zaterdag 18 mei 2013

Shout it out, like Anwy Warhol

Made by a student of grade 6

You need:
  1. coloured paper 10 by 10 cm, four different colours
  2. crayons
  3. scissors 
  4. glue
Talk about Andy Warhol and his art. Show his artworks and discuss them. What is typical for Warhol?

Draw four identical mouths and colour them with crayons in the same colours as the four sheets. 

dinsdag 14 mei 2013

Portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso

You need:
  1.  blue or brown construction paper A4 size
  2. oilpastel crayons
  3. white chalk pastel
Show some cubistic works of Picasso on the digital board. What do you see? What does the face look like? What happened with eyes and noses? From what point of view do you see the facial parts?

Artworks made by students of grade 6

Students draw with white chalk pastel a portrait in cubistic style. This means eyes or nose or mouth should be drawn from another point of view.
Divide face and hair in several parts. Colour them with oilpastels. Outline face, hair and facial parts with black. Outline the facial parts, face and hairline with black.

zaterdag 27 april 2013

Rollercoaster fun

You need:
  1. oil pastels
  2. drawing sheet
  3. watercolour paint
  4. brush
  5. jar with water
After a school trip to an amusement park, these drawings were made. The goal was to draw what you liked most in the park and make sure you're part of the drawing.
Coloured with oil pastel and then painted with a brush and watercolour paint.

Made by styudents of grade 4

vrijdag 19 april 2013

Melted clocks, Salvador Dalí

Made by students of grade 4

You need:
  1. clay
  2. clay plate
  3. clay roller
  4. knife
  5. glaze
  6. brush
More information about Salvador Dalí, see the lesson High legged elephant in the style of Salvador Dali.

Look at the painting The persistance of memory of Salvador Dali. You can read about this artwork on Wikipedia. Discuss the melted clocks and the symbolism.

Students make a melted clock of clay, like Dalí painted in his artwork. Roll sthin strips of clay for the numbers and hands of the clock.

Bake the clocks in a clay oven and glaze them. Bake again.

Thanks to Willem Wienholts 

maandag 8 april 2013

Starry night, like Vincent van Gogh

Artworks made by students of grade 4

You need:
  1. rectangular canvas
  2. acrylic paint
  3. brushes
  4. color page Starry Night
      Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch post impressionistic painter. His work falls under the Post-Impressionism. When he starts painting, he paints ordinary people like poor farmers who do heavy work. The colours of his paintings are dark (The Potato Eaters).
      He moved to Paris and is impressed by the work of French painters: light and colours are the important things in their work. Van Gogh exchanged the darker colours for brighter colours. The painter Pissaro learns him to paint like the impressionists. Van Gogh changes the dots into stripes.
      After two years in Paris, Van Gogh moved to southern France, where he paints orchards and cornfields.
      In the garden of the hospital in Arles, where he's treated for his depressions, he paints his most beautiful and famous artworks: Starry Night. In 1890 Van Gogh commits suicide.

      Show images of Van Gogh's artworks on the digital board, including Starry Night. Discuss these works: bright colours, litte dashes next to each other in stead of mixed coloures. 

      The students use a colouring sheet of Starry Night to draw on their canvas. This has to be painted like Van Gogh did: short brushstrokes (lift your brush always if you have put a dash)! Do not mix the colours, but put two colours simultaneously on your brush to get the Van Gogh effect. The key is: do not paint like you always do, make little dashes!
      Note: when using acrylics - rinse your brushe is okay, but be sure to dry that brush! The paint is the best when it is used undiluted.

      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!