Romero Britto Inspired St.Patrick's day Art Project

St. Patrick’s Day Romero Britto Inspired 4-Leaf Clover




Romero Britto and Art Class go together like Spring Lamb and fresh mint. Britto’s iconic pop art style, bright colors and inspiring patterns allow for endless possibilities when it comes to creating your own pop art inspired art.

This lesson combines Britto’s colorful style with a 4-leaf clover starter. Kids learn to draw a 4-leaf clover, and add their own Britto-inspired patterns and colors. All you have to do is photocopy the handouts, grab some colored markers and start drawing!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Romero Britto Lucky Clover free download (see below)
  • White cardstock or heavy weight paper
  • Colored broad tip markers like Crayola or Faber-Castell
  • Black broad tip marker (I used a Sharpie pen)


St. Patrick's Day Art Project- drawing the clover


On a sheet of 8 x 11 white cardstock (the heavy weight paper that you can find at office supply stores), draw a border with the black marker. This isn’t a necessary step but it helps contain the patterns.

Draw a small circle in the center of the paper. From the circle, draw 4 hearty-shaped leaves.

On the background or “behind” the clover, draw patterns in the style of Britto. Show a few of Romero Britto’s art and encourage the children to observe the way Britto divided up the art. Look at the way he used intersecting lines, patterns, shapes and markings to create operate spaces within his art.

Once the black outline is completed, put aside the black marker and select you color palette.


St. Patrick's Day Art Project- coloring the art

Color the 4-leaf clover with a selection of green markers. 

Pairing affordable children’s markers with smooth card stock allows the color to sit on top of the paper long enough to color evenly. Some papers, like all-purpose drawing papers, absorb the markers more than necessary.

Color light colors first and try to select the largest empty space for the light colors. It takes longer to color and requires more marker coverage for big areas to look complete. Using a light color really helps mask the imperfections of coloring with markers.

Big areas also benefit from keeping the background white and adding color through patterns.

Use a step-by-step approach when coloring shapes. I like to outline the shape first and then starting at one end, slowly color as if climbing down a set of stairs.


St. Patrick's Day Art Project- selecting the background

After the clover is colored, select a color palette to complement the green. The goal is for the clover to POP. Selecting green hues for just the clover allows the clover to stand out against whatever color a child uses for the background.


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For more marker tips, watch this video

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  • Jane Turner

    Thank you. So many helpful tips

  • Kara

    I would love to have the lesson 🙂

  • Kara Sabatella

    thank you for this super art activity !! This was such a clever idea to make a clover in
    Britto style.

  • Moira Dempsey

    This is fantastic! I’m going to leave out one of the leaves and add a stem and turn it into a Shamrock (Ireland’s National Symbol!). Thanks so much!

  • Elsa Clark

    Hi, used to love your projects. Now they seem so simple for early education.

    • Patty

      Hi Elsa, Most of our free art projects are geared for simplicity so anyone can accomplish them. You’ll find the detailed, art-focused lesson plans for art teachers in our Sparklers Club.

  • Christy Stevens

    Looks amazing, I can’t wait to try!

  • Jamie

    Drawing Guide Please.
    I love this project.

  • Mary Long

    What a fun project! ..and I feel so Lucky to know about DSS!

  • Lilly Garcia

    these are great tips

  • Ellen Merchant

    For some reason, I am unable to download the lesson, can you email me the pdf? I am a member.

  • Ellen

    Nevermind, I got it to work – thanks!

  • Dawn

    email removed

    • Patty

      Hi Dawn,
      Its best not to put your email in the public comments. If you wish to receive the download, just click in the box in the post. Then you can enter your name and email into the secure pop up box.

  • Jennie stoner

    I am going to use this with older adults!

  • Maria Ruiz

    Excited to try this with bold colors. His art is visible throughout South Florida.

  • Marya Dempsey

    I can not find the clover leaf donload

  • Hariti dinesh

    I love the project. My name is Hariti and I am in 3rd grade! You are a great artist. I was born in India

  • Nicholas Sutrisno


  • Johanna Espinosa

    It will be great if I can have the handout. I love this lesson plan

    • Bethany

      Hi Johanna!
      Did you scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF. Just add your email and we’ll send you the freebie! Enjoy!

  • Linda Barsky

    Good fresh idea for the clover.

  • Mary Turner Lomma

    Cool love it

  • Debra

    I love this lesson! Our school mascot is the Shamrock and this will be a great project for the students.
    St. Patrick School, “GO SHAMROCKS!

  • Mark Sherbow

    Thank You

  • Heather

    Not letting me download the PDF.

    • Bethany

      Hi Heather!
      Did you scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF. Just add your email and we’ll send you the freebie! Enjoy!

  • Donna lowman

    Great lesson! My students had a lot of fun with it.

  • Tania Hart


  • Misbah

    Luckily I was doing some lining arts like those SO I would LOVE to do this!!!!

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