use eyes in our imagination? Maybe you can play soccer with them ... Or they are on the shelves of a refrigerator .... What tot think about a bouquet of eye flowers to give your mother...

Each student invents a surreal situation of which he or she is part of, and draws it. On a separate sheet several eyes have to be drawn, coloured in bright coloures with markers. The teacher takes a picture of the child as it sees itself in that situation and prints it. The drawing has to be coloured with aquarell pencils. Use water and a brush to smoothe the colours. Paste the photograph in the drawing and then paste the eyes. 

All arworks made by students of grade 4. 

donderdag 21 maart 2013

Flamingo in Art Nouveau style

Made by students of grade 5

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 
  2. metallic gel pens
  3. glue and figure scissors
  4. coloured construction paper for background
Gaudi House, Barcelona

Art Nouveau, also known as Jugendstil an international style of art, applied art and architecture that was most polular during 1890-1910. It is also known as Modernism in Catalonia - Spain, with its most notable contributions by the architect Antoni Gaudi.

Art Nouveau was applied to everyday objects like jewelery and furniture, but also on fences, balconies and facades. Art Nouveau used organic shapes, like plants and birds, eggs and women. The lines express emotion. In Paris you will discover Jugendstil in some accesses to the subway. Gaudi also designed his buildings in this style: elegant whimsical shapes, decorated with mosaic tiles and wrought iron.

Show Jugendstil / Art Nouveau pictures using the digital board. Discuss the features: elegant lines, rounded shapes, often asymmetrical, organic shapes, exuberant.

Outline a saucer on a white drawing sheet and cut it. Draw Art Nouveau shapes and lines using metallic gel pens in three colours.  Paste this drawing on a second sheet of white drawing paper. Draw legs, tail and head of a flamingo bird and decorate these parts also with gel pen. Cut the bird with figure scissors leaving a white edge. Paste the art work on a long piece of coloured paper that matches the colour of the flamingo.

zondag 10 maart 2013

Salvador Dali's mustache

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A3 size
  2. oil pastel crayons
  3. pencil 
  4. black marker 
  5. pipe cleaner 
More information about Salvador Dalí, see the lesson High legged elephant in the style of Salvador Dali.

Show some surrealistic artworks of Dali and discuss the surreliastic parts of it.  Show The melting clocks. Discuss the shape of the clockes. What happened to these clocks? Are these clocks that you can hang on the wall? Why not? Why do we call this surreal?

Using a step by step method, the students draw a face. I opted for the method of WikiHow. Interchange in this method step 1 and 2 by folding the sheet in four parts and then draw an egg shale according to the measures in the figure below. Then continue following the steps on WikiHow.
This is the face of Dali. Draw some melting clocks around it. Draw also some half ones on the edged of the sheet.

The clocks and face have to remain white. Colour the background with warm colors and the clothes of Dali with cold colours (or vice versa).
Outline the clocks and face with black oil pastel. Use a black marker for the numbers and hands of the clock and the parts of the face. Colour the iris of the eyes with a bright colour.

Pierce two holes under the nose and put a piece of pipe cleaner through them. Bend it into a nice mustache. Sign your artwork with your own name. Put the name Dali with a small mustache anywhere at work.

Artworks made by students of grade 4

Thanks to Anne Farell from Use your coloured pencils who gave me the idea of the pipecleaner mustache! 

vrijdag 22 februari 2013

High legged elephant in the style of Salvador Dali

A great lesson from colleague blogger of Artisan des Arts.

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. markers (not waterproof)
  3. brush
  4. jar with water
  5. chalk pastels
  6. felt
  7. scissors and glue 
Show some surrealistic artworks of Dali. Show The elephants. Discuss the realistic (the body of the elephant) and the surrealistic parts (house on the back, high legs) of this work.

Students draw a Dali inspired elephant and trace it with a marker. I gave them some 'how to draw' templates. Take a wet brush and go over the lines, so the water turns into watercolour. Let dry.

Draw a horizon line and a sun. Colour the background with chalk pastels and blend with your fingers. Draw shadows of the elephant's legs. Maybe they don't have the right direction, but that's part of surrealism!

Cut a piece of felt for a blanket, decorate it and paste it on the elephant.

All artworks are made by students of grade 4

vrijdag 15 februari 2013

Catching snowflakes

Made by students of grade 4
You need:
  1. blue construction paper
  2. oilpastel crayons
  3. fiberfill 
  4. glue 
I don't know who was the first that posted this lesson ...Who do I link? Artsonia, Pinterest? However, it came across all art blogs lately! 

It's snowing! Look up and try to catch snowflakes with you tongue! What does your face look like when you look up?
Draw a child in a cheerful winter sweater. Colour with oil pastels. Outline with black. Paste a piece of fiberfill on the tongue, and do not forget to draw the snowflakes.

(Source: Artsonia/Pinterest)

zondag 10 februari 2013

Valentine's heart of felt

Made by students of grade 4
You need:
  1. pink or red felt 
  2. white  embroidery floss
  3. needle
  4. buttons, beads, wobbly eyes
  5. ribbon
  6. fiberfill
  7. glue
Cut two hearts out of felt. Use the blanket stitch to sew them together until you are almost round. Fill the heart with fiberfill and sew the last part. Sew a ribbon at the top of the heart. Decorate the heart by sewing or pasting beads, buttons and/or wobbly eyes. 

dinsdag 5 februari 2013

With love .... Farewel to Maureen

Inchies are small pieces of art that make one artwork together. On this page more information and a description of how to make them.

All students of grade 4 said goodbye to Miss Maureen with their own personal all  inchies​​. Ask the students to bring little things from home that belong to them. This can be anything: a hair elastic, a logo of the soccer club, a Lego doll, a balloon, a coin, a piece of a map, an eraser etc.

Cut nine squares of 4 by 4 cm out of different types of paper in various colours  and paste them on a piece of cardboard. Paste the brought objects on these squares. Be sure to make a beautiful composition.

Bye Maureen, and thanks for everything Maureen!

Made by students of grade 4

dinsdag 29 januari 2013

Suburb for birds

Made by students of grade 4

You need:
  1. coloured cardboard 
  2. wallpaper 
  3. wrapping paper
  4. tempera paint
  5. black marker
  6. brushes
  7. scissors and glue
Students draw a birdhouse with a special entrance on brown wrapping paper. This entrance can be a heart, a star of even a bird. Cut this entrance and outline the hole with a black marker.
Paint the house with cheerful colours.
Paste it on a piece of wallpaper and cut it out with 2 cm around. Paste a strip of black paper on the cardboard, this is the standard for birdhouse. Paste the birdhouse on the standard. Outline the house with black marker.

All birdhouses together will make a colourfull suburb for birds!

Thanks to Maureen Kaal 

zondag 20 januari 2013

Eskimoo and iglo

Made by a student of grade 1

You need:
  1. dark blue construction paper 
  2. white sheet
  3. glue
  4. coloring page of an eskimoo 
  5. scraps of felt 
  6. cottonwool
Draw on the blue sheet the outlines of an igloo. Tear white squares or rectangles  and paste them on within the contour lines of the igloo.
Cut the eskimo and paste it next to the igloo. Dress him with pieces of felt. Paste a collar made of cotton wool.
Make the background  icy cold with white chalk.

dinsdag 15 januari 2013


Made by a student of grade 4

You need:
  1. blue construction paper
  2. oil pastels
Students draw three or more overlapping snowmen wearing fashionable scarves. Colour with oil pastel and outline with black.

dinsdag 1 januari 2013

Penguin fun

Made by students of grade 4

You need:
  1. blue cardboard A1 size
  2. black construction paper
  3. tinfoil
  4. wobbly eyes
  5. coloured foam
  6. white crepe paper
  7. fiberfill
  8. glitter
  9. scissors and glue
Paste two sheets of blue cardboard together. Pate snow hills from crepe apper, tinfoil and fiberfill. Every student cuts one or more penguins from black construction paper, dressed in coloured pulls cut from foam.
Paste all the penguins on the snow hills and decorate with glitter.

Thanks to Maureen Kaal 

vrijdag 21 december 2012

Doodling together group mural part 2

What to do with that great group mural (see Doodling together group mural) if it has to make place for other artworks and everybody wants to have it? Exactly! Cut it in equal pieces and paste those pieces on black sheets of construction paper.  That awsome mural turns out in a lot of great artworks; one for all groupmembers!

donderdag 13 december 2012

Happy new year

Made by students of grade 3 and 4 

You need: 
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. blue liquid water colour paint 
  3. brush
  4. crayons
  5. black and yellow or orange construction paper
  6. yellow chalk pastel
Show pictures or movies about fireworks and discuss what this looks like. Use crayons to draw fireworks on a white sheet. Paint this with blue liquid water colour paint. Let dry.
Cut a skyline out of half a sheet of black paper. Paste this on the blue sheet. Cut windows from yellow or orange paper.
Draw a yellow chalk line on the roofs and smudge it.   

maandag 10 december 2012

The Xmas tree isn't green

You need:
  1. two drawing sheets A4 size
  2. liquid watercolour paint
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
  5. tissue paper
  6. scissors
  7. glue
  8. pencil
  9. gold or silver marker
Paint a background with liquid water colour paint. Use two dark colours and let them blend into each other, leaving some white on the sheet.
Choose three colours of tissue paper. Fold the sheets several times and cut triangles and squares. Take a white sheet and make it wet with a brush and water. Lay the pieces of tissue paper on the wet sheet. If the tissue paper is not wet enough, it won't bleed. If so, make it wet again with a brush with water. Fill the sheet with these tissue paper parts and leave it to dry. Remove the pieces of tissue paper when it is completely dry.

Artworks are made by students of grade 4

Fold the tissue coloured sheet and cut triangles in several heights. Paste the trees on the background. Don't paste the trees all at the same height, so you get depth. Cut some smaller triangles from the left overs if you want more trees.
Outline the trees with silver or gold marker and draw a simple branch structure. Draw the trunks with a brown pencil.

woensdag 5 december 2012

In the style of Hans Innemee

You need:
  1. three sheets of coloured paper 12 by 12 cm
  2. pencil
  3. chalk pastel
  4. hairspray
  5. white sheet for background
  6. glue 
Hans Innemee (1951) is a Dutch artist. kunstenaar. He studied graphic arts and worked for some time as an art teacher.
Innemee's art is a kind of collage made from monotyped drawings. After monotyping a lot of drawings, he makes his artwork by ripping parts of them and pasting them on home made sheets together. Colouring is done with oil pastels.

View artworks of Hans Innemee. Talk together about the small stories in the artworks. Ask students which story they have in mind while seeing the artworks.

Discuss the characteristics of the work of Innemee:
  • Drawings of animals.
  • Simple shapes.
  • No details.
  • Few colours.
  • Black outlines.
  • Simple background.
  • Text / Title under the drawing.
The goal for this lesson is: draw a story in three steps on three sheets. Colour with chalk pastels.  Work in the style of Hans Innemee.

Paste the three sheets on a larger sheet. Spray with hairspray. Write under the small sheets with pencil in as few words as possible the text of the story you had in mind.

Made by students of grade 4

Thanks to Hans Innemee for permission to publice his artwork in this blog post and his kind words about the artworks of my students! 

maandag 26 november 2012

Doodling together - group mural

Made by students of grade 6

 You need:
  1. drawing sheets A1 size
  2. tape
  3. tempera paint
  4. brushes
Step 1
Stick some large sheets together with tape and lay them on a group tables of equal height.
Groups of four students at the same time draw little forms or doodles on this sheet using black tempera. The drawings should not touch each other.  When all doodles are finished, have a couple of kids connect them by straight black lines.

Step 2
Paint all surfaces and doodles with tempera. Each student chooses a colour and paints some surfaces or doodles. Be sure to avoid surfaces with the same colour next to each other.

This lesson can be done in every grade by varying subject or colours: choose only primary colours and straight forms to create a  Mondrian version.
Or choose a theme for the doodles, like Christmas, food or sports.

Great success in which variation whatsoever is guaranteed!

The proud artists of grade 6 all together! 

Original idea: Experiments in Art Education.

donderdag 22 november 2012

Typical Dutch design (group work)

Made by students of grade 4
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A6 size (postcard)
  2. pencil
  3. markers in red, blue and silver
  4. coloured cardboard
  5. scissors and glue
Discuss with the students things that are typically Dutch : tulips, windmills, clogs, cheese, canal houses, red white blue, etc. Look at  pictures of typical Dutch patterns (google 'Dutch fabrics): red- white or blue-white small squares or stripes or combinations of them.
Let students draw examples of cups and mugs on the digital board: narrow, wide, high, low, with belly, straight, angled, with or without foot, different ears etc.

The goal is to design cup and mugs with a Dutch design. Colour with marker and only use red and blue. Cut and paste all cups stacked on a sheet of coloured cardboard. Outline the stack with  silver.

maandag 19 november 2012

Colourful city

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. pencil
  3. colour markers
  4. black fine marker
What kind of lines do you know? Straight, zigzag, wavy, spiral, edgy etc.
Draw on the upper half of the sheet six different lines from left to right. Draw on the lower half a lot of different overlapping  houses. Start with the front row. Be sure to vary in width and heighth and draw several kinds of roofs.

Choose seven colours. Colour the spaces between the six lines each with a different colour. Use the same colours for the houses of the city. Outline everything with a fine black marker.

Made by a students of grade 5

zondag 18 november 2012

Spider in coloured web

Made by students of grade 2
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. blackoilpastel
  3. autumn leaves
  4. liquid water colour in orange and green
Divide the sheet with a black oil pastel in eight parts: two diagonal lines, one vertical and one horizontal. Draw a web between those lines. Draw one or more spiders in the web.

Colour the different parts with liquid water colour in orange and green.

donderdag 8 november 2012

Zooming in

By a student of grade 5

You need:
  1. three drawing sheets 10 by 10 cm
  2. colour pencils
  3. glue
  4. coloured construction paper
Students draw on the first sheet, an animal or anything they like. Then they zoom in, just like a camera, on a piece of the drawing. This piece has to be drawn enlarged on the second sheet. For the third drawing, a piece of the second drawing has to be enlarged.

For students who find this difficult, it is useful to make a template. This is a piece of cardboard with a hole of 3 by 3 cm. Lay this on the drawing to explain zooming in and to see which part has to be enlarged.

Paste the three dwawings on a piece of coloured construction paper.