vrijdag 14 oktober 2016

Happy monsters

You need:

  1. drawing sheets A3 size
  2. markers
  3. tempera paint

Draw happy monsters! Not the scary types, but the nice ones with big eyes. Color with markers, background with tempera. Outline with black marker.

Made by students of grade 6

vrijdag 24 juni 2016

A day at the beach

Artworks made by students of grade 5

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A3 size
  2. white drawing sheets
  3. tempera paint
  4. brushes
  5. scissors
  6. markers and/or pencils
  7. glue
  8. pencils
Talk about a day at the beach: things (to do) on the sand, things (to do) in the water and things (to do) in the air. Talk about people standing in the water: they seem to have half legs!

Cover four tables with newspaper and put three containers with paint on it:
  • yellow and a little brown besides (beach) + two big brushes
  • blue and a little green (seawater) + two big brushes
  • blue and white (air) + two big brushes 
  • white (surf) + two brushes to stamp
Show how to paint the beach: a lot of yellow on the brush and a little brown for the beach (do not mix!). Do the same with blue and white for the air, and blue with green for the sea. Make wavy motions with the brush to accentuate the water. Finish with a white stamping brush for the surf.
While four students are painting, the others can start with the drawing part of this lesson: draw people and things you see on the beach. Color with markers or color pencils. Cut those little drawings and paste them on the beach, the water or in the air.

donderdag 16 juni 2016

Oscar the Octopus

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A2 size
  2. oilpastels
  3. liquid watercolor paint
  4. jar with water
  5. brushes
  6. salt
After a story about Oscar the Octopus and viewing some pictures of squids, students draw a squid in the sea. Big head, big eyes at the bottom of the head, eight tentacles that go over and under each other. These things should be seen in the drawing.

Color with oil pastels and draw patterns. Be sure the tentacles are going over and under each other - this has to be seen in the patterns.  Outline when necessary with a dark color.
Drip some liquid water color on the background after you made it wet. Sprinkle salt  for a great 'watery' effect.
All artworks are made by students of grade 3

dinsdag 14 juni 2016

Olympic athletes

You need:
  1. scissors
  2. glue
  3. white drawing paper A1 size
  4. cardboard in Olympic colors
  5. compasses
Start this lesson with the symbol of the Olympics: the colored rings. What do these rings mean? What colors do they have? How are they placed together? Ask one or two children to take the position of an athlete. What is the position of the legs, arms and body? Ask another student to show another position and discuss it again.
This is a group work for five students. Every group gets a big white sheet, five sheets of colored cardboard (in the colors of the rings: black, yellow, red, blue and green) and at least five copies of the athlete.
Step one: each group member cuts an Olympic ring, using compasses and scissors. Paste this five rings on the big white sheet. Look carefully which ring has to be pasted in front or back, and which ones have to be pasted through each other. Be sure the little cutting line is pasted underneath another ring.

  Step two: Every student takes a copy of the body and cuts every part of it. Then these bodyparts have to be pasted around, in, behind and in front of the Olympic rings.

zondag 5 juni 2016

Japanese notans

Made by a student of grade 6

You need:
  1. white paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. black paper 10 by 10 cm
  3. scissors
  4. glue
  5. cutter and cutting mat
Show pictures of notans  -  there are symmetrical notans, and also non symmetrical. Some notans are abstract, others are figurative.

Discuss the pictures with the students.
What stands out? Is there symmetry in the picture or not? Is the artwork abstract or figurative? Is there harmony in this notan?

Students make their own notan: figurative or abstract. There shouldn't remain any paper!

vrijdag 13 mei 2016

Patterned peacock

Artworks made by students of grade 4

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. color pencils
  3. markers
  4. colored construction paper
  5. glue
Draw a small peacock on the bottom of the white sheet. Draw lines from peacock to the sides and top of the sheet. Color patterns with color pencils or markers or a combination of them. Outline peacock and 'feathers' with a black marker.
Cut the peacock (look at the pictures) and paste it on a colored sheet.

donderdag 12 mei 2016

Fruit in complementary colors

You need:
  1. white sheets 20 by 20 cm
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. oilpastels
  5. watercolor paint
  6. brushes
  7. jar with water

This lesson is originally from Miriam Paternoster's fantastic art lesson website: Arteascuola. 
Follow the link for a description of this lesson and be sure to look around there for more great art lessons!

By students of grade 4

vrijdag 29 april 2016

Birdies on a branch

Made by a student of grade 1

You need:
  1. liquid water color paint
  2. brushes
  3. crayons
  4. white sheet
  5. feathers
  6. glue
Draw a branch with some birdies on it. Their eyes should be big and white! Color the birds with crayons using bright colors. Paint the branch and background with water color paint. Let dry. Draw feet and paste feathers. 

maandag 11 april 2016

Funny houses like James Rizzi

Made by Kalen, grade 4

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet
  2. crayons 
  3. liquid watercolor paint
  4. brushes
  5. jars with water 
James Rizzi was born in 1950 in Brooklyn. He studied art in Florida, 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 colors and brilliant gaiety. In the art press Rizzi is often described as "Urban Primitive Artist '. Rizzi himself says he is influenced by Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet.

Made bij Jade, grade 4

Show some paintings of Rizzi and discuss the characteristics:
  • bright colours
  • no gradations within colours
  • evertything is outlined with black
  • houses have human faces/characteristics
  • the artwork is full and busy
  • background is full too
Students use a dark color crayon to draw a house in Rizzi style, a house with human characteristics like hair, mouth, eyes etc. 
Paint with liquid water color paint.

vrijdag 8 april 2016

The sky is the limit

Golden Gate Bridge, made by Elize, grade 6

You need:
  1. grey paper A4 size
  2. white and black pencils
  3. pictures of famous skylines
During a visit to the Museum in The Hague, I saw an artwork that Escher had made on gray paper. The only colours he had used were black and white. Together with the gray, you do have a lot of colours at your disposal. The Escher drawing I saw then, was the inspiration for this lesson.

Show photos of some famous skylines. Discuss skylines, skyscrapers and remarkable buildings. Ask children to search a skyline on the internet. Print this in black and white and then copy it so you can see the shadows of the buildings (settings light - dark on copyer). Students draw with just white and black pencil on the grey sheet.

Sydney skyline by Adnan, grade 6

vrijdag 11 maart 2016

Printing African animals

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 an African animal with a pencil on the styrofoam. Press to get a print in the foam. 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. 

All artworks made by students of grade 6

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