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3-Ingredient Art 1/2 Lesson Plans

By on Aug 19, 2010 | 10 comments

3-Ingredient Art is all about simplicity…making the most of what you have and not worrying about purchasing fancy or hard-to-find art supplies. The three lessons featured in my newest PDF are created using three basic products: paper, markers or pastels and paints. How simple is that?

My most popular lessons for first and second grade students are featured. I have done these lessons many times over the years and my students love them.  My special Deep Space Sparkle handouts (that you can only find in my PDF booklets) will help make teaching easy especially if you don’t consider yourself an artist.
 The lessons featured are:

Colorful Clowns: Guide the children through a fun drawing lesson that teaches how shapes make drawing easy. After the drawing, get messy with tempera paint the kids can mix themselves. A wonderful lesson in self-expression with an emphasis on color and paint mixing.

Color-wheel Scarecrows: A great platform for teaching the little ones about primary and secondary colors. The how-to-draw handouts make it easy for you to inspire your students even if you have little art experience.

Elmer the Elephant: Be inspired by the charming tale of Elmer the Elephant. Children follow a simple directed line drawing lesson and then decorate their own “Elmer”. An option to paint a background is included.

Handouts Included:
Scarecrow Idea Sheet
How-to-Draw a Clown
Clown Idea Sheet
How-to-Draw Elmer
Elmer Patterns! Idea Sheet

Each lesson features photo-tutorials, supply list, a “script” or helpful teaching tips for teachers and a gallery of student work. Also included a photo-tutorial for teaching color wheel paint mixing

Only $5

Although the lessons are suggested for grades one and two, they could be adapted for any grade level. This 17-page booklet is available for download.
Click to see 3-Ingredient Art Grades 1 & 2 in the DSS Shop


  1. Welcome back! I've been looking forward to your return to the art blogging world!

    The Peets

    August 20, 2010

  2. I purchased this but unfortunately I can't get it to open on my computer. I've had luck in the past when I have purchased your booklets. Do you have another format I could download from? Thanks


    August 31, 2010

  3. Hi Gwen,
    Can't say what the problem is, but don't worry. If you email me your email address, Neil will send you a direct link.
    Help is on the way!

    Patty Palmer

    August 31, 2010

  4. Hi I purchased 2 of your PDF files about 20 hours ago. I am yet to receive a link or message. I have a couple of emails that may have confused things.Could you let me know what I should do please? Thanks.

    Jane Carrie

    January 6, 2011

    • So sorry!! Found them in my junk box!! Thanks x

      Jane Carrie

      January 6, 2011

      • Yay! Spam boxes are PayPal’s enemy!


        January 6, 2011

  5. I ordered the 3 Ingredient Art 1-2 document and didn’t receive the link to download it. Usually I get an email a few minutes after my order has been placed. What happened?

    Sylvie Malo

    September 30, 2011

    • Hi Silvie,
      Our server has been lagging a bit. Sometimes it can take up to an hour. I have no idea why this happens and it can be very random. often times it has to do with the loads. Regardless, Neil will send you a direct link, so no worries.


      September 30, 2011

  6. forgive my newbie ignorance…what does the 1/2 and 3/4 refer to in the title of these lessons?

    May 6, 2015

    • I have three 3-Ingredient art packages and the numbers refer to grade levels: grade 1 & 2, grade 3 & 4, etc.
      Common question!

      Patty Palmer

      May 7, 2015


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