Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What do you see in the sea?

Made by Romyo, 7 years old

You need:
  1. light blue drawing sheet A4 size
  2. crayons
  3. liquid watercolour
  4. brushes
  5. white paper for background

What animals do live in the sea? There's more then fishes: sea turtles, whales, crabs, starfish, coral etc.
All children get a light blue drawing sheet. They have to draw sea animals with crayons. When the drawing is ready, the whole sheet has to be painted with dark blue liquid watercolour. Crayon will resist. The light blue drawing paper and dark blue watercolour will make a beautiful deep blue sea. After drying you can paste the artwork on a white background.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Patterned chicken


  1. white drawing sheet
  2. piece of cardboard
  3. black fine marker
  4. red marker
  5. scissors and glue
Cut a piece of cardboard from 7 by 7 cm. Draw a chicken and cut it out. Draw six squares (or less or more) on the drawing sheet from 7 by 7 cm.

Trace the chicken within the six squares. Colour the chicken, wing and background with patterns in black. Colour the beak and comb with red. Paste the chickens on a red background and decorate the edges with white eggs.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

From bone to bone

Made by Felix, 11 years old

You need:
  1. black construction paper
  2. white drawing paper A4 size
  3. white and black tempera
  4. brushes
  5. pictures of animal skeletons
  6. black fine marker

The children search the Internet for a picture of a skeleton of an animal. It has to be an image in which the various components are to be seen. The higher the resolution, the larger the picture is and clearer it will be. Print this pictures.
Then the students search the Latin name of the animal and write it down.

Children draw the skeleton of the animal with a pencil on black paper. This requires them to study the skeleton carefully. Then the individual elements of the skeleton have to be painted with undiluted white paint and a small brush. Any errors can be corrected later with black paint. The Latin name next to it (with brush, or if this is to difficult with a white pencil), will make the artwork complete.

Paste the black sheet on a white background and let the students decorate the edges, for example with bones or footsteps.

Made by Tanita, 11 years old


Made by Luuk, 8 years old

You need:

  1. blue construction paper A4 size
  2. white tissue paper A4 size
  3. tissue paper in different colours
  4. scissors
  5. glue

Fold the construction paper double and cut a rectangle out of the middle, leaving a frame from about an inch wide. Paste the white tissue paper on the frame. Gut fishes and waterplants from coloured tissuepaper and paste them in the aquarium. Hang the aquarium in the window.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Weather proverb on a tile

Made by students of grade 6
You need:
  1. white tile 15 by 15 cm
  2. china markers
  3. drawing sheet 15 by 15 cm
  4. pencil
  5. paper towel
During our school project about water and weather, children made their own tile with a Dutch proverb on it. The proverb had to be about water, of course. After making a concept on a drawing sheet, students wrote their proverb on a white tile with china markers. They added decorations with china markers too.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter bunny window

You need:

  1. cardboard A4 size
  2. carbon paper
  3. cutter
  4. cutting mat
  5. glue
  6. tissue paper
  7. pattern (download)

Use carbon paper to copy the pattern on the cardboard. Cut the grey parts away. Paste tissue paper on the backside. Hang your bunny in the window.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

April showers will bring us flowers

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet

  2. water colour paint

  3. ruler

  4. white crayon or oil pastel

  5. paint brush

  6. water

Characteristicly Dutch weather in spring is a weather type with showers, alternated with sunny periods. Those typical spring showers are called 'Maartse buien' (March Showers) in Holland, while English meteorologists speak about 'April showers who bring us flowers'. In this lesson children will draw typical spring flowers (tulips, daffodils etc.) during a rain shower.

Sketch some spring flowers on a white sheet. Make sure your lines are extremely thin. Use your ruler to draw white crayon lines with about one centimeter between them. Make sure your crayon has a sharp point. Paint your drawing with watercolour paint. Use a lot of water to make bright colours. The crayon will resist the water paint, so your shower will be very clear!

Chicken on a swing

You need:

  1. yellow, red and blue cardboard
  2. scrapbookpaper or wrapping paper
  3. glue gun
  4. black marker
  5. two branches of 30 cm
  6. rope
  7. pattern chicken on a swing (download)
  8. carbon paper

Use carbon paper to draw the pattern of the body on yellow cardboard and cut it out. Do the same with the wings on blue cardboard and cut them out. Trace the cardboard wings on scrapbookpaper and cut them out. Paste the cardboard and paper wings together.

Draw the knees using carbon paper on blue cardboard and cut them out twice. Do the same with the feet on scrapbookpaper and cut them twice. Paste the feet two by two together. Paste the knees two by two together with the feet between the two layers.

Draw the comb on red cardboard and cut it out. Cut the beak and fold it in half lengthwise. Paste the beak with the short side on the head. Draw two eyes with a black marker.

Paste in a branch along the bottom of the chicken using a glue gun.
. Plak hierop de knieƫn/poten. Tie two pieces of rope to the branch next to the body. Put the wings on the chicken, fold them with the rope between and paste the wings double. Tie the rope to the second branch and your chicken on a swing is ready.