maandag 7 maart 2016

Bogolan - African mudcloths

Made by two students of grade 6

You need:

  1. black construction paper
  2. tempera paint in brown, white and gold
  3. brushes
Bogolan means: made from mud. A bogolan is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture. The cloths is nowadays being exported wordwide for use in fashion, fine art and decoration. 

Show this educational movie about bogolans. After this, show some pictures of bogolans and discuss colours, patterns and symbols. 

Students have to word in pairs this lesson. Two students get their own black sheet, but have to make one bogolan together - the sheets will be stuck together when finished. So they have to come to agreeements about colours, patterns and symbols. 

woensdag 27 januari 2016

Valentine in the style of Robert Indiana

Made by a student of grade 2

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. water colour paint
  3. brushes
  4. fine black marker
A lesson about the famous LOVE sculpture of Robert Indiana. I used the Dutch word LIEF (meaning Nice, or I like you) 
Fold the sheet in four squares. Draw hearts in each part. Draw fat letters on the foreground. Fill letters and hearts with patterns and paint with water colour paint. Outline with fine black marker. 

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zondag 12 juli 2015


Made by a student of grade 5
You need:
  • water colour paint
  • drawing sheet 25 x 25 cm
  • brush
  • white crayon
  • jarswith water
Dras six popsicles with a white crayon on a white sheet. Paint them with watercolour paint. Paint the background blue, leaving an edge from about 2 cm white.

maandag 13 april 2015

Still life fruit

Made by a student of grade 4

You need:
  1. acrylic paint 
  2. canvas
  3. brushes
  4. bowl with fruit
Talk about still life paintings and show some artworks from famous still life painters. 
Tell students it's all about composition and colour. 
Place a bowl filled with fruit on a table. Students paint this bowl on their canvas. 

zondag 12 april 2015


Made by a student of grade 3
You need:
  1. veggies
  2. white drawing sheet
  3. liquid watercolour paint
  4. crayons
  5. indian ink
  6. brushes
  7. jar with water
Talk about veggies and why we all have to eat them. Show several veggies.

Use crayons to draw several veggies on your sheet. No overlapping.  Just draw the outlines, don't colour them with crayons.
Colour with liquid watercolour paint. Use two colours to make the paint bleed.
Paint the background dark grey with dilluted indian ink.

zondag 14 december 2014

Wooden Xmas trees

Made by students of grade 3

You need:

  1. wood
  2. coloured sheet
  3. Christmas decorations
  4. saw
  5. thumbtacks

zaterdag 13 december 2014

Christmas trees in the snow

By students of grade 2

You need:
  1. large drawing sheets 
  2. liquid watercolour green and red 
  3. oilpastel crayons 
  4. brushes
Draw a wavy line, the ground. Draw several christmas trees. Simple triangles are okay, this lesson is about overlap - not all the trees next to each other. Decorate the trees with balls and garlands and draw presents under the trees. Colour with oil pastels. Use white oilpastel for snowflakes.
Paint with liquid watercolor, the ground has to stay white.

donderdag 11 december 2014

Rudolph with his red nose

All credits for this great lesson and a full step by step instruction on ArtVenturous. I made these cute Rudolphs last year with my grade 1 students.

woensdag 10 december 2014

Little lights for gray days

You need:
  1. grey sheets 
  2. black fine marker 
  3. chalk pastels
Draw a wavy line on the sheet. Draw little circles or ovals and color them with pastels. Wipe the chalk out slightly for a nice halo.

Made by students of grade 1

dinsdag 28 oktober 2014

Halloween cat and window

Made by a student of grade 4
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. liquid water colour paint 
  3. brush
  4. black construction paper 
  5. cutting knife and mat
  6. glue
  7. black marker 
  8. white chalk pastel
  9. carbon paper
  10. pattern
Paint a white sheet with yellow and orange liquid water colour paint. Enlarge the pattern and trace it on the black sheet using carbon paper. Put a cross in the parts that have to been cut. Cut the pattern and paste it on the coloured sheet.
Draw Halloween details with black marker. Use the white chalk pastel for details on the black paper. 


woensdag 3 september 2014

Giraffes can't dance

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. soft pastel
  3. oilpastel
  4. scissors
  5. glue
Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Junge Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ... or can they?

This lesson can be used by the book  'Giraffes can't dance' by Giles Andeae and Guy Parker-Rees.

Read the book of Gerald the Giraffe. After this children draw a giraffe that's trying to dance. Colour with oilpastels. Colour a background with soft pastel. Cut the giraffe and paste it on the background.

Made by students of grade 1 and 2. 

zondag 31 augustus 2014

Buzzzzzing bees

Made by a student of grade 2.

You need:
  1. bubblewrap
  2. paint roller
  3. drawing sheet 
  4. yellow and brown tempera 
  5. yellow pencil
  6. fine black marker 
Roll a piece of bubble wrap in with yellow paint and print it. Let dry.
Make fingerprints in brown paint and let dry.
Draw lines with yellow pencil on the body of the bee.
Draw wings and legs with black fine liner.

donderdag 5 juni 2014

Flowers in front of the windows

You need:
  1. coloured construction paper  
  2. tin foil (cut in pieces before lesson starts)
  3. strips of white paper, 2 cm 
  4. black  construction paper 
  5. white drawing sheets 
  6. tempera paint
  7. brushes
  8. scissors
  9. glue 

This lesson is about the flower pots you'll see in spring and summer.
The students get a large piece of oloured construction paper  for the background. Paste the window in the middle of it, with the white strips on it as a inner frame. Cut a pot from black paper. Draw and paint flowers on the white sheet. Cut them after drying with an edge of 1 cm. Paste them in front of the window. Paste the pot on the flowers. Decorate the pot with paint.

Source: Pinterest.

donderdag 15 mei 2014

Johooo a dodo!!

Made by Neil, one of my students, who is very interested in the Mauritian dodo's.
He used markers and colour pencils  for this artwork. Thanks Neil!

Funny birds like James Rizzi

I came across this great lesson for our first graders on Deep Space Sparkle. What a fun our students had, making these cute little birds in the style of James Rizzi!

James Rizzi was born in 1950 in Brooklyn. He studied art in Florida (Gainesville), where he started experimenting with printing, painting and sculpting. Rizzi’s work often shows his birthplace New York. His paintings look sometimes childishly naive, with the bright colours and brilliant gaiety. In the art press Rizzi is often described as "Urban Primitive Artist '. Rizzi himself says he is influenced byzelf Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet.

Show some paintings of Rizzi and discuss the characteristics:
  • bright colours
  • no gradations within colours
  • evertything is outlined with a black marker
  • the artwork is full and busy
  • background is full and busy too
You need:
  1. white drawing sheets A4 size cut lengthwise
  2. markers
  3. scissors and glue
  4. blue cardboard A1 size for background
Discuss birds in Rizzi's artwork (google onRizzi + birds) and ask students if the typical Rizzi features are in the bird artworks too. 

The goal for this lesson: 
Use oilpastel to draw a bird just like Rizzi did. Use watercolour paint and paint the bird in one or two colours. Paint the background with several colours.

Artworks made by students of grade 1

donderdag 10 april 2014

Sheep in the meadow

Made by a student of grade 2

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 
  2. tempera paint
  3. stippling brushes
  4. masking tape
  5. black and white construction paper
  6. glue
Make a fence on the sheet with masking tape. Draw a horizontal line above the fence. Stamp with different colours the meadow. Do not mix the paint. Stamp some spring flowers too.

Stamp the air in the same way with white and blue.
Remove the masking tape. Do this when the paint is still wet.
Cut some clouds for the body of the sheep out of a white sheet. Cut heads and feet out of black paper. Paste the sheep before the fence. Draw eyes and beak with white pencil.

Source: Artsonia. 

vrijdag 14 maart 2014

Stacked birds

Made by students of grade 3/4

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 40 cm
  2. crayons
  3. liquid watercolour paint
  4. brushes
Inspirated by a picture on Pinterest.
Draw at least three birds sitting on eachothers back. The birds have to get smaller while getting higher. Colour with crayons.
Paint the background with liquid watercolour paint leaving an edge from about 1 cm. 

donderdag 6 februari 2014

The best nest

  1. drawing sheet
  2. oilpastel
  3. liquid watercolour paint
  4. brushes
  5. 3D tape
The best nest for birds in winter is a colourful one! This birdhouse will protect birdies against snow and cold.

Students draw a birdhouse and colour it in with oil pastels. Perhaps there's also a  peanut pendulum on the house. Draw  snowflakes (white oil pastel) and also a layer of snow on the house.
Paint the background with liquid watercolor. Leave about 1 cm white on the edges for an extra winter look. Draw (or print) a bird on another piece of paper and cut it. Paste it in the house using 3D tape for a spatial effect (the pads that are used to create 3D cards).

Made by students of grade 1/2

maandag 13 januari 2014

Made by a student of grade 6
You need:
  1. drawing sheet 21 by 27 cm 
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. colour pencils
  5. fine black marker 
Draw a grid from 3 by 3 cm. Trace a sourcer for a circle. Draw a tree and be sure the branches are within the cirle. Draw patterns in the the tree using a fine black marker. Colour the squares in the circle in warm colours, the squares outside the circle in cool colours. Be sure the difference between under and above the horizon line is visible.

Source: Tiny Artroom

dinsdag 12 november 2013

Autumn birches

Made by a student of grade 6

You need:
  1. drawing sheet
  2. masking tape
  3. tempera 
  4. stippling brushes
  5. charcoal
  6. chalk pastel 
See photos of birch trees and discuss the salient feautures : the long white stem, the gray black lines as a result of the horizontal peeling the bark, the many autumn colours of the leaves. Talk about the colours of the leaves on the floor: in front uou see a lot of different colours, and looking further away they merge into one colour.
Explain how to work with a stippling brush: no mixing colors, but put the brush in several colours at once and then stamp lightly. 

Paste from above a number of strips of masking tape on the sheet in various lengths. Draw a horizon line. Stamp the bottom in several autumn colours, merging into one colour near the horizon line. Stamp the remaining leaves in the trees. There may be green there too! Leave the artwork to dry and then colour the sky with chalk pastel. Pull the masking tape off carefully . Draw with charcoal the specific birch dashes .