Grades K-2 ART

ART PROJECT: Bold Bugs and Beetles!

As the weather warms up, the bugs come out!  Have some fun trying out a guided drawing project of a bug of your choice.
Materials:  White paper, Pencil and eraser, markers, crayons, colored pencils and/or oil pastels.  (Any drawing materials you have at home will work.)
Just get your drawing materials together and click on the link below.  This is a guided drawing, so, you will create your drawing during the video.  Scroll down a little and click on the video.  Follow along as Miss Patty helps you create an awesome bug! 
If you are looking for inspiration, A Beetle is Shy is a great children’s book with tons of awesome bug illustrations.  Click on the link below to listen to the book.

ART PROJECT:  Surprise Sea Creatures

Have some fun surprising your family members with a sea creature that turns scary!
Materials:  piece of paper, pencil, markers
1.  For inspiration, Watch this video of the book Commotion in the Ocean
2.  Fold your paper in half, then, fold back one of the edges (see below).

3.  With your paper folded, draw your happy Sea Creature with it’s mouth closed. Your creature’s top lip should be just above the fold and your creature’s bottom lip should be just below the fold.  Add stripes or another very simple pattern on its body.  Keep whatever tail you design pretty narrow.

4.  Open your paper up and draw your teeth first.  Then draw the edge of your mouth and connect the pattern on your body.

5.  Color your creature in!

*If your child is struggling, here is a pdf printout of a pre-drawn fish.

ART PROJECT: Wild Thing Paper Sculptures!

Supplies:  toilet paper or paper towel roll, glue stick, scissors, different colored papers, (you are welcome to use any other interesting supplies you might have at home, such as pipe cleaners, yarn, google eyes and more!)
1.  Watch the video, Where the Wild Things Are,
2.  Now, make your own wild thing!  Choose a paper to wrap around your toilet paper roll.  Glue it on with a glue stick, then trim the extra off.  Students might need help with this.
3.  Brainstorm all of the parts your wild thing might need, such as eyes, a nose, mouth, hair, arms, whiskers, ears, wings, etc.
4.  Cut out and glue on your monster’s body parts.  Encourage your child to create some pop-out body parts using paper sculpture.  For example, you can do an accordion fold for a crazy nose or roll a strip of paper around a pencil for curly hair.  See the paper sculpture chart below for ideas!

ART PROJECT: Dream Cities!

Create a dream city inspired by Marc Chagall.  Watch the video below (step #1) for information about Marc Chagall and step-by-step instructions on how to create a cityscape.  The instructions are also listed below:
1.  Watch the Marc Chagall video:  
2.  Get a piece of paper and turn your paper horizontal.  In the video, they use black paper and oil pastels.  You can use any color of paper you want and any kind of drawing material you have at home.  White paper and crayons or markers would be great!
3.  Draw a line about 1/2 or 1/3 across your paper for the horizon line.
4.  Draw multiple houses on the horizon line using different shapes and colors.  
5.  Add bushes in front and trees behind the houses.
6.  Add something unexpected, flying in the sky.  It could be something funny, something from a dream, or even yourself, flying through the sky!
7.  Color everything in.
*If you are interested in learning more about Marc Chagall, the children’s book, Dreamer from the Village, is a great book about his life.  See the link below.

ART PROJECT: Easter Egg Drawings Inspired by Pop Artist Romero Britto

Hop into Holy Week with these Easter Eggs inspired by the artist Romero Britto
Supplies:  White paper, Pencil, Black marker, crayons or markers
1.  Watch the short video to be inspired by the artwork of Romero Britto.  While you are watching, look for some patterns and shapes you might want to use in your drawing.  You can skip over the part at the end with the demo. of the fish drawings.  We are going to make Easter eggs  instead!
2.   Draw one, two or three large eggs with a pencil.  You can even overlap the eggs to create some depth.  Add a pattern on each egg.  Divide your background into 5 or 6 sections.  Draw a different pattern in each section.  Then, trace your pencil lines with a black marker.

4.  Color your drawing with crayons or markers!
*Check out the chart below for different examples of patterns to use!

ART PROJECT:  Glue and Chalk Drawings from Nature!

Materials:  Black construction paper (white paper will work fine, too), Elmer’s glue, Pencil, Chalk (Crayons will work if you don’t have chalk)
1.  Go on a hunt for natural objects outside, such as a small flower, a leaf, a stick, even a small bug will work!
2. Check out the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe for inspiration!  She is known for her paintings of nature.  The link below is a short 3 minute kids video about her life and artwork!
3.  Pick one or two objects to draw very BIG on a black piece of paper with a pencil.  Try to have your drawing touch all four edges of the paper.   Avoid drawing too many small details or the glue will puddle together in those areas.  
4.  Draw over your pencil lines with Elmers glue.  Explain to your child that the glue is a little unpredictable and might puddle up in spots, but that is OK.  Your line will be thin is some places and thicker in others, but that is part of what will make your glue lines interesting to look at!   When finished, let your glue dry overnight.

5.  The next day, you can use chalk to color the shapes in-between your glue lines.  Chalk pastels or Oil Pastels work well, but you can also use sidewalk chalk or crayons!

ART PROJECT: Build a Farm Landscape using only Lines!

With spring in the air, there is a lot going on at the farm!  New plants are growing and new baby animals are being born.  Lets review different types of lines to create a Landscape!Check out the powerpoint below to be inspired by the artist Grant Wood and for detailed instructions on how to create a “Farmscape” out of lines.

ART PROJECT: Symmetrical Spring kites

Spring is on it’s way!  Let review symmetry, shapes and lines to make an exciting spring kite.
Materials:  White paper, Pencil, scissors, crayons or markers, string is optional
1.  With your paper vertical, fold it in half.  
2.  Have your child draw and cut out half of a LARGE diamond shape or any other shape they want their kite to be.  Make sure they start cutting where the fold is (not the open side of the paper.)

3.  Open the kite shape up and choose only ONE side of the kite to draw designs on in pencil.  Press hard with the pencil.  

4.  When you are finished with your pencil designs, close your kite back up and rub really hard with a closed marker all over your closed up kite.  Hold the marker at an angle.  This should “press” your designs like magic onto the other side of the kite, making your kite perfectly symmetrical. 

5.  Open your kite up again and color in your shapes with markers, crayons and/or color pencils.


6.  If you want, you can cut out shapes to attach with a string as a tail to your kite.

The following book would go well with this kite project:The book Colorful Dreamer, The Story of Henri Matisse

ART PROJECT: Calder-Inspired Sculptures

Materials:  Scissors and colorful paper in rectangular shapes.  You can use colorful papers you already have at home or you can color your own white paper.  Even pages from an old magazine you have at home could work!

1.  Go to this site and scroll down a little bit to watch a video of how to make a Calder sculpture.
2.  Decorate your paper with Markers, if you want.
3.  Fold your paper in half.
4.  Cut lines in a rainbow pattern from the bottom of your rectangle, curving towards where the fold is.  Make sure you do not cut through the fold.
5.  Open your paper up and bend the folded sections in all different directions.  
*Some of the students have already read the book Sandy’s Circus, but if your child has not read it, or is interested in reading it again, it is a great book!  Sandy’s Circus book:

*If your child is interested, the site below has a video of Alexander Calder actually performing his circus figures:

ART PROJECT: Dancing Animals!

Supplies: 2 pieces of paper, Scissors, glue or glue stick, regular markers, cup of water and paintbrush (optional)

1. Click on the link below to watch the animated video of the illustrated book, Giraffes Can’t Dance
2.  Have your child choose any animal, it does not have to be a giraffe, that they would like to dance!  An option is to research an animal on your Chromebook and look closely at a picture of your animal.  Have your child identify some shapes on their animal, for example, a circle for a head, oval for a body, rectangle legs, etc.
3.  Have your child draw their dancing animal LARGE on the first piece of paper in pencil.  If they are having trouble, you can help them identify the shapes they should use to “build” their animal.
4.  Color in your animal with markers, cut it out, and set aside.

5.  On your other piece of paper draw a simple background for your animal in pencil.  Think of where your animal might live, what their habitat might look like.  Color with markers.  Optional:  When your child is finished coloring their background with markers, they can paint a little bit of it with plain water.  The markers will bleed and create a watercolor type of look.  This will make some of their details run together, so only paint with water if they are excited to try it.  
6.  When background is dry, glue the dancing animal wherever you choose!


There are two different dot projects below inspired by the book, The Dot.  Both projects are great for encouraging creativity and problem solving.  Students can choose one or complete both projects!  Have fun! 
Project #A: 
Supplies: A large white coffee filter (If you don’t have a coffee filter, you could also use a white paper plate or just a large white circle you cut out of a piece of paper), Markers

1.  Watch the video of the book The Dot
2.  Students will create their own unique large dot using patterns, shapes and lines.  They can draw anything they want with marker, however, they should try to cover the entire dot with color.  They can even create two or three filters!
3.  Optional:  Place the coffee filter on a paper towel and spray with a spray water bottle.   Watch the colors blend like magic.  This is called color diffusing.  Let dry and display!

Project #B
Supplies: A white piece of paper, A pencil, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Chalk, Watercolor paint, etc.  Any supplies you have access to at home are fine, but the more different kinds of supplies you can provide, the better.

1. Watch the video of the book The Dot
2.  In the middle of their paper, have your child draw with a pencil a small to medium sized dot.  They can pick the size of the dot.  
3.  Now, your child should come up with an idea of what they can turn their dot into.  They should draw a whole picture with pencil inspired by their one dot.  For example, they could create a space scene where their dot is a planet or moon, a creature with their dot as the creature’s head, the dot becomes a flower in a landscape, possibilities are endless.
4. Your child can outline their pencil drawing with a black marker, then color it in with any materials they choose.