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Year of the Tiger Art Project | Free Art Lesson for kids

Chinese New Year 2022 | Year of the Tiger Art Project

Teaching students about cultures around the world can help bring them perspective and an expanded world-view. This bright and lively tiger art lesson also offers students an additional opportunity to look within themselves to think about how they’d like to embrace the adventurous spirit of the year of the tiger. 

Chinese New Year 2022 the Year of the Tiger art project for students in the art room classroom with free drawing guide to print

This lesson will work for many grades, but first grade and above is recommended so students have adequate writing skills for the background. 

About Chinese New Year

Each year, 1.5 billion people in China and around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year with festivities and traditions that last for fifteen days. Because the Chinese calendar follows both the sun and the moon, the new year falls on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice, which can fall in either January or February, depending on the year instead of on January first. 

Each year is given the name of an animal instead of a number. Each animal has its own unique characteristics. February first marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, which is thought to bring a year full of big changes and adventures. People born in a tiger year are said to be courageous leaders and love excitement. 

Book Suggestion

The book Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin follows the traditions that one family follows in order to welcome the new year in. With colorful illustrations and simple text, this book is a great way for students to explore some additional traditions associated with the holiday. 

Year of the Tiger kids art lesson book recommendation Bringing in the New Year

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • 9” x 12”  white sulphite paper
  • 9” x 12” orange sulphite paper
  • Oil pastels
  • Pan watercolor
  • Medium round paintbrush
  • Scissors & glue

MAKING THE BACKGROUND

Art lesson for kids rainbow background painting lesson

Start by thinking about several things that you’d like to try this year, or perhaps some adventures that you’d like to have. They don’t have to be realistic, this is an opportunity to dream a bit. 

If working with a class full of students, it can be helpful to generate a sample list with students of some ideas. A few starters that you can use are: 

  • Something I’d like to learn…
  • A place I’d like to go…
  • A goal I’d like to achieve…

Write your ideas across the 9” x 12” white sulphite paper using oil pastels. You can use the same color for each, or switch colors for each thought. Encourage students to write large. 

Once your paper is filled from top to bottom, use pan watercolor to paint the entire background. Again, you can choose one solid color or you can make a pattern, the choice is up to you. 

Let the background dry. 

DRAWING THE TIGER

year of the tiger kids art lesson how to draw steps

We’ve created a handy drawing guide to help you draw the tiger. Download it here by clicking the yellow button below – (*NOTE: We recommend downloading the freebie using Chrome or Safari.)

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Chinese New Year 2022 the Year of the Tiger art project for students in the art room classroom with free drawing guide to print

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  • Kristi

    Love the background

  • lisette

    Que lindo, me encanta, su pagina

  • Britt Curley

    What a sweet idea. I love it!

  • Kristine Dibble

    The download button doesn’t work. 🙁

    • Deanna Neal

      Oh good. I thought it was my computer. [breath]

    • Bethany

      Hi Kristine! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. It’s available now. Just click the download button and we will send it directly to your inbox. Enjoy.

  • Mary

    Always appreciate the inspiration. This goes along with my plan. Thanks!

  • Ginny

    Un buen proyecto. Gracias por compartirlo y que los chicos puedan viajar a través de la imaginación a otros lugares y aprender sobre diferentes culturas

  • msousae

    The link to download doesn’t work. Thx

    • avery

      Sorry about that. It should be working now. I also emailed you the PDF just now. 🙂

  • Virginia

    Love it! I was already adapting to my kinder’s abilities and maybe doing a crayon resist.

  • Robyn Zwicker

    This looks awesome! The download button isn’t working though.

    • avery

      Sorry about that! I just emailed you the PDF.

  • Katie

    The drawing link is not working. Can you please email me the tiger drawing guide. Thanks

    • avery

      I think it’s working now but I did email you as well. Enjoy!

  • lisette

    me encantan sus actividades

  • lisette

    las actividades que proponen , son muy divertidas y animan a los estudiantes de arte

  • Cheryl

    I consistently am unable to send a request for these free downloads. It makes me crazy. I contacted you before and did what you told me to do. It didn’t help.

  • Jill Zhang

    Beautiful work!

  • Mary

    Love this!!!

  • paul semegran

    download for drawing guide does not work

    • Bethany

      Hi Paul! It’s Bethany here from Team Sparkle. Averything is working great with the link on our end. If you click the download button and add your email we will send the link directly to your inbox for you to enjoy!

  • Sarah Donaghy

    The download button doesn’t work

    • Bethany

      Hi Sarah! It’s Bethany here from Team Sparkle. Averything is working great with the link on our end. If you click the download button and add your email we will send the link directly to your inbox for you to enjoy!

  • Em Wittmann

    I cannot get the print button on the left side navigation to work, and when I try to click the downloadable drawing guide nothing happens. Please advise who I can save this lesson and the drawing guide. Thank you!

    • Bethany

      Hi Em! It’s Bethany here from Team Sparkle. Averything is working great with the link on our end. If you click the download button and add your email we will send the link directly to your inbox for you to enjoy! Be sure to check your spam or junk folder to make sure our email didn’t end up there. If you have any other issues you can reach out to us at support@deepspacesparkle.com.

  • LUCILA BALBINO

    I loved it ! Thank you.

  • Michelle Harris

    super cute

  • Shams

    Thanks so much for this, going to work really well with my 4th grade lesson plan

  • Shannon

    This project is awesome!

  • paula

    Hi, the link still doesn’t work. I don’t know if it’s just me, but they often do not work. This looks like a great project, I hope to do it. Thanks so much! ^_^

    • Bethany

      Hi Paula! Everything is working on our end. I just tested it and I received the email immediately after entering my information. You might try using a different browser, or be sure you check your spam or junk folders. If you still can’t find it you can always email us at support@deepspacesparkle.com and let us know what you’re trying to download.

    • paula

      Hi Bethany,
      Thanks for your message. I think I found everyone’s problem. I use Firefox and I thought I would try to install Chrome to get this to download. It worked So I think the problem is for anyone not using Chrome. Maybe you lovely ladies could try to make this compatible for Firefox, too. I think that’s why so many people are having problems.
      Thanks for all your hard work!! Y^_^Y
      paula

  • CONSTANTINA BARKATSAS

    Thank you! That’s a great activity!

  • Lori Frank

    This looks like a fun project. I plan to try it this week.

  • Jesaka Hughes

    This will not download for me, could you please send a copy to my email. Thank you so much!!

    • Bethany

      Hi Jesaka! We’ve fixed the link. If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Enjoy.

  • Sheila

    I am unable to download. Is there another way you can send the project to me?

    • Bethany

      Hi Sheila! 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. Enjoy.

  • claudia Long

    cant access pdf

    • Bethany

      Hi Claudia! Thanks so much for reaching out 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.

  • Sheila

    Can I please get the e-mail of the Year of the Tiger Art Project. It is a great idea!

    Thanks!

    • Bethany

      Hi Sheila! If you’d like to receive the lesson you can click the download button and add your email address and we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Enjoy.

  • Claudia Stannard

    I love this! Can’t wait to receive the download. Thanks so much!

  • Carol

    Cute project. I actually used it for kindergarten and we drew symbols to represent what we wanted to do (ie: waves for swimming, sun for outdoors, people for family and friends, ice cream for treats, etc). I was looking for the I Can statements. Could you provide them please? I really don’t care about them, but the administration seems to love them. Thanks for your help!

    • Bethany

      Hi Carol! You must be a member of The Sparklers’ Club! The lessons that we offer for free here don’t include I Can statements unlike all the lessons inside The Sparklers’ Club membership. Sparklers’ Club lesson come with I Can statements and are aligned with the NCAS standards and we have all the matching done for you! The corresponding NCAS standards (and Common Core connections) are listed in each lesson plan for the appropriate grade level. If you are looking for Chinese New Years inspired lessons that include I Can statements you could look at the Tiger lesson in the Emotion and Self Expression bundle.

  • Wendy

    Download button not working for me.

    • Bethany

      Hi Wendy! Thanks so much for requesting our lesson! If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the pdf directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your spam folder in case our email ended up there on accident. The download hasn’t been working as well if you use the Firefox browser so be sure to try using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Kristie

    Hi – download is not working. Can you please email it to me?

    • avery

      Hi Kristie, you can find your download in your inbox now. A little note: The downloads don’t always work over Firefox. We recommend using Chrome or Safari. 🙂

  • KHughes

    Hi, could I get the PDF emailed to me! Such a gorgeous idea! Thanks :o)

    • Bethany

      Hi there! Absolutely! Just click the “click to download” image, add your name and email and we’ll send it to you! We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Aoibheann Dalton

    hi can you email me free tiger download please

    • Bethany

      Hi there! Absolutely! Just click the “click to download” image, add your name and email and we’ll send it to you! We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Gemma

    Hi, the download button doesn’t work! Could you please email it to me? It looks great!

    • Bethany

      Hi there! Absolutely! Just click the “click to download” image, add your name and email and we’ll send it to you! We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • katie.kelleher90

    The download wont work for me. Could you please send it to my inbox!

    • Bethany

      Hi there! Absolutely! Just click the “click to download” image, add your name and email and we’ll send it to you! We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Raquel

    We tried this yesterday and the children LOVED it! This is so refreshing for someone who is not an art teacher and is artistically challenged.

  • Aoife Treacy

    Great resource

  • Fiona

    Hi can you email me the template please?

    • Bethany

      Hi Fiona! Hi there! Absolutely! Just click the “click to download” image, add your name and email and we’ll send it to you! We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Kate

    Can I have the download please?

    • Bethany

      Hi Kate! Absolutely! Just click the “click to download” image, add your name and email and we’ll send it to you! We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • DOMNA PANAGOPOULOU

    Lovely!!!

  • Sonja Murphrey

    Download button doesn’t work for me. Such a cute, fun project.

  • eugenia

    lovely thank you

    • Heidi Morgan

      Ugh The drawing link is still s not working. Can you please email me the tiger drawing guide. Thanks

      • Bethany

        Hi Heidi! I just tested it myself and it’s working on our end! Just add your name and email and we’ll send it directly to your inbox. We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

        • Jesaka Hughes

          Still not working!!!! Please send me a PDF

          • Bethany

            Hi Jesaka! I just tested the link and everything is working on our end. Are you using Firefox as your browser? We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with a Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. If you add your email to the box we will send it directly to your email address. Be sure to check your spam or junk folders. You can also reach out to us at support@deepspacesparkle.com for more help.

  • Klair

    Love this! My second graders were so engaged, and it was fun to read their hopes and dreams. We added a little tiger face and paws poking out of the top of the paper so that we didn’t have to cover up what we wrote. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • Mallary

    Can you please email me the PDF the download button was not working? thank you!

    • Bethany

      Hi Mallary! 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. We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with a Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Lauren Stewart

    Hi! The link isn’t working for me to download the drawing instructions! Would you mind emailing me please ☺️

    • Bethany

      Hi there! The download is all good on our end. I just sent you another copy. Reach out to us at support@deepspacesprkle.com if it gives you any trouble. Be sure to check your Spam folder in case the email was sent there. Enjoy!

  • Lena

    That ist such a cute idea. ❤️

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