Folk Art Santa

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!

Watch the art tutorial video below…

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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!

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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!

    • doug

      i loved the project

  • Connie

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

  • Valerie

    Well done.

  • Laureen

    I am unable to receive your freebie packets in my email

    • Bethany

      Hi Laureen. If you are having any problems please reach out to Shannon at support@deepspacesparkle.com and she will happily help you get to the bottom of it!

  • Rachael Tharle

    The email link doesn’t arrive in my inbox.
    Can you help please

    • Bethany

      Hi Rachael. If you are having trouble with a download please email Shannon at Support@deepspacesparkle.com and she will help you.

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    • sooks and the del benes

      @soksandthedelbenes are really mean!
      they are a rock band all dogs

  • Jan Wright

    I would love the freebie pack

    • sooks and the del benes

      oh wait thats me

  • sue

    absolutely fabulous. bright happy and fun !! can’t wait to try w my peeps!

  • Samuel Kulikian

    this was SO fun! 😀

  • sooks and the del benes

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  • Chastity

    Well planned, excellent lesson, I gave to my kindergartner as a fun holiday activity. This holiday season we are using various art mediums. We love Deep Space Sparkle. So fun!! Perfect for this homeschooling family.

  • ninateach

    I taught this in my classroom last December, and my 4th graders did such a beautiful job! It’s a great memory. Yesterday, I taught this to my class remotely, and it was a great success. We’re coupling it with a creative Santa Story writing assignment. Such fun and creativity! 🙂

  • Loretta Irvine

    This link does not send an email

    • Bethany

      Hi Loretta! The November Freebie pack was just sent your way and should be in your inbox now! Enjoy!

  • Teresa

    I love your videos and Art hand outs! They are so helpful! We made the turkeys in my 2nd snd 3rd grade Art class and they came out so well! Thank you! You’ve made teaching Art so much fun!

  • Adriane Mitchell

    I love your work!

  • nancy laws

    This is fantastic. I don’t see the pdf link for the santa drawing directions?

    • Bethany

      Hi Nancy! If you scroll down, you should see a yellow download box. When you click that and add your name and email, we will send the pdf directly to your email. Enjoy

  • dawnyelle

    This is a great project to not only introduce media but also reinforce pattern.

  • Sheryl

    The art projects are so engaging. I love them.

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  • Kate

    LOVE your ideas and so do my kiddos!

  • April Barnes

    thank you for sharing your great projects!

  • Sheri Barber

    Can’t wait to have my first graders try this!

  • Tara Stancil

    This looks so fun!

  • Ann

    I am unable to get the free November pack. When I hover over it, nothing happens.

    • Bethany

      Hi Ann! Thanks so much for your interest in our lessons. 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 have found that the Firefox browser doesn’t work on our website and both the Chrome or Safari browsers work best so be sure to try using one of those. Enjoy.

  • kajumaire

    That looks like to do with children. Thanks.

  • Leanne

    Always find inspiration here!

  • Linda Elrod

    Thank you for the resouces!

  • Dana Burton

    thank you

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