ART PROJECT: Create your own ‘Laundry Art’!  

Don’t have any more art supplies left and your parents are asking you to do more chores around the house?  Create a beautiful artwork out of clean and dirty laundry.  Take a picture of it and email to for an art project.  Here are a few examples….

Or you can watch this video to show you how to create the ‘Laundry Art’.
Just remember…you need to clean up after creating! 

ART PROJECT: Finger Knitting

Learn how to Finger Knit and you can add some color to your neighborhood!

You Will Need:
• Yarn – any thickness will do but I personally love using the bulky kinds (8ply and up)
• Scissors
• Your fingers
How To:
1. Clamp the end of the yarn between your thumb and the palm of your hand. If you are right handed clamp it in your left hand, and if you are left handed do the opposite.
2. Create a figure eight with the yarn around your first two fingers.
3. Create a second figure eight directly above it.
4. Leaving the second loop in place, lift the bottom loop over the top of it and slip it off the end of your finger, repeat with the second finger.
5. You can now let go of the end which has been clamped between your thumb and the palm of you hand. Give it a gentle tug.
6. Repeat the stitch by making another figure eight, lifting the bottom loops over the top loops and slipping them off your fingers.
7. Continue knitting using this technique.
8. When you are happy with the length, slip both of the loops off the ends of your fingers and hold them in one hand.
9. Snip the yarn with your scissors and thread the end of it back through both loops, gently tugging the end of your rope.

ART PROJECT: Found Object Art

No paper, no art supplies, no problem!  Watch this short video on nature-inspired artist, Andy Goldsworthy then head outside and collect your own natural flora and fauna to create your own masterpiece!  Email your final product to so we can see your creativity in the world!

ART PROJECT: Paper Towel Roll Sculpture

All you will need is a paper towel roll or two, a piece of cardboard, acrylic paint and a low temp glue gun. (Children should be supervised when operating a glue gun).
Your children have a lot of freedom to do whatever they please here.
1. Twist, flatten, fold, curl and cut a paper towel roll into any sort of abstract shape.

2. When you are satisfied with the shape of your cardboard sculpture, widen the bottom end and use a low temp glue gun to glue your sculpture to a square of sturdy cardboard. If your project is top-heavy, add an additional square of cardboard to help weigh it down.
3. You may choose to paint your statue before or after mounting it. 

Have fun and enjoy recycling! 

ART PROJECT: Cereal Box Op Art

Supplies needed: A cereal box, Paints, Cardboard or paper strips in various colors, Scissors, Hot glue* (Or tape), String or ribbon

1. Cut the top of your cereal box. If this causes it to unfold just tape it back up again. Spray paint or paint your box white. This is TOTALLY OPTIONAL.

2. Cut a series of colored strips of paper or card. They should be as wide as your box is deep.
3. Using a hot glue gun (or tape) begin sticking in your strips of paper. Tape them together and make interesting shapes or just tape them to the sides of the box.

4. Continue until you have stuck in all of your strips and are happy with your design.

5. Paint inside the shapes with a matching or contrasting color. Again this is optional but it adds another layer of interest and extends the project a bit. 

6. Once dry, punch a few holes and insert some string to hang.
7. Hang and enjoy!!

ART PROJECT: Sharpie Doodles on Foil

1. Using a black Sharpie marker, carefully doodle a loopy line around your paper, overlapping and swirling it around the page. Do not scribble, but make a controlled meandering doodle-y line. (We discovered that if your Sharpie is really pointy and you try to draw fast, you may poke a hole in the tin foil.) Feel free to add flowers or other doodle-y designs.
2. After the black marker dries, use colorful Sharpie (or other permanent) markers to color in sections.
3. At the very end, you can add puffy paint patterns and lines for a finishing touch. 
4. Have fun! 

ART PROJECT: Big Cardboard Birds

What’s that I hear?  Spring birds chirping in the trees or your giant recycled cardboard bird?? 

  • Supplies needed:
  • big cardboard pieces (Old Amazon boxes, cereal boxes or any old cardboard)
  • scissors, pencils, and tempera/acrylic paints
  • strong glue and stapler

1. Draw the outline of your bird and wings with a pencil on the cardboard. Cut out carefully using scissors.  You may need to ask an adult to help you if the cardboard is too thick. 
2. Glue on any eyes, wings, tails or feathers. 

3. Paint your bird!  Have fun with it and add patterns, details and textures! 

4. Highlight any details with thick markers.  Glue any remaining pieces onto your bird body.  Hang in the street window for all to see! 

ART PROJECT: Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

The purpose of the poster contest is to have students demonstrate through their artwork how people can protect themselves and others from the dangers and hazards that accompany severe weather in Hamilton County. These posters will be used as educational materials for community preparedness, so a focus on response to severe weather is key.

1. Entry is open to all Hamilton County elementary school students in GRADES 3- 5 in public, private, and charter schools, as well as any students being homeschooled.
2. Poster theme should depict what severe weather in Ohio means to the student and/or what actions to take to prepare and stay safe.
3. Creativity is the key. Individual work is encouraged. Posters with stencils, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or images will be disqualified.
4. Poster should be no larger than 11”x14.” Those larger than the identified size may be disqualified.
5. Students should use only crayon, markers, colored pencils, or watercolor/acrylic paint.

The entry form and the parental consent form must be completed for each submission. All entries are due by April 3, 2020.
Contest entry forms and posters should be submitted to:
Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
2000 Radcliff Drive Cincinnati, OH 45204
Attn. Emily Johnson
Questions may be directed to Emily Johnson –

ART PROJECT: Olympic Self-Portraits

Let’s think about the Summer!  The Olympics are planned to take place in Tokyo, Japan this July.  What sport would you train for and hope to compete in if you were a potential Olympic athlete?  Track? Swimming? Gymnastics?  Imagine what you would wear and how your body would twist and turn while you competed in your sport.  Supplies needed are: construction paper, pencils, eraser, scissors, Elmer’s glue, paintbrush, paints, colored pencils and any fun stamps or shaped hole punchers.  Draw the main shape of your body first on the BACK of the paper.  If you make a mistake, it is easily erased and it is on the back so it won’t show on your finished project.  Cut out your main body.  Now use the body shape as a pattern to create your clothes.  Will you wear a fancy costume?  Or will you wear shorts and a tank top as you race to the finish line? Add patterns, lines and textures, and color to make your clothing interesting! Now what about your background?  You can create your background using paints and patterns to show what country you are representing.  Get creative and go Team USA! 

ART PROJECT: Egyptian Pharaohs

Turn yourself into an Egyptian Pharaoh!  Supplies needed: iphone, computer printer, scissors, glue stick, grocery brown paper bag, markers or crayons, Sharpie. Have a parent or sibling take a profile pic of you.  Print it out using your computer printer. Cut out your picture and glue it onto a brown paper bag. Use markers or crayons to draw clothing and your Neme (pieces of striped headcloth worn by pharaohs in ancient Egypt). You can use lots of geometric shapes like pyramids and triangles.  And even more patterns like stripes that are found in textiles.  Doesn’t your finished artwork look like it was created on papyrus?

ART PROJECT: Abstract Self- Portrait Painting

This fun self-portrait lesson combines art exploration in abstract art and color theory. It is DEFINITELY a fun project to complete at home using simple art supplies- white paper, pencil, crayons, watercolor paints, scissors, markers, glue stick computer and camera or cell phone. Students can research several abstract painters (Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollack and William de Cooning) and notice that their paintings were basically lines and shapes.  These are great examples of abstract artwork. Draw various lines and shapes using a pencil.  Go over these markings with different colored crayons by pressing HARD. After finished with the crayon, begin to watercolor over the entire paper using the crayon as a wax resist.  Students can review primary colors (red, yellow and blue),secondary colors (green, violet and orange) and  warm (red, yellow and orange) and cool (blue, green and violet) colors. While the paper is drying, take a new photo or use an old photo of your child.  Cut around the edges of the photo.  Have your child write descriptive words, comments, likes/dislikes about themselves on a separate piece of paper. Cut around these words or phrases.  Glue the photo and the descriptive words onto the dry background paper.  Enjoy the masterpiece!

ART PROJECT: Op Art Drawing

Students can research various OP (Optical Illusion) Art artworks by looking at artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley.  Supplies are: pencil, ruler, paper, Sharpie markers, colored pencils. Find a piece of rectangular or square paper, draw a dot in the middle, draw 12 lines from the center point out to the edges of the paper using your ruler.  There should be 12 sections on the paper.  Next, draw concentric curved lines alternating the direction of the curve in each section as shown in the picture. 

In each section, lightly label with a pencil to prevent from making a mistake while coloring.  

Begin to color a Sharpie or black marker.  

For an extra step: You can add value to the sections by taking a black colored pencil in the white areas to create shading and shadows and white colored pencil in the black areas to create highlights.