Sky Color Expressive Art Project



Sky Color Art Project
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds celebrates the creative process with endearing illustrations and simple, but powerful words. I read this book to my K/1st grade combo class and set out to teach a lesson in self-expression. This is what we did:


Each child received a 9″ x 11″ sheet of watercolor paper and access to a tray of liquid watercolor paints. After reading the story the children got a pretty good sense that painting a sky doesn’t need to be blue. We talked about other colors and children began naming their “sky colors”. Using a medium-sized brush, the children painted whatever their sky looked like in their minds. It’s good to note that their imaginations were often interrupted by the sheer joy of painting with liquid watercolors and as a result, most sky colors ended up slightly on the stormy side. Here’s a tip: set out watercolor paint colors that mingle well.


We set the paper aside and I handed out 12″ x 9″ white construction/sulphite paper. With crayons, the children drew a portrait of themselves with their arms extending away from their body. The kids used as few or as many crayons as they wished. The whole idea was to create a flying person. More on that later…


After the drawing was completed, the children cut out their bodies and glued them to the dry watercolor paper. After gluing, they turned their artwork on it’s side to create a flying version of themselves.

Flying Kinders and First graders!


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  • Grade ONEderful

    Those are very sweet. I love the idea of having the little ones experiment with the different sky colours. Thank you!

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  • Amanda

    Hi. I love being inspired by the lesson plans that you have. I used your idea and changed it slightly to work with paper marbeling. I had my students create their marbled paper during their first 45 min lesson. The squeals of delight coming from each child when their paper was revealed is priceless. The second 45 min lesson was spent designing/creating the person that would be flying across their page, then finally assembling their finished artwork. The students loved their finished art (so did I).

  • Annie P

    Once again I am inspired and grateful for your amazing blog. I’m a homeschooling mom and have now used MANY of your projects in our humble little classroom. I’m gaining confidence in teaching art to my kids and we consistently have amazing results with your projects. I love incorporating books and artwork- literacy drives so much of our schooling and it’s a true joy to include art! Thank you!

  • Gabby

    this is awesome!! from GABBY.

  • Tricia

    Wow. Must have been a treat to have lived there. Wish i could have documentated inside…

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  • Ann

    I love this book! Thank you for creating a perfect project for my after-school class of first graders to try! They will love the “flying” portraits.

  • Lindsey Lowrey

    The 21 first graders in my room LOVED this art lesson! Thank you!!!

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