Saturday, December 25, 2010

Owls in the night

You need:

  1. blue construction paper 15 by 20 cm
  2. white tempera paint
  3. piece of cardboard
  4. brush
  5. saucer
  6. paper towel
  7. fine black marker
  8. yellow pencil


Draw a moon and colour it with yellow pencil. Paint the bottom of the blue sheet white with tempera paint.



Put a paper towel on a saucer. Put a stripe of white tempera paint on the towel. The paper towel will function as a stamp pad. Dip the edge of a piece of cardboard into the white paint and print a trunk. Drag the cardboard a bit to create a thicker trunk. Print several branches. Be sure to leave some space between the branches for the owls.



Use a fingertop and white paint to print the body of the owls. Leave the work to dry.



Draw eyes with a yellow pencil. Outline the eyes with a fine black marker. Draw details like feathers, beak and legs.



Print snow flakes using a q-tip or the end of a brush.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Penguins and polar bears

Made by Jorine, grade 6

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. plastic wrap
  3. watercolour paint
  4. brush
  5. jar with water
  6. black waterproof marker
  7. white tempera paint
  8. orange marker
  9. glue
  10. coloured cardboard
  11. white pencil

Paint a part of the sheet with blue water paint. Use lots of water. While the paint is still wet, push plastic wrap on it to create floes and then leave the sheet to dry. Remove the wrap.

Use a waterproof black marker to draw several penguins. Colour the black parts and draw wings. Use white tempera to paint the bellies. Leave the work to dry and draw eyes and beaks.

Draw a polar bear on the ice. Trace the pencil lines with a fine black waterproof marker. Paint the bear with white tempera paint, including the black lines to make them a bit hazy.
Paint the background with a mixture of white tempera and a little blue. In the example the mix is made of white tempera and the blue rinse water of the water paint.

Paste the work on a coloured background and draw ice crystals along the edges with a white pencil.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Come on, let's make a snowman!

You need:
  1. blue construction paper A4 size
  2. oil pastels
  3. pencil
  4. white tempera
  5. brush

Students sketch a part of a snowman on blue paper. Sketch the hat and scarf and other items too. By choosing an incomplete snowman, students are forced to draw big. An additional advantage is that there remains some to imagine, because wwhat would your snowman look like if he filled the complete sheet?

Tell students that they begin to colour with white. This is to prevent the other colors will mix with white, and to be sure the white crayons will remain white! When the artwork is ready, outline everything with black oil pastel. Paint snowflakes around the snowman with white tempera paint and a sturdy brush.

Made by students of 10-11 years old

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let it snow!

You need:
  1. black construction paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. white tempera paint
  3. saucer
  4. paper towel
  5. fine markers in black and white
  6. metallic gel pens

I found the idea of printed snowmen in one of Usborne's activity books. With music lines, I made my own lesson of it.

Draw curved music lines with a white or silver pen on the black sheet. Put a piece of paper towel on a saucer so it can serve as a stamp pad. Drip some tempera paint the paper towel. Use your thumb to stamp the bodies of the snowmen. Add a fingerprint for a head.

When the paint is dry, you can add eyes, nose, mouth, arms, buttons etc. Use gel pens and markers. Draw some music notes on the lines and write the lyrics of a winter song belof the lines.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas stamp



You need:
  1. brown paper bag
  2. markers
  3. correction fluid
Draw a little Christmas scene on a piece of a paper bag. Colour it with markers. Colour the white pieces with correction fluid. Outline everything with a fine black marker. Draw serrated edges with black marker or cut the stamp with pinking shears.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Angelic students

You need:
  1. paper doily
  2. black construction paper A4 size
  3. silver thread
  4. little silver clothespins
  5. glitter
  6. glue
  7. scissors
  8. black white photograph of the face
  9. cotton wool balls
Give all students a sheet of black construction paper and a doily. Fold the doily in eight parts. Cut two wings, both 1/8 part of the doilie.
Paste a photograph of your face on the black sheet. Take half of the doily and form a dress. Paste it spatial. Paste the wings behind the dress on shoulder hight.
Cut two pieces of the silver thread, the legs, and paste them under the folds of the dress. Paste two clothespins, the feet. Cut arms from a scrap of white paper. Paste pieces of cotton wool on the hair. Decorate with glitter.

Made by students of 11-12 years old

Thanks to Anneriek Adema, Dokkum

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Colourful Christmas trees

You need:

  1. two drawing sheets A4 size
  2. watercolour paint
  3. brushes
  4. jar with water
  5. tissue paper
  6. scissors
  7. glue
  8. ruler
  9. pencil
  10. gold or silver marker
  11. white correction marker
  12. glitter

Paint a background for the Christmas trees with water paint. Use different colours and let them blend into each other. Use plenty of water for nice bright colours.

Choose three colours of tissue paper. Fold the sheets several times and cut triangles and squares. Take a sheet of drawing paper and make it wet with a brush and water. Lay the pieces of tissue paper on this wet sheet. If the tissue paper is not wet enough, it won't bleed. Then make it wet again with a brush with water. Fill the sheet with these tissue paper parts and leave it to dry. Remove the pieces of tissue paper from the sheet when it is completely dry. The sheet will look like this:


Cut long triangles from the sheet that was coloured with tissue paper. You may use the schedule above (based on A4 size sheet of 21 by 29 cm - half cm will remain on both sides then). You can cut a piece from the bottom of the triangles if you want trees of various heights.

Paste these three trees with overlap on the water paint background. Don't paste the trees all at the same height, so you get depth. Cut some smaller triangles from the left overs if you want more trees.

Outline the trees with silver or gold marker. Draw a simple branch structure. Draw the strains with brown pencil or use the metallic pins. Draw snowflakes around and on the trees with a white (correction) marker or use chips from the punch. rond en op de bomen. Paste the artwork on a coloured background. Sprinkle some glitter on the forest floor.

All artwork is made by students of 11-12 years old

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wooden Christmas tree

Made by a student of 7 years old

You need:

  1. plywood 14 by 18 cm
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. jigsaw
  5. nails
  6. hammer
  7. tempera paint
  8. brush
  9. block of wood 6 by 3 by 1 cm
  10. 2 blocks of wood 5 bij 2 bij 1 cm
  11. small Christmas decorations
  12. silver cardboard
  13. glue

Draw on the narrow side of the plywood a dot on 9 cm. Draw two lines from the corners below at this dot so you get a triangle. Saw this triangle. Paint it green with tempera paint. Spike at different spots on the front and back of the tree little nails for the Christmas decorations.

Create a standard of three blocks of wood by pasting the smaller blocks with a half cm space between them on the largest block. Paint the standard. Hang the balls and garlands on the nails. Cut a double peak out of silv and paste the two pieces together. Paste the peak on the tree.
Decorate the tree with little clocks, balls, socks, garlands etc.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas tree in strips

Made by a student of 11 years old

You need:


  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. black construction paper A4 size
  3. tempera paint
  4. brush
  5. advertising leaflet with Christmas decorations or aluminum foil or scrapbooking paper
  6. glue
  7. glitter stars
  8. small piece of brown paper
Paint a white sheet with a broad brush and undiluted green tempera paint. Apply patches or streaks of different colours, to make the green sheet more vivid. Let the sheet dry.


Tear a trunk out of brown paper. Tear strips of the painted sheet that are about the same width. Place the paper strips on a black sheet in the form of a Christmas tree; the strips have to become slightly shorter. Put the trunk below the bottom strip and paste it. Paste the green strips, so that the trunk disappears partly under the lower strip.

Cut balls and a peak out of aluminium foil or advertising leaflets. You can also use scrapbooking paper. Paste balls and peak on the tree. Cut squares and rectangles (presents!) of coloured paper and paste them under the tree. Paste glitter stars around the tree.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas angel


You need:

  1. pattern angel (download picture)
  2. cardboard in pink, white and another colour
  3. carbon paper
  4. two wobbly eyes
  5. four split pins
  6. wool
  7. red marker
  8. glitter
  9. glue
  10. scissors

Pattern angel: click, enlarge and print


Use carbon paper to draw head, hands and feet on pink cardboard; draw the wings on white cardboard and the dress and sleeves on another colour. Arms should be drawn twice, the second one in mirror image. Cut all these parts. Copy the pattern of the bag of the dress on coloured paper and cut it. Paste this bag on the dress.

Paste the arms under the sleeves, about a half cm. Prick holes in the dress and the sleeves and fix the sleeves with split pens on the dress. Paste the wings on the back of the dress; be sure you don't paste the sleeves. Paste the head on the dress. Paste the eyes and draw a nose and a mouth on the head.

Cut two pieces of wire of about 7 cm. Prick two holes in the bottom of the dress and add split pens. Fix the wire legs on the split pens. Paste the feet on these legs.

Cut some short wire for the hair and paste them. Take a longer wire for that can serve as a hook. Decorate dress and wings with glitter and stars.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas gift paper bag

You need:
  1. brown paper bag
  2. markers
  3. scissors
  4. ruler
  5. glue
  6. pattern gift bag
  7. piece of rope of 25 cm
  8. punch

Pattern: click and print.

Print the pattern. Let students copy the pattern on a paper bag. Cut it.
Make a Christmas drawing on one or both sides of the bag and colour it with markers. The snow in the example is made with correction fluid. Or make a drawing on a white sheet and paste this one on the bag.
Fold the lines. Paste the bag, starting with the side and finishing with the bottom.
Use a punch to make holes in the bag. Pull a rope through the holes to get two rods and tie it.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cityscape at night


You need:

  1. black construction paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. oil pastel
  3. white tempera paint
  4. some drops of dishwashing detergent
  5. brush
Students draw the outline of simple houses on black paper. Behind the high ones, in the front the lower ones. Colour the houses with oil pastel. Draw and colour a behind the houses.
Mix some drops of dishwashing detergent with tempera paint. This keeps the paint to stick to the oily chalk. Outline the houses and moon with the white paint. Finally paint windows and doors.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dutch December skyline




You need:

  1. black construction paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. chalk pastel
  3. coloured pencils
  4. white sheet A4 size for stencil
Draw a skyline with roofs of Dutch canal houses on the white sheet. Cut it. Choose a colour to stencil with. Rub chalk on the stencil. Use a tissue or your finger to rub the chalk off the stencil on the black sheet, to create the soft looking skyline.
Turn the stencil and take another colour to repeat this process. Students may also exchange the roof with your neighbour, to get different skylines.
Draw a moon with chalk pastel. Draw windows in the houses and colour them with a yellow and/or white pencil.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Paper bag city

Made by a student of grade 2

You need:
  1. white drawing sheets A3 size
  2. tempera paint in blue, white and black
  3. brown paper bag
  4. scissors and glue
  5. brushes
Torn some typical city center buildings in various forms out of brown paper bags. Paste them on a white sheet. In front of the high buildings we see smaller ones (overlap). Paint a blue or grey blue sky on the sheet. Use different colours of blue and grey. Outline the buildings with black tempera paint. Paint windows and doors. Hang all artworks together to create a long street.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I love Holland

Made by students of grade 6

You need:

  1. two pieces of linoleum of 12 by 12 cm
  2. white drawing paper
  3. lino knives
  4. block printing ink in red and blue
  5. flat piece of glass
  6. linoleum roller
  7. lino press
  8. cardboard in red and blue
  9. scissors
  10. glue
What are typical Dutch things? Make a word web with the children. Think about cheese, canal houses, tulips, wooden shoes, cows etc.

The children create a drawing on a scrap of paper with the theme I love Holland. Not too many details, because the drawing will be printed. The drawing has to be copied on both pieces of linoleum. It doesn't matter if they don't match exactly; this is even fun while making a two colour print, because the drawing seems to shift a bit.


Use different linoleum knives. Cut the drawing from the first piece of linoleum. Cut the background from the second piece of linoleum, leaving the object. Lines within the object should be cut too.

Shake the bottle of blockprint carefully to be sure oil will mix with the rest. Drip some red paint on the glass and roll it out with the lino roller. Make 2 prints of your work on a white sheet. Rinse the linoleum clean and make 2 prints in blue in the same way.

Repeat this process with the second piece of linoleum: 2 prints in red and 2 in blue. There will be 8 prints if you're finished.

2 pieces of linoleum, 2 colours, 8 prints

Finally use one or more of those prints to make a two colour print. This has to be done by inking piece 1 red and printing it on a blue print of piece 2. See picture below.

Let students choose their best prints and let them decide how many prints they want to use for their final artwork. Cut the prints with 1 cm white aound them. Make a composition on blue or red cardboard and paste the prints with 1 cm between them.

Final composition I love Holland, by Malou, grade 6

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Transport yourself

You need:

  1. piece of linoleum of 16 by 12 cm
  2. white paper towel from a towel dispenser
  3. mat
  4. block printing ink
  5. flat piece of glass
  6. linoleum roller
  7. lino press
What kind of transport do you know? Think of cars, limosines, trucks, airplanes, but also of skateboards, strollers etc. Everything with wheels can be used to transport persons!

Draw a mean of transportation on a piece of linoleum and cut it out. Shake the bottle of blockprint carefully to be sure oil will mix with the rest. Drip the paint on the glass and roll it out with the lino roller. Make several prints of your work on textured towel paper. Choose the best one to be your artwork.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My favourite animal

You need:

  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. watercolour paint
  3. crayons
  4. brushes
  5. jar with water
  6. coloured paper for background
Students made a drawing of their favourite animal in his own environment. The drawing was made with crayons and coloured with watercolour paint.

Both artworks are made by students of grade 1

Monday, November 15, 2010

Neon leaves


You need:

  1. black construction paper A3 size
  2. pencil
  3. coloured chalk pastel

Neon light tubes form coloured lines with which a text can be written or a picture drawn, including various decorations. Neon is often used in advertising and commercial signage. Show some neon advertising or ask children if they know some. Discuss the features of neon light and the restrictions you have to deal with when you use neon lights.

Draw the outlines of some leaves onto a dark paper using a pencil. Let some of the leaves overlap. Choose a colour chalk pastel and carefully go over the lines of one leave. Make nice thick lines that follow the original. Do the same with the other leaves, using different colours. Then carefully go over all the lines with your finger. Just follow the direction of the lines rubbing backwards and forwards. Try not to smudge the lines outwards!

Now to turn the neon lights on: take a white chalk and go over all the lines again with the sharp edge. Use the sharp edge just to create a thin bright white line down the middle of the existing lines.

Fixate the drawing with hairspray, or laminate it to create your own neon placemat!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Printed leaves



You need:

  1. black construction paper A4 size
  2. flat dried autumn leaves
  3. white tempera and another cool colour
  4. brush
  5. colour pencils
  6. piece of sponge

I found this project on Artsonia. Ask students to take some autumn leaves for this lesson. The leaves should be dried flat, for example in a phone book.

Paint the veined side of a leaf with thick white tempera. Press the leaf on black paper; use a clean sheet to cover the leaf and press on it with flat hand. Do this with several leaves.
Then pick an additional cool colour to blend with the leftover white paint and sponge paint the background. Be sure to leave a little black around each leaf for contrast.



Add some autumn colour to each leaf using coloured pencils.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pimp Saint Nicholas



In the folklore of the Netherlands, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is a yearly feast on the evening of December 5th. Sinterklaas celebrates his birthday by distributing presents to all good children. Half November Saint Nicholas comes with is steam boat out of Spain to Holland. With his helpers, a lot of Black Pete's, he visits schools, hospitals, stores ands families. Sinterklaas is dressed in a red toga, with a white slip under it. On his hat he wears a miter. Besides a steam boat, he has a white horse to transport himself. On this horse, Sinterklaas walks on the roofs, to throw children's presents through the chimney's.

You need:

  1. white drawing sheets A3 size
  2. pencil
  3. crayons
  4. scissors and glue
  5. red construction paper
This lesson is about Sinterklaas's clothes. Sinterklaas is so tired of wearing that old dull miter and those boring black shoes; he has never had a fancy bow in his long white beard! Time has come to pimp the Saint!
Write some ideas on the chalkboard: a cap instead of a miter, braids in the beard, sneakers instead of black shoes, a flower toga or a cane with glittering stones or feathers. Of course our pimped Sinterklaas has no dull book anymore, but a cd-rom in a fancy case; he has an Ipod with the newest Spanish hitsongs and the latest cellphone. Everything is allowed, with one restriction: there must be one thing in the drawing that remains us of our old Sinterklaas!
Children scetch their pimped Sinterklaas and colour it with crayons. Cut all Sinterklazen and glue them on red construction paper.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Treasure map

Made by a student of 11 years old

You need:


  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. strong brewed tea
  3. wide, flat brush
  4. colour pencils
  5. candle

Drawing a treasure map is always exciting! A treasure map is a map that leads to a treasure or secret place. Little drawings tell you what you say on your way, and the road is often indicated by a dotted line. Treasure maps look often crumpled or discoloured, as if they have been well hidden. Students know treasure maps from books and comics. If not, show them some treasure maps on the digital board.

To make the treasure map look old and yellowed, the drawing sheet has to be painted with strong brewed tea. Do this at an earlier time so that the sheets have dried well before the drawing starts.

If the sheet is dry, a map that will lead the seeker to the treasure has to be drawn. Students have to make clarifying little drawings on the map and then colour everything with colour pencils. The treasure map has to contain a compass rose.

A job that is too dangerous for the children themselves to do, but that gives a nice weathered appearance: burning away the edges. Do this, being a teacher, yourself!

To give the treasure map something extra, students can create their own cryptography. This cryptography has to be rolled up and pasted on the map.

Also nice: seal the treasure map using drops candlewax. Press a coin in it, just before the fat has solidified!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall things

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 30 by 20 cm
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. crayons
  5. liquid watercolour
  6. brush
  7. jar with water
  8. coloured paper for background
  9. glue
Practice the student's measuring skills by letting them draw a 5 cm grid on the drawing sheet, using a ruler and pencil. Trace the pencil lines with crayons. Draw crayon lines along the outer edges of the paper. Create a pattern of returning autumn drawings in the squares. In this lesson is chosen for diagonal lines.
Trace the outlines and details of the drawings with crayon. Paint the drawings and background of the squares with liquid watercolour. Be sure the regular pattern is also to be seen in the colours..
Paste the artwork on a coloured background.

Made by a student of 11 years old

Friday, November 5, 2010

Totem poles


Made by three students of grade 6

You need:

  1. drawing paper A4 size
  2. coloured markers
  3. coloured cardboard
  4. pencil
  5. potlood
  6. scissors
  7. glue
A totem pole is a wooden statue that was made by Indian tribes and was seen as a sanctuary. The pole was usually made of wood from the cedar tree and was often painted in bright colors. Show different pictures of totem poles. View and discuss the images that are cut in the totem poles.

In this lesson groups of students draw a totem pole together. To make one drawing together, some appointments should be made: the width, the colours, which drawing on which place etc.

Create groups of three or four students. Each student draws a portion of the totem pole and colours it in with coloured markers. Outline each colour with a thick black marker. Each student cuts his totem pole piece. The parts should be pasted into a whole picture on coloured cardboard. Finally, outline the exterior of the totem pole with a thick black marker.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cool web, big spider




You need:



  1. white drawing paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. left overs of white drawing paper
  3. yellow crayons
  4. liquid watercolour
  5. thick brush
  6. jar with water
  7. scissors
  8. glue
  9. black construction paper

Students draw a web with a yellow crayon. The easiest way is to first draw diagonal lines from the corners of the paper. Then draw more lines from top to bottom, left to right. The lines must all go through the center. After this draw circles around the center, until the sheet is full.

Paint the sheet using liquid watercolour ink in cold colours. Take two colours. Leave the work to dry.

Draw some leaves with a warm colour crayon on a white sheet. Draw the veins. Paint the leaves with warm colours liquid watercolour. Let the leaves dry.

Make a spider of black construction paper. In the example above, the spider is made of a circle with a diameter of about 4 cm. Cut the circle in to the center and stick the cutting edges on each other so the center rises. Draw a cross on the back if you want to. Cut a smaller circle for the head, draw eyes on it and paste it on the body of the spider. Cut the feet: 8 strips of 8 cm by 1/2 cm. Glue the legs on the underside of the body. Make a fold inwards on the mid of the strip, and 1 cm from the end a fold outwards.

When the work is completely dry, cut the leaves and paste them on the web. Put the spider in the web by pasting the lower parts of the legs and the head.

Paste the artwork on a black background. You may draw the spider web lines on the background too.

Monday, November 1, 2010

City waterfront

You need:
  1. blue construction paper A4 size
  2. white drawing paper A3 size
  3. construction paper and/or ribbed cardboard in several colours
  4. scissors
  5. glue
  6. watercolour paint
  7. brushes
  8. jar with water

I found this lesson once on a German school website. The combination of cutting/pasting and painting is exciting! Students paste tight cut houses, and the reflection in the water is made with water colour paint, which is not tight at all - just as it should be!

Students cut rectangles of different heights and widths out of coloured paper. These are the bodies of the houses. Cut several triangles out of red construction paper, these are the roofs. Cut windows and doors.

Draw a line on 1 cm from the bottom of the blue sheet. Make a composition of the houses on this line, starting with the highest ones. Place the shorter houses in front of them (overlap). Paste the houses and roofs on the blue sheet. Paste windows and doors on them in different colours.

When ready, paste the blue sheet with houses on a white A3 size sheet. Use watercolour paint to paint the mirror image of the houses in the water. Paint as precise as possible, but don't use a ruler: reflections in water aren't that straight! Paint the water blue.

Made by students of 10-11 years old