Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

An easy watercolor resist lesson that is essential and fun for the early art years. Watercolor resist art project for kids.

Honestly. It’s like the kids have never seen this before. The ooh’s and ahhh’s that result in painting over an area of white oil pastel is worthy of admission. I needed a one-lesson project in order to keep my first grade classes in sync with each other. I whipped out my half-sheets of watercolor paper and a few jars of liquid watercolor paints and offered a quick demo on watercolor resist. Although … Read More →

Paint Like Pollock: Art Project for Grades K-2

First grade kids read the book, Action Jackson, then create a Pollock Painting using a cool technique.

As much as I love creating a big mess with paint, I wasn’t inspired to create a Jackson Pollock art project until I saw this post. I knew the technique of dipping yarn into tubs of paint would be a huge hit with my first graders. And it was. Plus, I could finally read Action Jackson! If you don’t have this book, it’s a must-read about Jackson’s painting process, not to … Read More →

Colorful Painted Owl Art Project

Teach your kids how to draw and paint a cute, colorful owl. Owl art project for kids.

I’ve been playing around with this lesson for a while now. I created this free owl drawing guide and have been taking advantage of it. My third graders used the handout to create a marker and watercolor painting but for my Kinders, I wanted to keep the choices to a minimum. I decided to use yellow chalk to draw the owl (keep on reading to learn why this isn’t the best choice) … Read More →

Sea Turtles Drawing & Painting Lesson

How to draw and paint a sea turtle using simple art supplies.

This sea turtle art project was inspired by this Under-the-Sea Chalk Lesson. To keep the project manageable for first graders, I used just one sea creature–turtles– but switched up mediums. My first graders used oil pastels and cake/puck tempera paints to create these beautiful sea turtles. Download this Sea Turtle Drawing Handout. This is what you’ll need: 12″ x 18″ white sulfite paper Cake or Puck Tempera Paint Black Oil pastel White … Read More →

Easy Cubism Art Project

An easy cubism art project to do with your kids. All you need is card stock and some colored markers.

Cubism is one of my favorite art genres to teach. Because of the influences of contemporary artists (think Romero Britto), children are familiar with how artists transforms everyday objects into geometric shapes. The earlier influences of cubism (Picasso, Klee, Cézanne and Braque) are just as fun and colorful. When I taught my Cubist-Inspired Picasso lesson to Kinders (from Fun with Movements Art Projects) , I drew a fish, cut the fish into sections and shapes. … Read More →

Monsters Love School

Inspired by the book, Monsters Love School by Mike Austin, children pick body parts to create their own unique monster to draw and paint. Fun art activity for boys and girls.

Monsters are always a popular subject for my youngest art students. My go-to monster lesson for this age group has always been Where the Wild Things Are, but this year I looked for a new source of monster delights. Enter Monsters Love School by Mike Austin. In the running for a monster related story was If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Ed and Rebecca Emberley But in the end … Read More →

Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

Three Winter Art lesson for ages 5-8 that focuses on easy art techniques, drawing instructions and literature.

Winter in our Southern California school last a few short weeks and it’s no coincidence that these weeks fall just before the Christmas break. This is the time we talk about snow–and ask kids to raise their hands if they’ve ever seen it for real. This is the time we bring out the snowmen lessons and maybe a few holiday-themed activities. And better yet, this is the time I set up a “snow” … Read More →

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