candy hearts project for students for Valentine's day lesson in the artroom

Candy Hearts Valentine’s Day Project




No doubt you have access to a few candy hearts right about now; I know I do. So instead of gobbling them up, I decided to turn these sweet pastel treats into an art project!

This candy hearts lesson is a great way for kids in grades 3 and above to observe a color and try to replicate the value. You can free-draw the heart or use a template. The older the child, the easier it is to draw a large heart.

Drawing a heart big enough to paint inside is the goal of this art project so if you notice that some children are struggling with drawing the heart, use a template.

Candy hearts art lesson for kids


– Liquid tempera paints

– Paper plates

– 6″ white paper squares

– Pencil

– Black marker

– A few sweet heart candies


Tints are created by mixing white to any hue (color). This might seem rather boring but I tell you, kid’s LOVE watching white paint do it’s magic on a color. It really is all about the paint mixing here, so if you can give each child a small paper plate in which to explore the painting mixing, please do.

Begin by placing a quarter size dollop of white paint in the center of each child’s plate.

Place a candy heart (random colors) on the plate and then squirt a dime-sized dollop of the candy color on the plate too.

Some colors like light teal require three colors: white, turquoise and yellow.

For the older students, using COMPLEMENTARY colors add an authentic darker tone or SHADE to use as the contrast. Although, it just might be easier to use less white for the darker parts of the candy hearts.

Mix the white and colors together until the color is the same as the candy heart.

Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project: Learn how to mix tints


Painting the heart is very quick because the paper size is small (6″ x 6″). This allows the child to create more than one heart. If you are doing this lesson with younger kids (ages 6-8) use a larger 10″ x `10″ paper. The bigger area is more forgiving.

Where the shadows lies on the heart, use a darker color to add as the contrast.

When the heart is done, consider adding a Complementary Color to the background.


This step is optional but very effective for older students (age 9 and up). When paint is completely dry, outline hearts with the black marker. Use cross-hatching to indicate the sides of the candy heart.

Then, if the kids want (and they will!), add a favorite quote.

Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project: Learn how to mix tints

To help with this lesson, click the button below to download a PDF that contains a TINT color wheel, a HEART template and a TINT & SHADE worksheet for your students.

(*NOTE: We recommend downloading the freebie using Chrome or Safari.)

Click here to subscribe
Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project: Learn how to mix tints with free download

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Jade

    This is adorable!! ! However, PDF email link says “page not found”. Thank you!! 🙂

    • Patty

      Go ahead and try again 🙂

      • Jade

        Working now! Thanks!

    • Jenni

      Thanks for saving me for an art project for tomorrow! Looking for something for fourth grade that would be fun and creative and use paint. We will have to finish the next week for the background and crosshatching but I think it’s worth it.

  • Lydia Harrelson

    What a FABULOUS idea!

  • Rachel Hubbard

    Love these! I may have the kids cut the hearts out and put them in pop-up cards… or these would make a really nice Any Warhol study!

    • Rachel Hubbard

      Meant ANDY!

  • Summer

    How do I get the PDF? I clicked on the link and was promoted to sign up for the newsletter. I already get your newsletter, but I signed up again. Now when I go to the website I can’t seem to find it. Please help! Thanks! And love this super cute lesson. Going to try it with 2nd grade. 🙂

  • Summer

    Edit – Please disregard above comment. I checked my email and there it was! Thank YOU!

  • Claudia

    This is fabulous — I did this with my second graders and it was a big hit!


  • Tiffany

    How does the Access PDF work? I got a welcome email, but no pdf. Nor did it take to to a page with a pdf after I typed in my info.

    • Patty

      Once you enter your name and email, you’ll receive the PDF via your email address. Of course, your address must be entered correctly. The email is often sent to spam folders. If you need help, you can contact support@deepspacesparkle.com

  • Kirsten Rehnby

    Great idea for having students learn to make tints!

  • angeknx

    I am also getting page not found. Is there any way to get access to the heart template?

    • Patty

      Hi Ange,
      Scroll down to the Turquoise banner and click ACCESS PDF…just add your email and we’ll email you the freebie! Enjoy!

  • Maureen Keene

    It redirects and says page not found

    • Bethany

      Hi Maureen,
      Scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF…just add your email and we’ll email you the freebie! If you don’t see it in your inbox shortly check your junk folder just in case. Enjoy!

  • claudia

    cant access pdf

    • Bethany

      Hi Claudia! I just double checked and everything is working on our end. If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders to make sure it didn’t end up there. Enjoy.

  • Karen isenhour

    I love this! Great for several grade levels I teach. I am not the art teacher, but our lower grades do not have art in their schedules, so I try to include it in my library lessons when I can. Thanks so much!

  • Anthea

    Adorable, I think this would link in nicely with SPHE lessons. I will ty it with my 2nd class group.

  • Vermelle

    I like the idea of using colors other than ‘red’ for the valentine hearts. Also, thumbs up for including color theory – a nice way to stay in curriculum for this holiday activity.

  • Joni Craig

    I think I will attempt this! In these times, we can all use a little more L O V E…. I am a bit hesitant as I teach kindergarten but if I want them to take risk, so must I. I love the lesson and will do my best.

  • Carrianne Bell

    Beautiful and easy lesson. Thank you!

  • Julie Stout

    I have tried about 3 times to download the valentine heart activity but it hasn’t come through.

    • Bethany

      Hi Julie! I just sent you the lesson via email. Keep your eyes out for it and be sure to check that it didn’t end up in your spam folder.

  • Barbara jones


  • Stacey L Parritt


  • Michelle Frey

    Can’t wait to try this.

  • Mary Jones

    Love this project!

  • Amy

    I love this!

  • Denise Huber

    love these art projects and this site. Thank you so much

  • Meghan

    I love that this is simple, adds some holiday fun, and yet still teaches an element of curriculum! Thank you.

Follow Us

In stores 8/21


The {lesson_title} Lesson is Locked inside of the {bundle_title}

Unlocking this lesson will give you access to the entire bundle and use {points} of your available unlocks.

Are you sure?

No Yes

The {bundle_title} is Locked

Accessing this bundle will use {points} of your available unlocks.

Are you sure?

No Yes



The {lesson_title} Lesson is Locked inside of the {bundle_title}

To unlock this lesson, close this box, then click on the “lock” icon.