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What to do in your art room in April

April is art show month!

All the work you’ve put into your art program and your students are worthy of a celebration, so I hope that you are able to step back and give yourself a pat on the back. 

And remember, if your art show didn’t go as planned, it’s not a reflection of YOU. Keep improving it each year and remember, if the students see it, it’s worth it!

After a good glass of champagne (or Martinelli’s), it’s time to consider seasonal projects:

This sweet little dancing duckling is a perfect spring lesson for your little wee ones! Kindergarteners, pre-kindergarteners and even preschoolers will love to build and create their own frolicking duck while practicing their fine motor skills through tracing and cutting.

The book Dancing Feet by Lindsay Craig was the inspiration for this lesson. The beautifully bright and textured illustrations will engage your students and it is well worth finding a read-aloud on YouTube or checking our from your local library.

Watch a quick video tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/h9gAk3JY93g?rel=0

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If you are looking for other April-themed art activities, here are a few ideas to toss around…

– Recycling

– Art made with recycled materials

– Natural Ground Compositing

– Spring rains

– First bulbs and blooms

– Easter eggs

– Easter baskets and bunnies (Peter Rabbit!)

Favorite Kid Spring Art Projects for April

Here are a few of my time-tested favorite projects to brighten your day:

Painted Paper Duck Use up your collection of paper scraps and delight the little ones with this skill-building project. Download the Freebie Pack for both the Duck and Flowers by following the link above!

Watercolor Resist Flowers I can’t say enough about the success rate of this project. Trick is using a template to help children draw big flowers. The rest is pure magic.

Birds in a cherry tree Have a little more time? These bright, happy birds nestled in cherry trees are quintessential Spring!

Watercolor Tulips A quick, one class project that can be done with almost any grade level. Download the drawing guide by following the link above!

Daffodil Art A few easy and quick ways to draw daffodils. Download the drawing guide by following the link above!

Paint Like Monet An abbreviated version of a project from my book and The Sparklers Club, this project teaches children the art of double loading and how fun it is to paint colorful leaves.  

Petunia Ducks feel quite at home in Springtime and this post shares a very cool painting technique to help little ones gain control over the paintbrush.

Happy Butterflies This is a perennial favorite of mine, especially this time of year as you can use up some scrap paper from your scrap paper box. If you don’t have painted paper, just use colored paper and perhaps use gel sticks or oil pastels to add decoration.

And last but not least…. Let’s take a moment to celebrate our April Birthday Artists who have given the art world so much beauty….

  • Jean Fragonard April 5th
  • Leonardo da Vinci April 15th
  • Joan Miro April 20th
  • (and our own Mister Sparkle, Neil Cutcliffe on April 2nd!)

Sparkle on,


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  • Rae

    Thank you for sharing..the class really lives doing art the deepspace sparkle way.

  • Rose

    Very colourful and engaging a lot of skill set in one lesson. The kids really enjoy what they are capable of , when they see what projects they produce. Definitely a must for kids to do. Thank you very much

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