maandag 15 maart 2021


 You need:

  1. white construction paper 10 by 10 cm and 15 by 15 cm
  2. oilpastel
  3. soft crayons
  4. white drawing sheet
Draw a frame around the drawing sheet at 1 cm from the edge. Color the background with oil pastel, pastels or a combination of these. Only use the colors yellow, green and blue.
Draw two flower stems with green oil pastel. 
Fold two snowdrops from the white sheets. Stick them on the work. 

Elements of art: color, nuance. 

zondag 7 februari 2021

Design a chips bag

 You need:
  1. drawing paper 
  2. pencil
  3. pictures of chips bags 
  4. color pencils
  5. black marker 
Look at chips bags and discuss what stands out. 
  • the name of the chips is usually at the top of the bag
  • the name is large and sometimes in 3D letters 
  • bright colors
  • taste and weight is on it
  • it has an image of one or more chips 
  • special features can be on it, like New, Party Pack or Less Fat 

Draw the wavy outlines of a chips bag. Think of a name and flavor for your chips. Draw the name on the bag in large 3D letters. Draw some chips on the front. Write the weight on the bag and some details. 
Color with color pencils or aquarel pencils. Outline letters and details with a fine black marker. 

Thanks to Pascal Cuijpers and his students (Connect College, Echt - NL) for this lesson. 

donderdag 21 januari 2021

Covid haircut


made by a student of grade 5

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet 
  2. pencil
  3. color pencils
Hairdressers have been closed for a while because of the epidemic …. what consequences does that have? 

How do you look now? Or your parents? Or a famous person? 

Draw a portrait of yourself or someone else with a Covid haircut. 
Choose which materials you use and whether you draw in black and white or in color.  
Difficult to draw a portrait? No, watch this video about face proportions. 

Beeldaspecten: vorm, lijn, ruimte. 

Collage in one color

 You need:

  1. several things in one color 
  2. camera

This is a homeschooling assignment. 
1. Collect small items of the same color in your house. The more, the better!
2. Place them on a white surface. 
3. Your items may touch each other, but don't have to. 
4. Make sure the edges are straight.
5. Take a picture of your collage.
6. Send the photo to your teacher. 
Elements of art: space, color. 

The photo's and collages are made by students of grade 2.

maandag 28 december 2020

Stained glas animals

made by students of grade 5

You need:

  1. black construction paper 
  2. wax paper in several colors
  3. white pencil
  4. ruler
  5. cutting mat 
  6. cutting knife
  7. glue

A stained glass window is a window in which several pieces of (mostly colored) glass are stuck in frames of lead. Stained-glass windows were made in times when it wasn't possible yet to make a window in one piece. We see those stained glass windows in old houses, but especially in churches. The light from outside enters in multiple colors into the church. 

View stained glass windows and tel about their origin and the effect of the colored light.  

Use a white pencil to draw an animal on the black sheet. Draw at least three lines from the animal to all edges of the sheet. Divide the animal into some surfaces. 
Make all lines 1 cm wide. Hatch the surfaces between the 1 cm lines with the white pencil.
Cut the white area's. When ready, use the black sheet as a template to draw the pieces of wax paper. Cut them out with an extra 0,5 cm and stick them behind the window. Make sure that there are no two same colors next to each other. 

Elements of art: line, shape, color. 
Technique: cutting.
Connecting with: history. 

zondag 13 december 2020

3D winter or Christmas scene

made by students of grade 5/6

You need: 

  1. white cardboard 21 by 21 cm
  2. colored glace paper 14,5 by 14,5 cm
  3. cutting knife 
  4. cutting mat
  5. glue

Too difficult or not enough time? Skip step 1 and 2. 

Step 1
Draw a square at 2 cm from the edges, this is the outside of the frame. 

Step 2
Draw in this square another square at 3 cm of the edges: this is the front of the frame.  

Step 3
Draw in the 15 by 15 cm square a simple winter or Christmas scene.  Make the lines 1 cm wide and make sure they are on 4 sides attached to the 1 cm wide frame. See pattern below. 

Step 4
Color the parts you have to cut out grey.  

Step 5
Cut out the grey parts. 

Step 6
Cut the corners diagonally, see pattern. 

Step 7
Fold the lines of the 15 by 15 square. 

Step 8
Stick the corners.

Step 9
Stick the glace paper in the frame. 

Elements of art: line, form, space.


vrijdag 27 november 2020

Scratch a Christmas ball

You need:
  1. drawing sheet
  2. oli pastels or crayons
  3. black tempera paint 
  4. brush
  5. alufoil 
  6. ribbon
  7. toothpick or skewer
Color the sheet with crayons. Paint it over with black tempera paint and let dry. Scratch with a toothpick or skewer a Christmas ball and fill it with patterns. 
Cut a small piece of aluminumfoil and paste it on the ball with a folded ribbon under it. 

made by students of grade 6

Elements of art: line (pattern)

zaterdag 21 november 2020

Winter tree in warm-cool colors

 You need:

  1. drawing sheets 25 x 32,5 cm
  2. crayons
  3. watercolor paint
  4. black tempera 
  5. brushes
  6. jar with water
With crayon: draw a horizonline and a tree trunk from the bottom of the sheet. Draw branches that touch the edges of the sheet. Draw a pattern in the landscape below the horizon. 
With watercolor paint: paint the sky. Paint the surfaces between the branches in warm or cool colors. Paint the surfaces in the landscape: warm if you first chose cool, cool if you first chose warm. 
With tempera: paint the branches and trunk black. 

Elements of art: color (warm and cool), space, line (pattern)

artworks made by students of grade 4

zondag 8 november 2020

Same insect - different colors


made by student of grade 1

You need:
  1. drawing sheets A5 size
  2. crayons
  3. liquid watercolor paint 
  4. brush
Draw two the same insects and color them with crayons: one with cool colors, the other with warm colors. 
Paint the background with dilluted watercolor paint: warm colors for the 'warm' insect, cool colors for the 'cool' insect. 

Element of art: color.

vrijdag 30 oktober 2020

Mondrian, a bit different

 You need:

  1. white drawing sheet
  2. markers
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
Draw a Mondrian, but change one of the elements of art. For example: 
  • do not draw squares and rectangles, choose another geometric shape
  • do not color with primary colors, choose maximum four other colors
Draw your alternative Mondrian and color it with markers. Outline with black marker. 

Elements of art: color, shape, line. 

donderdag 29 oktober 2020

Mondrian in chalk pastels

 You need:

  1. black construction paper 
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. chalk pastels 
  5. Elmer's glue 
  6. fixing spray
Look at and discuss about the artwork of Piet Mondrian.

Draw squares and rectangles on the black sheet using a pencil and a ruler. trace the lines with Elmer's glue. The glue will become transparent when it has dried. 
Color the squares and rectangles with soft pastels in white, black, red, yellow and blue. Instead of black pastels, you can leave some areas open. Be sure you don't get two areas of the same color next to each other. 
Fix the work with hairspray or fixative spray. 

Elements of art: color, shape, line. 

Still life with fruit

door leerlingen van groep 5

You need:
  1. corrugated cardboard
  2. scissors
  3. white drawing sheet
  4. tempera paint
  5. brush
  6. glue
  7. colored construction paper
Vies and discuss still lifes of fruit in different styles (for example Caravaggio and Cezanne). How is the fruit arranged? Why at that way? Which parts are light and which parts are dark? What does that mean? 

Provide each group of students with a bowl of different fruit types. Students paint the fruits (no drawing first!) after a good observation. 
Cut a fruit bowl out of the cardboard. Cut out the fruits with a small white edge. Stick the fruits on a colored sheet, be sure to let them overlap each other. Stick the cardboard bowl. Some fruits will partly disappear in it. 

Elements of art: space, color, value. 

donderdag 22 oktober 2020

Keith Haring figures on tissue paper

made by students of grade 3

You need:
  1. colored tissuepaper
  2. white drawing sheet
  3. jar with water
  4. brush
  5. scissors
  6. templates of Haring figures
  7. pencil
  8. black marker

Choose 2 or more colors of tissuepaper. Fold them in 16 squares. Cut out. 
Take a sheet of drawing paper, make it wet with a brush and water. Lay the pieces of tissue paper on this wet sheet and see how they bleed. Fill the whole sheet and be sure to use enough water. 
Let dry and remove the tissue papers. 
Cut two or more Haring templates and outline them with a pencil. Trace those lines with black marker and trace them again to make nice bold lines. 

zondag 18 oktober 2020

In 'The Factory' of Andy Warhol

made by students of grade 1

You need: 

  1. colored paper 12 by 12 cm
  2. black construction paper 50 cm by 15 cm 
  3. tempera paint
  4. brushes
  5. apples
  6. glue
  7. black marker 

Tell about Andy Warhol's Factory. 

First lesson: "We are going to work today in the factory of Andy Warhol. Choose four colored sheets. Make apple prints in complementary colors: on a blue sheet you print an orange apple, on a red sheet you print a green apple etc."

Let dry and paste the colored sheets on black construction paper.

Second lesson: make a second print in a complementary color: on the orange apple you print a blue one etc. Let dry. Outline the apples with a black marker and add seeds and stem. 

vrijdag 16 oktober 2020

Pumpkins like Yayoi Kusama

made by a student of grade 4

 You need:

  1. black construction paper
  2. colored paper
  3. black marker
  4. black fineliner
  5. scissors
  6. glue
  7. white pencil
Yayoi Kusama (1929) is a Japanese artist. She creates paintings, sculptures and large installations with mirrors and lots of light symbolizing infinity. All her artworks have one thing in common: polka dots. That's why she's affectionately known as 'the princess of polka dots'. 
From an early age Kusama wanted to make art, but her traditional Japanese parents didn't like this. That's why Kusama left for NewYork and joined artists there, including Andy Warhol. 

By adding all-over marks and dots to her paintings, drawings, objects and clothes she feels as if she is making them (and herself) melt into, and become part of, the bigger universe. She said:

‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment’.

View and discuss artwork of Kusama. 
  • use of large and small polka dots 
  • backgrounds are often filled with triangles
  • use of bright colors
  • her installations suggest infinity
Draw three pumpkins on the colored sheets and cut them. Draw bigger and smaller dots on the segments with markers. Draw triangels on the black sheet with a white pencil - start with a zigzag line. Paste the pumpkins on the black sheet.

zondag 27 september 2020

Pumpkin, like Burton Morris

 You need:

  1. several colors construction paper
  2. black cardboard 20 by 20 cm
  3. colored cardboard 20 by 20 cm
  4. scissors
  5. glue
  6. black marker
Burton Morris (Pittsburgh, 1964) is an American pop-art artist. He is influenced by pop-art artists from the 60's and 70's, like Warhol, Lichtenstein and Haring. Now he is one of the most famous modern post pop-art artist. Morris's work shows a contemporary twist to traditional pop-art. His work is cheerful, energetic and colourful. His characteristic lines with the bright colors give his work a fantastic energy. Morris's work is known of tv-series like Friends and also appears in major advertising campaigns by U.S. companies like AT & T, Pepsi and Heinz. 

To see a step by step description with photos', see my other post about Burton Morris

And read the mail I got from Burton Morris when he came across my lesson of 2011: 

Dear Jacquelin,

I came across your blog and saw your student's artworks. I am truly touched that you honored my artwork in your teaching lessons and hope it was a success and inspired the children! 

I hope to show again in the Netherlands one day and feel free to keep in touch.

Your friend,
Burton Morris

donderdag 17 september 2020

Blue dotted paper mache plates and bowls


You need:

  1. plate or bowl
  2. newspaper strips
  3. wallpaper paste
  4. white wall paint
  5. tempera paint
  6. cotton swabs
Cover newspaper strips with wallpaper paste on bowl or plate. Be sure to have 6 layers. Let dry.
Remove the paper mache carefully. Paint it white with wall paint. Let dry.
Use cotton swabs to print patters of blue dots. 

zaterdag 12 september 2020

The birds of George Braque lesson 2

artworks are made by students of grade 4

This is lesson 2 about George Braque. First lesson: click here.  

You need:

  1. blue construction paper 
  2. colored paper
  3. scissors
  4. glue

George Braque (1882-1962) was a French painter and sculptor. Together with Picasso he was founder of cubism.
After is cubist time, Braque painted simplified figurative paintings of landscapes and still lifes with musical instruments and bottles. Remarkable are the letters and nummers Braque added to his works.
When Braque became ill, he was no longer able to paint. He turned to making color litographs of simple bird silhouettes. The same birds you that can also be seen in one of the ceiling paintings of the Louvre in Paris.

Look at the artwork Les oiseaux of George Braque.  

  • simple shapes (silhouet)
  • white outlines
  • blue background
  • geometrical shapes: stars and moon 

What do you have to do: 
Draw at least three silhouettes of birds on colored paper. Cut them. Cut geometrical shapes out of paper scraps. Paste everything on the blue sheet.  

Elements of art: shape, space.
Techniques: drawing, making a collage, cut and glue 

maandag 7 september 2020

The flowers of Andy Warhol

You need:
  1. black construction paper A4 size
  2. brushes
  3. tempera paint
  4. scraps of colored paper
  5. scissors 
  6. glue
Andy Warhol - popart
Andy Warhol (1928-1897) was an American painter, photographer and filmaker. He started his working life as an advertising artist and became an artist in the early 1960's. He
 introduced everyday consumer products into his artwork, such as Campbell's soup cans and Coco Cola bottles. 

Warhol is one of the leading artists of Pop art. 
Using printing techniques he created large series of works of Marilyn Monroe or political themes such as the electric chair. Warhol used photographs of others to edit.
The Flowers series clearly show how Warhol applied the silkscreen printing technique. We see the flowers of the rare Hibiscus fragilus.  
The Flowers series are also seen as Warhol's answer toe Van Gogh's famous paintings of sunflowers and Claude Monet's artworks of water lilies. 

Stamp green and yellow tempera on a black sheet of paper leaving about one inch of the edges black. Let dry. 
Cut at least four flowers with five petals from scraps of colored paper. Do not draw in first, but cut by hand. Stick the flowers on the black sheet. No overlap. 

Elements of art: shape, color

woensdag 26 augustus 2020

Birthday calendar in one color

You need:

  1. drawing sheet
  2. tempera paint
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
  5. black marker
Draw with pencil a geometric shape in the middle of the sheet. Draw horizontal and vertical lines to divide the background in rectangles. Do the same within the shape. Paint the rectangles in values of one color, using a basic color + black and white. Start with the lightest color. 
Outline all shapes with black marker.

Elements of art: color, line, shape, value