Canvas Covered Journals

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This is basically a piece of painted canvas glued to a pad of 6″ x 9″ paper with chip board covers. I love how the students, especially this kinder Zac, just got experimental with making designs. Wish I could keep this one for myself! CLASS ONE: Students paint an over sized piece … Read More

Robert Indiana Art Journal Page

There’s nothing like covering several topics with one art lesson. This one turns shapes into forms (art elements) and art history (Robert Indiana) and Valentine’s Day. Not bad! To see the entire series of Art Journal lessons compiled to date, search for “2014 Art Journal Project”. • View and download Indiana LOVE … Read More

True Blue Colors

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My young journal students seem to work best with multi-step projects, so this stamp, trace, write and color page kept them busy for most of our 60-minute class. Plus, I love the irregular pattern that the watercolor makes. 1. Save your paper towel and toilet paper rolls, because they make great disposable … Read More

Hundertwasser Flower Drawing

This is another drawing inspired by the Austrian abstract artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. His philosophy about nature is very reflective in his artwork, so I used his quote and love of wavy lines to jump start this journal page. 1. Draw wavy horizontal line, and then five random circles for the flower centers … Read More

Creative Dream Writing

This is another 2-page art journal spread, this time on the topic of dreaming. 1. Give the students a rectangle to trace, one approximately the size of the shown quilt. They are to tilt it, make it go off the paper, and trace. 2. The head is drawn, along with a pillow … Read More

Hands and Goals

The goal I have for my journal is to fill up every single page, including the left hand sides. This post is an idea for making a 2-page drawing, one that goes across the center spine. 1. I placed my hand across my open journal and traced it with a pencil. Following … Read More

Color Swatch Collage

I’ve seen even really young students make some stunning collages with magazine photos. The most successful seem to be those with a theme, like those that collect swatches of similar color. 1. I’ve posted this idea before regarding color collages, but I think another approach is to do it with a more … Read More

Selective Word Poem

I saw a poet somewhere who writes by just choosing words from a page in a book, and blacking out all the rest. I think kids could have a lot of fun with this if they were allowed to make really silly sentences that were still structurally correct. 1. The students will … Read More

“Once Upon a Time” Art

I’m on a quest to find quick, inexpensive ways to layer art. I’ve always admired those adult journals that just seemed stuffed with creativity. This watercolor page was fun, but I think it would look even better with children’s handwriting on it. 1. I started with warm-colored watercolor paints and filled a … Read More