Watercolor Resist Hearts

These watercolor resist hearts use rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with some patient drying time in between steps. It’s a great way to show kids how rich their art can be if they just focus on adding lots of layered color, both when coloring with crayons and then painting with watercolors. • View … Read More

Collaborative Hearts on Canvas

Looking for a collaborative project that creates a colorful, finished work of art? Try my favorite combo of Sharpies on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas and you are guaranteed some pretty amazing results. Sharpies make the color super bright, and the dry wax paper will hug the canvas in a way that nothing else does. Perfect for school auctions, fundraisers and special gifts.   MATERIALS • Canvas, stretched, 16″ x 20″ … Read More

Jim Dine Heart

Jim Dine is an American pop artist, famous for his series of heart paintings. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. Coloring over wrinkled paper with oil pastels is a guaranteed way to get that rough look that Jim Dine is famous for. • View and download Jim Dine PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Tissue paper • White glue • … Read More

Cake Sculpture, Miniature Style

Here’s an easy way to make a very yummy looking cake sculpture, thanks to all the great food-looking colors that Model Magic comes in. Their natural set makes a perfect chocolate and caramel, and the white looks like whipped cream every time. Need one more reason? Math is involved when circles are cut into quarters. Fractions have never looked so good. MATERIALS • Model Magic, naturals • Model Magic, assorted colors • Manila folder, … Read More

Jim Dine Textured Heart

Jim Dine is an American pop artist, famous for his series of heart paintings. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. Coloring over wrinkled paper with oil pastels is a guaranteed way to get that rough look that Jim Dine is famous for. • View and download Jim Dine PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Tissue paper • White glue • … Read More

Mixed Media Hearts

This mixed media heart painting project has been very popular ever since I first put it up a few years ago. It actually uses rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak others up. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with some patient drying time in between steps. It’s a great way to show kids how amazing their art can be if they just … Read More

Jim Dine Style Hearts

This oil pastel heart project actually did triple duty last year. It continued the student’s study of warm and cool colors, taught them about a Pop artist named Jim Dine, and provided a colorful picture that I think will work for our annual fundraiser with Original Works. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil pastels, I prefer the Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. After viewing some of Jim Dine’s painting to see his style, students used … Read More

Valentine Heart Painting

This Valentine heart painting uses rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with some patient drying time in between steps. It’s a great way to show kids how rich their art can be if they just focus on adding lots of layered color, both when coloring with crayons and then painting with watercolors. • View … Read More

Ceramic Cupcake

This ceramic cupcake project is my very favorite, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. I’m pretty sure thought that it would have lots of appeal for any holiday gift. It is so simple which helps all the students feel successful when they complete it, and makes a keepsake that my parents say they have kept for years. When you find clay projects that can do all that, you keep them … Read More

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