how to make a folk art santa art projects for kids

Folk Art Santa



There is something wonderful about dipping a paintbrush into a pot of color and seeing a picture appear. Add an extra flair by allowing the paint to dry and adding layers of colorful patterns with crayons.

This Holiday Folk Art Santa is the perfect subject for this layering style. Grab some Liquid tempera paint ( I use Crayola Artista tempera paints as well as Faber-Castell) and some construction paper crayons and let’s get started.

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Step One: Drawing the Santa

drawing the folk art santa with oil pastel step 1

On a sheet of 12″ x 18″ blue or colored sulphite paper, draw a Folk Art Santa with a black oil pastel or crayon.

Use the Folk Art Santa drawing guide (scroll up to access PDF, or scroll to the bottom of the page) for instructions on how to draw this deceptively simple Santa.

how to draw a folk art santa drawing chalk pastel

Next, fill a paint palette with the following colors of paint:

Red, White, Blue, Purple, Flesh

Give each child a medium round brush or a medium flat brush.

Dip paintbrush into flesh color and paint face. Clean brush on placemat instead of water. Dip into white paint and paint beard.

Paint the background next. Dip brush into blue or purple and then into white. This is called double loading your brush. Learn about double-loading technique here.

Brush the paint all over the background and around the Santa.

Teacher Tip: Keep the brush dry and move in different directions. The background paper should poke through in places.

Clean brush on placemat instead of water. This helps to keep colors vibrant. Dip brush in red and paint Santa’s jacket and hat.

Allow painting to dry before moving onto next step.

Final Steps: Adding the Folk Art Decorations

Color in the boots and mitts with the black oil pastel or crayon.

how to draw and create a folk art santa step 3

Using the Construction paper Crayons, draw patterns over the hat and jacket. Refer to the Pattern Handout in November’s Freebie pack for ideas.

folk art santa step 4 draw the background

Add Santa’s face (eyes, nose and a mouth over his beard), trace over paint-covered lines with black oil pastel and for an extra touch, draw snowflakes with a white oil pastel or crayon.

I’d love to see what your students have created!

folk art santa holiday art project pin for kids

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  • Linda Dahl

    I love all of your art projects!!! Thank you for sharing them.

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  • jamie triplett

    I love all of your projects!

  • Connie

    Excited to do this with my GT students this winter season.
    We did “The Nutcracker” last year.

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