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

Valentine Kids from Nebraska

Here is some Valentine art that is just too cute not to share. Lisa H. wrote,“We live in Nebraska and every Friday my younger kids and my older grand kids get together to craft. We love your inspirational ideas!” I love how well her kids made their little figures, all lined up and holding their hearts. Thank you so much Lisa for sharing this! To see my original project that they were following just … Read More

Valentine Tissue Paper Flowers

This technique for making tissue paper flowers is not new, but I have a new appreciation for its simplicity. If your students have had an overload of 2D work lately, try this crafty 3D one that will give them practice on folding, twisting, cutting and pulling. Oh, and make a pretty Valentine gift while they are at it. MATERIALS • Tissue Paper. 20″ x 30″ sheets • Paper cutter or scissors • Pipe cleaners, … 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

Flying Heart Balloons

My goal with this flying heart balloon painting was to keep things really simple so kids could experiment with their wet-on-wet painting. This fourth grader, Lola, did an impeccable job, using the colors to make shadows. I’m in love with that center balloon, which blends fuschia and red. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Pencil • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint • Heart stencil, optional DIRECTIONS 1. Students could free draw a random arrangement of … Read More

Color Mixing Hearts

There are times when it is good to plan with a pencil, and then there are times when you just need to draw with a brush. You can’t go wrong with these rows of delicate hearts, even if they do get crooked and lopsided. In fact, I think hat makes them look even better. Who wants a painting that looks like a computer made it?   MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Crayola Mixable Watercolor … Read More

Cubist Heart

If you know how to tint and shade with oil pastels, then try testing your skills on this Cubist style heart. MATERIALS • Multimedia or card stock paper, square • Pencil • Ruler • Oil pastels, soft variety works best, like Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. Starting with a square paper, students draw a large heart in the middle, and then use a ruler to draw at least four lines completely across the paper. Random … Read More

Radial Hearts Drawing

Students can practice radial symmetry with this Radial Hearts drawing. It takes time to fill in the entire paper, but the results can be really amazing. And once someone gets good at the process, it can be applied to many other shapes as well. MATERIALS • Colored Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ • White card stock paper, cut to 5″ x 8″ • Heart Punch, 2″ • Pencil crayons • Glue stick DIRECTIONS … Read More

Be My Valentine Painting

This Valentine painting was inspired by a simple stock art drawing. I think it would make the beginning of a great story, given it’s a flying cat, holding a heart for someone. Lots of questions to be answered. I highly recommend either printing the guide lines shown before hand, or having kids fold their paper to make four equal sections on the paper. It really helps kids judge their placement of lines when drawing. … Read More

Textured Ceramic Box

Wouldn’t this textured ceramic box make a wonderful Valentine gift? It’s just one of the amazing clay projects in my friend’s ebook, “Create with Clay”. I’m sharing some snapshots of this project to show the quality of the photos, and the detailed steps she walks you through in all of her ceramic projects. Jenni currently lives in northern California, but shows her ceramic work all over the country, so there’s nothing like getting advice … Read More

Easy Ceramic Cupcake

This easy ceramic cupcake project is my very favorite, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. I’m pretty sure though that it has lots of appeal for any holiday gifts too. 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 … Read More

Miniature Cakes with Model Magic

So it turns out can make really cute miniature cakes with Model Magic because it comes in just the right cake and frosting colors. This may be one of my favorite Model Magic project so far. MATERIALS • Cardboard, 3″ cut round circles • Plastic cups, small, shot size for cake stand • 3″ plastic souffle cup from Smart & Final • Craft glue • Aluminum foil • Glue stick • Model Magic, assorted … Read More

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts

If you paint and cut out coffee filters, you just might get some really pretty Valentine cards. My students let them sit on plastic canvas mesh while painting and drying, so sometimes the grid bleed through, which was kinda cool too. Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! MATERIALS • White round coffee filters • Old steam iron • Liquid watercolor paint • Plastic canvas • Baseball card sleeve DIRECTIONS 1. Press large coffee filters flat … Read More

Valentine’s Day Murals

My collaborative Valentine’s Day Murals make fun signs for classrooms and parties. Purchase the PDF file for just $5 and print and color as many as you want. • Purchase Mini Valentine Murals in my PDF Shop MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Paper cutter or scissors • Oil pastels or markers or crayons • Masking tape DIRECTIONS PREP: Print mural pages on card stock, trim with scissors or paper cutter and transfer numbers … Read More

Oil Pastel Heart

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

Pop Up Valentine Cards

I’m sure I first saw this Pop Up Valentine card project somewhere on Pinterest. Last year (almost) every kinder could make these hearts by the time class was over. It’s that easy!   MATERIALS • Heart Punch, 2″ size • Cardstock paper, Valentine colors, 8.5″ x 11″ • Scrapbook paper (Valentine pads found in stationary dept.) • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS PREP: Punch out about 15 hearts per student. Also cut some of the … 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

Doodle Roses

Here’s a really fun way to doodle roses, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I found the original idea posted HERE on Flickr. It’s a genius way to draw some super simple roses that look like they are about to bloom, and I wish I could thank the artist who thought them up. • View and download Circle Roses Tutorial MATERIALS • Print of Circle Rose tutorial • Watercolor or Multimedia paper • Sharpie … Read More

LOVE Lines

Students can make a Valentine card and practice using a ruler and do some very basic measuring, which is a 2nd grade Common Core Standard. MATERIALS • Multimedia or drawing paper • Markers, Stabilo brand recommended   DIRECTIONS 1. Students start with a square piece of drawing paper. (I recommend one about 6″.) They measure and mark the center of each side and draw lines connecting them to make the four squares. 2. Next … Read More

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