Click, Clack, Moo, I Love You Art Project

It’s hard to find a Valentine’s picture book that is perfect for the art room.

The story has to resonate with many age groups.

The illustrations need to be inspiring and have the potential to introduce and explore art techniques.

And it helps if the author an illustrator duo is a classroom teacher’s favorite.

This little love ducky has his arms (wings) full of artsy love and I’ll show you how to do it:

What you’ll need:

For the duck:

  • 12″ x 18″ white all-purpose paper
  • Black oil pastel or crayon (Faber-Castell crayons are super waxed and lovely)
  • Cake Tempera paints OR watercolor paints (yellow and orange)

For the hearts:

  • Small squares (4″ x 4″) of watercolor paper, white all-purpose paper and colored paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Crayons or oil pastel
  • Colored or craft paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Glitter (totally optional!)
  • Cardboard for heart template (cereal boxes are great to use)


  • Fold paper in half
  • Draw two dots for the eyes on either side of the fold close to the top of the paper
  • Draw a shallow letter U under the eyes then the wide bill.
  • Draw lower duck bill.
  • Add two sets of wings with top feather curved to look like a finger (so mister duck can hold his hearts )
  • Draw TWO feet on either side of the fold line.
  • Connect the “finger” with a set of wings that connect with the feet. Repeat on other side.


Fill in the duck with cake tempera paint. Lay down the first layer with a bright yellow then add some orange around the sides of the duck and feet.


Draw a simple heart on the backside of a cereal box or sturdy cardboard. Each child should have access to a heart template but sharing is fine.

Trace 3-4 hearts on a piece of watercolor paper, colored paper, etc. Each artist can decide what type of designs, paint or patterns he would like to add.

Here are some examples:


Cut the watercolor paper into small rectangles that are approximately 4” x 4” 

  • Use a Heart Template & pencil and trace the heart onto the watercolor paper. TIP: Use pre-cut hearts for children ages 5 and below.
  • Using a Gold metallic Sharpie Pen (older kids) or Metallic Oil Pastel (younger kids) draw a series of CONCENTRIC HEARTS by starting in the middle and expanding outwards.
  • OR, draw dots inside circles. Fill space with the circles.
  • Using liquid watercolors for little kids or pan watercolors for older kids, fill in as many positive shapes as you want.
  • Younger children can paint directly over the oil pastel lines. Allow the paint to mingle.


  • Use a Heart Template & pencil and trace the heart onto the watercolor paper. TIP: Use pre-cut hearts for children ages 5 and below.
  • Place a tray of tissue paper on each table. It’s helpful to cut the tissue paper into small squares but kids can do this themselves, too.
  • Paint a layer of Mod-Podge (or watered down glue) on heart and lay tissue paper on top. Then, brush over tissue paper with Mod Podge.
  • After heart has been covered with tissue, sprinkle glitter if desired.


Draw a line from one wing “finger” to the other. This is the string that will hold the hearts.

Glue hearts over the string.

Add bow ties at the end of the string.

Optional Step: Paint the background or leave white.


Click the yellow button in the box below:


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