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Primary Grade Art Lessons (K-Gr.2/Age 5-8)


We've gathered and listed all of our Primary Grade art lesson plans below. These activities are best suited for Kindergarten to Grade 2 - or - ages 5 to 8 years. However, grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable. Find other age/grade groups HERE. To view lesson plans by medium or discipline (painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.) visit HERE.

CROSS CURRICULUM

ART APPRECIATION K-8
Ward has a clever way of teaching students that everyone has a different opinion of art. [read more]

ART BOOK [MAKE AN] K-2
A complete set of portfolio assessment lessons from Maryanne Messier. [read more]

BE A CURATOR - HAVE AN ART SHOW all ages
An art curator is someone who works in a gallery or museum and is in charge of building art collections, researching art information, writing about art and placing artwork within gallery spaces. [read more]

BULLETIN BOARDS all ages
A growing list of ideas (many of them art themed) for you to use in your classroom. [read more]


CREATING THE MOOD OF CREATIVITY all ages
Whether you are an art-on-a-cart instructor or a classroom teacher, here are a few simple extras that will allow you to utilize your environment to the creative max! Submitted by: Nifodora Krumrie. [read more]

HOW ARTISTS SEE K-8
Sponsored by Abbeville Press. The twelve-volume How Artists See series is a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of art and to the observation of their world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to every child through personal experience. Here you can view exerpts from each of the books written by Colleen Carroll. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

TASTY COLOR MIXING PreK-2
A yummy color mixing lesson that teaches students about the magic of color. [read more]

THE PAINTING BALLERINA Gr. K-8
The author of a book shares some inspirational ideas with you and your kinderartists. [read more]

STATE HEADS K-5
Students will create an narrative image that expresses a formal (shape of a) state with personal experience. From Cathy Jeffers. [read more]

TILE MURALS (HISTORY IN THE PAINTING) all ages
Add character to your school or home while your kinderartists start to think about art history. By: Elizabeth Basa. [read more]

LOG CABINS K-2
Students will create images of houses that were built long ago. From Lillian Foxx. [read more]

Buono, Gloria M.: THE PAINTING BALLERINA Gr. K-8
The author of the book shares some inspirational ideas with you and your kinderartists. [read more]

Carle, Eric: ANIMALS ANIMALS Gr. K-5
A terrific lesson which incorporates social studies, science, technology, art and the writing process. From Alice Cunningham. [read more]

Carle, Eric: EGG CARTON CATERPILLAR Pre-K-2
Make caterpillars out of egg cartons and paint! An Eric Carle inspired lesson from J R Williams. [read more]

Carle, Eric: LITTLE CLOUD K-2
Holly LaForge has some ideas for connecting art-making with an Eric Carle book. [read more]

Carle, Eric: PAPER COLLAGE WITH ERIC CARLE K-5
Students will gain appreciation for the work of Eric Carle not only as a story writer, but as an illustrator during this fun "Hermit Crab" inspired lesson from Pamela Metzger. [read more]

Carle, Eric: VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR K-5
Students will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. They will then create caterpillar pictures using tissue paper collage techniques. From Vivian Redfern. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER BOOKLET K-8
An interesting way to create a colorful book courtesy of Meredith Fritsch - Lockland City Schools. [read more]

HAIKU STRAW PAINTING K and up
Students will learn about haiku poetry, have the experience of writing a haiku and then make an ink painting to enhance the haiku. From Carole Rathfon. [read more]

Johnson, Crockett: HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON K-5
Using the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon as inspiration, students will use shapes to stimulate their imaginations to create a unique image. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

LEARNING RHYMES Gr. K-2
Dustie has some simple ways for you to get your students excited about reading and rhyming. [read more]

Lionni, Leo: LITTLE GREEN PreK-Gr2
This lesson teaches children how to make the color green by mixing the two primary colors, blue and yellow. Based on the Leo Lionni Book. From Shelly. [read more]

Lionni, Leo: SWIMMY K-2
Your kinderartists will become aware of the illustrating style of Leo Lionni as they create a wax resist underwater scene with artist Vera Trembach. [read more]

Martin, Bill Jr.: BROWN BEAR ANIMALS FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS Pre-K
Little ones can recreate animals from the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear. By: Kristal Petersen. read more]

Martin, Bill Jr. and Carle, Eric: FIRST GRADE, FIRST GRADE, WHAT DO YOU SEE? K-2
Students will read the Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See. They will then create a picture of what they see. From Linn McDonald. [read more]

PAPER BAG STORIES PreK - Grade 2
This is a creativity and imagination building exercise for little ones. By: Barbra Jaffe. [read more]

PATTERN BLOCK STORIES PreK - Grade 2
Young children can create objects and animals using pattern blocks. They can they write stories based on their creations. By: Stephanie. [read more

POETRY PEBBLES Gr. 3-8
Students will use small rocks, stones and pebbles to create words with which to write poetry. From KinderArt.com. [read more]

SAND NAMES PreK - Grade 2
Children will learn about letters and words in a fun way. By Amy. [read more]

Seuss, Dr.: THE SHAPE OF ME AND OTHER STUFF - CLASS MURAL K-2
Here, students will work individually and as a group in the creation of a wall mural. Submitted by: Martha Butcher [read more]

NINE EASY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE all ages
Make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CHINESE GONG K and up
A gong is an East and South East Asian musical percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet. Find out how to make one using simple, household materials. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

JINGLE BELLS K and up
Throughout time people have loved the sound of bells that jingle. Here are some ideas for making your own jingle bells. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

MARACAS (RECYCLED MATERIALS) Pre-K and up
Maracas are one of the simplest instruments to play for young children or the beginning musician. They are essentially rattles with handles. Find out how to make maracas out of bottles and toilet paper rolls. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

OCEAN DRUM PreK and up
An ocean drum is filled with small round objects that, when tilted back and forth, sound remarkably like the waves at the seashore. Find out how to make an ocean drum here. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

SISTRUM K and up
A sistrum is a hand-held percussion instrument that dates back to Ancient Egypt. Make your own with items from around the house. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

STICKER SHAKERE Pre-K and up
A shakere is a beautiful musical instrument made from a dried gourd that is shaken, tossed or moved from hand to hand creating wonderful rhythms and songs. Find out how to make one using a recycled milk carton. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

OLYMPIC DAY/FIELD DAY Gr. K-2
Jackie C. has tips on how to get your kiddos involved in field day activities. [read more]

CRAZY HAIR GUY Pre-K-8
Introduce your students to the concept of growing seeds. Using a nylon stocking and some grass seed, your students will see how fast grass grows. From KinderArt®. [read more]

FALL TREES Pre-K-2
Students will use a tracing of their arm and hand as the basis for a paper tree picture. From: C. Turgeon. [read more]

FIREFLIES IN A JAR Pre-K-2
Students can make a picture of fireflies in a jar using construction paper and glow-in-the-dark paper. From Mary Beth Knippel. [read more]

GARDEN JOURNALS K-5
Garden journals are a wonderful way for kids K-3 to learn about and share in the excitement of gardens. This lesson incorporates Art, Reading, Writing and Science. From KinderArt® [read more]

GARDEN TAGS K-5
Kids can make a one-of-a-kind sign for the garden using recycled cardboard and old seed packets. From Molly. [read more]

HAVE YOU SEEN THE WIND? PreK - Gr.2
Little ones will conduct some science experiments as they learn about wind. [read more]

ICE TO WATER SCIENCE PreK - Gr.2
Children will conduct an experiment where they watch ice turn to water. By: KinderArt. [read more]

MUD PUDDLES AND BUBBLES PreK - Gr. 2
This list includes a variety of ideas from barefoot mud prints to bubble blowing fun. From Robin Landals. [read more]

SNOW SCIENCE ART K-8
Students will experiment with different materials to see which ones are the best for making pretent snow! From Lorie Marchant. [read more]

WATER MIST GLOBES K-5
Students will use water based markers, coffee filters and water to create a "misty" globe. From Gloria Dreyer. [read more]

EDUCATIONAL ICEBREAKERS all ages
Help us build a list of icebreakers for back to school. Look at our list so far and share your ideas too! [read more]

GETTING TO KNOW YOU K-2
Students will create portraits of themselves after reading the book I Like Me by Nancy Carlson. From Linda J. DiPasquale-Morello. [read more]

TRANSPORTATION THEME K-5
With these ten activities, students will learn all about how people and products get from place to place. From KinderArt®. [read more]

THE ART BOOK

THE ART BOOK PreK-2
The Art Book theme was created to help art educators by giving them another form of assessment. read more

ART HISTORY

ART APPRECIATION: HOW ARTISTS SEE Gr K-8
Sponsored by Abbeville Press. The twelve-volume How Artists See series is a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of art and to the observation of their world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to every child through personal experience. Click here to view exerpts from each of the books written by Colleen Carroll. [read more]

BOSCH, HEIRONYMOUS: OH MY GOSH, IT'S A BOSCH! Gr K-8
Artist Bosch explored both the good and bad extremes of human nature. In this lesson, students will explore these ideas as they depict beauty and monsters together. Submitted by Julie Moses. [read more]

CARR, EMILY: EMILY CARR'S TREES Gr K-5
Students will learn how to paint trees in the style of Canadian artist Emily Carr. From Lily Erlic. [read more]

CAVE ART: LASCAUX CAVE ART ON CERAMIC "STONES" Gr K-5
This lesson will familiarize students with Prehistoric art. From Anne Marie Tracey. [read more]

CAVE PAINTING Gr K-8
Prehistoric paint was created by mixing dirt, ground up rocks and animal fat. Sometimes, bits of burned wood were ground up, mixed with animal fat and used for painting as well. Learn how you can create your own "prehistoric paint". [read more]

CHAGALL, MARC: DAYDREAMING WITH MARC CHAGALL: Gr K-5
Here children will learn about the artist Marc Chagall and his famous painting, "I and the Village". They will then explore the concepts of surrealism and early cubism that Chagall portrayed in his work. Submitted by Julie Moses. [read more]

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: A LITTLE KANDINSKY FOR ALL Gr K-8
Learn about lines, primary colors, and Kandinsky with Charlotte Broxan. [read more]

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: KANDINSKY COLOR STUDIES Gr K-8
Students will learn about artist Wassily Kandinsky as they focus on his life as an artist and a musician. From Laura Stuart-Smith. [read more]

KLIMT, GUSTAV: BUILDING KLIMT Gr K-8
Introduce your KinderArtists to the intriguing work of artist Gustav Klimt. Jennifer Schero introduces you to the art and shows you how to Build a Klimt. [read more]

MONDRIAN, PIET - ABSTRACT DESIGNS Gr K-5
Students will create Mondrian-inspired abstract art using crayons and paper. From Cheryl Trowbridge. [read more]

MONET, CLAUDE: MONET'S GARDEN Gr K-5
This lesson from Julie Mower explores the painting Garden at Sainte-Adresse Here, students will create their own garden by the sea utilizing a similar composition design. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: ABSTRACT FLOWERS Gr K-8
Students will view and discuss Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings and then create their own drawings. From Madeline Buonagurio. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: FLOWERS GALORE PreK - Gr.12
Drawing and painting magnified flowers. From Beth Elzinga. [read more]

POLLOCK, JACKSON: DRIPPING PAINT - ACTION PAINTING Pre-K and up
Students will be directed to observe the lines and shapes that make up an action painting. [read more]

SEURAT, GEORGES: DOT TO DOT SEURAT Gr K-5
Learn about pointillism and create your own pointillism artwork with Deanna Chipley and KinderArt. [read more]

VAN GOGH: VINCENT'S FLOWERS Gr K-8
Becoming aquainted with Vincent Van Gogh with the help of art educator Linda Moucha. [read more]

CAMP CRAFTS

ACORN MOBILE K-8
Kids can make this fun decoration for their camp cabin, or as a souvenir to take home after camp. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]


CAMP BANNER K-5
Kids can make a cool banner to decorate their camp mess hall or cabin. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PET ROCK NECKLACE K-5
Turn your pet rock into a necklace! Find inspiration here. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PINE CONE OWLS K-8
You can make a owl using a pine cone and some acorn tops. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

RAINBOW DREAM CATCHER K-8
Kids can make this dream catcher with plenty of different colors to give it a fabulous rainbow feel. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

ROCK BEES K-8
Kids can make these adorable bees to decorate their room, camp dresser, or mess hall table. From Amanda Formaro.[read more]

TIE DYE PILLOWCASE K-8
Kids can make a cool designer pillowcase using this tie dye technique. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

TIN CAN TELEPHONE K-5
Kids can make a tin can telephone and personalize it with decorations. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

TWIG NAME PLATE K-5
Let there be no confusion whose bed is who’s at camp by making a cool nameplate to hang above your bed or on the bedpost. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WATER BOTTLE FLOWERS K-8
Instead of tossing your water bottles, turn them into a work of art! From Amanda Formaro. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CRAFTS

BIRD BINOCULARS Pre-K to Gr. 2
Teach your students how to look for birds with their own crafty binoculars. Jackie shows you how. [read more]

BOTTLE OF TREASURE Pre-K to Gr. 2
Learn how to make your own glittery treasure bottle with the help of Ayla, Vaughn, DezaRae, KiAsia and Kirema. [read more]

BUBBLE FRAME All Ages
Here's a fun and creative way to frame one of those classic bubble bath shots! Grab some old puzzle pieces, paint and some craft gems and you are on your way. These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives.

BUG VILLAGE K and up
All you need for this craft are a few sticks, some acorn tops, rocks, and imagination! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

BUTTERFLY BAGGIES Pre-K to Gr. 2
Lee Popham shows us how to create butterflies using tissue paper and sandwich baggies. [read more]

CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS all ages
Amanda Formaro shows you how to create treasure from trash. [read more]

CRAFT STICK TREES all ages
This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set. No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES Pre-K and up
Angela Hopkins shares a terrific butterfly making lesson for the little ones using coffee filters. [read more]

EASY RECIPE HOLDER K to Gr. 5
Have a look at Tami Allen's crafty idea which turns flower pots into recipe holders. [read more]

FALL LEAVES T-SHIRT all ages
This adorable shirt can be made for either a boy or a girl. So colorful and vibrant they are definitely going to love it! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

HAND PRINT ANGELS Pre-K to Gr. 2
You can create angels using your child's handprint. Carol Ingram shows you how. [read more]

JELLYBEAN SWEET JAR all ages
A sweet gift idea! From Craftbits. [read more]

MUFFIN LINER FLOWERS Pre-K to Gr. 2
Your students can use muffin liners and magic markers to create 3-D flowers. From KinderArt. [read more]

MY HANDPRINT Pre-K to Gr. 2
Julia Wallace has a fun handprint craft idea, complete with a poem. [read more]

PAPER AND CLOTHESPIN DRAGONFLIES Pre-K to Gr. 2
Students will manipulate paper to create a dragonfly. From Coree Snyder. [read more]

PAPER BAG KITES K to Gr. 5
Go fly a kite made from paper grocery bags and paint. [read more]

PAPER BAG TREES all ages
Grab a brown paper lunch bag and some colored tissue paper to make this easy and fun tree that appears to be blowing in the wind. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PASTA PICTURE FRAME Pre-K to Gr. 5
A tried and true favorite, Debbie Howard shares a fun way for students and children to make inexpensive picture frames. [read more]

PHOTO CARD all ages
Grab some construction paper or card stock, a photo and some glue and make this adorable little card.From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PLUSH PAINT PAIL PALS all ages
When your kids have finished off the paint in those little plastic containers, what do you do with them? How about making these darling little magnets! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

POPSICLE® STICK PICTURE FRAMES Pre-K to Gr. 8
Judith Walsh and Ryan Hecker share their idea for making picture frames with wooden craft sticks. [read more]

POPSICLE® STICK KIDS Pre-K to Gr. 5
Your kinderartists will love creating these little characters. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

RECYCLED LID ORNAMENT Pre-K to Gr. 8
This craft shows you how you and your students can create beautiful holiday ornaments using recycled materials. From Connie Miller. [read more]


SAND JARS all ages
Linda Otis-Gutman shows us how to make colorful sculptures. [read more]

SALTDOUGH LADYBUG K to Gr. 5
Kids love to create things, and so do grown ups! This darling little ladybug makes a great shelf adornment or a welcome visitor on your desk. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SALT DOUGH FOOTBALL K to Gr. 5
Here's a fun craft to keep your kids busy during the game. Make this fun mini football into a magnet for the fridge or even a good luck charm for watching the game! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SALT DOUGH SPORTS MAGNETS K to Gr. 5
If the Dad in your child's life is a sports nut, these magnets made from salt dough are a perfect gift for Father's Day. Simple instructions and easy to decorate you can make extras for Grandpa too! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SNOW GLOBES K to Gr. 5
Learn how to make your own snow globes. From Dee Cantrell. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER SUNFLOWERS Pre-K to Gr. 5
Students will make their own colorful sunflowers using tissue paper and glue. [read more]

WASTE NOT PICTURE FRAMES all ages
These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WASTE NOT SNOWMAN all ages
There are plenty of crafts you can make from items found around the house, or even those headed for the garbage can. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WINTER WONDERLAND WINDOWS Pre-K to Gr. 2
Introduce young children to landscape painting and give them a hands-on experience with different media. From Felicity Green of the Walters Art Gallery. [read more]

DRAMA

BEAN BAG K and up
This exercise demonstrates to the children how important it is to project their voices. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

MIRROR EXERCISE K and up
This drama exercise promotes inventiveness, clowning, and timing. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

PANTOMIME K and up
This drama exercise helps children learn to communicate without words. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

DRAWING

A UNIQUE DRAWING EXPERIENCE all ages
Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art. [read more]

ADVANCED SCRIBBLE PICTURES K-8
This lesson from Kim Swanger requires planning and problem solving, much like a math problem or science experiment. Students will see that scribbles can become much more. [read more]

BEAUTIFUL NUMBERS K and up
This art activity focuses on the shapes of numbers. A good tie-in to math for younger students. [read more]

BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
Contour drawing is an excellent way to train the eye to draw what it really sees rather than what it thinks it sees. [read more]

CHALK AND GLUE PreK - Gr.8
A great lesson using art paste and pastels. Submitted by Leon Ruder. [read more]

CHALK AND STRING DESIGNS Gr. 3 - 12
Learn how to create wonderful works of art using string and chalk pastels. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CLOWNING AROUND K-5
Rebecca Engelman shows you how to teach your students how to make a clown drawing. [read more]

CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
This is awonderful mini lesson which shoes students how to create a contour drawing. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

CRAYON ETCHING PreK - 8
Younger students will enjoy exploring this activity while older students should be encouraged to investigate detailed images and patterns. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST FISH PreK - Gr.8
Use crayons or oil pastels and paint to create wonderful undersea images. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST JACK-O-LANTERN PreK - Gr.8
A paint and crayon lesson plan for all ages. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

DRAW A SPIDER WEB K-5
Students can follow step by step directions to create a spider web pattern drawing. This is a terrific lesson plan for Halloween. [read more]

DRAWING ADVENTURE K-5
Students will create drawings based on an imaginary journey. [read more]

ELEPHANTS K-2
Students will draw a step by step contour drawing of elephants using markers and pastels. From Jillian Goldberg. [read more]

FILL A JAR K-5
This lesson shows students how to make the ordinary - extraodinary. [read more]

I AM AN ARTIST K - Gr. 5
Here you will find a list of ideas to encourage students to work on their own sketchbooks. This is a good jumping off point for teachers and students who wish to try creating sketchbooks during the school year. From Eileen Urbanski. [read more]

NAME ALIENS & MONSTERS K - Gr. 5
This is a fun, weird and creative lesson that encourages students to create art using their names. Who could ask for anything more? From Melisa McCurley. [read more]

PLEIN AIR DRAWING AND PAINTING all ages
Are you looking for something creative to do on a clear day? Why not take a trip outside to let nature inspire you? [read more]

PRE-DRAWING EXERCISES K and up
This is a wonderful mini lesson that has children draw images from memory. In order to evaluate progess, there must be an established reference point for comparison. Have students produce untutored drawings before they receive instruction. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

SEE IF YOU CAN DRAW K - Gr. 5
Students will use their imagination and creativity by solving art problems in this art game. From Judy Walsh. [read more]

SHAPES: ORGANIC AND GEOMETRIC K - Gr. 5
Students will learn about the difference between organic and geometric shapes. They will also learn about warm and cool colors. [read more]

SHOE FISH K - Gr. 5
Aaron Kinn has a fantastic idea for creating fish with your young ones, using the soles of their shoes. [read more]

SHOE RUBBINGS (MONSTERS) K - Gr. 5
Using the patterns and designs found at the bottom of their shoes, students will create imaginary monsters as they learn about African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger. From Michelle Strawser. [read more]

SUNFLOWERS all ages
Students will create expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon. [read more]

WET CHALK DRAWING/PAINTING K to Gr. 5
By dipping your chalk into wet paint, you can create wonderful works of chalk art that won't smudge like regular chalk. [read more]

WHAT'S OUTSIDE THE WINDOW? PreK - Gr. 8
This is a terrific drawing lesson that gets the creative juices flowing. It is great as a 15 minute filler. [read more]

MULTICULTURAL ART

BOX OF CRAYONS K-5
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., create a classroom box of crayons to celebrate our differences and discover our similarities. [read more]

COFFEE CAN DRUM K-5
Drums are an important part of life and ceremony in many cultures. Here students can create drums using recycled aluminum cans. [read more]

HANDPRINT RAINBOW PreK-Gr2
Children will see that every hand print is different as they work together on a cooperative art project. From: Amie Lording. [read more]

MASKS: PAPIER MACHE K and up
These colorful, razzle dazzle masks are simply magical! [read more]

MASKS: COLORFUL PAPER MASKS K and up
Using paper and scissors and objects you find, you can make masks of all colors and kinds. [read more]

MASKS: PLAIN PAPER MASKS PreK-Gr8
This is a quick and easy way for your students to make masks. [read more]

SOLE PEOPLE K-8
Students will learn about the African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger. From Debi London. [read more]

DIDGERIDOOS K and up
A didgeridoo is a long wooden trumpet-like instrument used by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. [read more]

KORU ART K-12
Children will become familiar with the Maori Koru designs as they create colorful works of art using chalk pastels. From Kim Lannon. [read more]

CHINESE DRAGON K-8
Ilona Lelli has what it takes to create a Chinese dragon. You and your kinderartists will enjoy this multicultural lesson. [read more]

JAPANESE FANS K-8
Learn about Japanese culture with this lesson from Karen West. [read more]

JAPANESE ABSTRACT WIND SOCK K-8
Learn how to create a windsock with a paper bag and some magic markers. From C. Schilling. [read more]

PAPER BAG OR FABRIC PONCHO K-5
This craft is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo festival. [read more]

YARN PAINTING (OFRENDAS) K-12
The Huichol Indians of Mexico are known for their yarn paintings. Here, learn how to make your own. [read more]

PAINTING

APRIL SHOWERS RAINDROP PAINTING PreK-5
This activity shows kids how they can work with Mother Nature to create original works of art. From Holly LaForge. [read more]

BELLA BUTTERFLIES K-8
Students will review symmetry while creating a crayon resist butterfly. By Claudia Peterson. [read more]

BLOTTOS PreK and up
A blotto is a simple version of a monoprint. Here students will learn that no two blottos are ever alike (though they do often resemble butterflies and other insects). [read more]

CITY BLOCK PAINTING K-5
Students will use lines of all kinds to create a painting of a city block using tempera paint. From: Emily Coffey. [read more]

COLOR THE SNOW PreK and up
Who needs a rainy day when you have a snowy day! Create you own winter wonderland with colorful buckets of snow. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

COMPLEMENTARY COLOR TURTLES K-2
Children will learn about complementary colors and color mixing as they create paintings with turtles as the theme. From Alexa Stoica. [read more]

CORN MEAL AND POWDER PAINT PreK-2
By combining glue, paint and corn meal, your students will be in for a wonderful textural surprise. From Lelis Kopatsaris. [read more]

CRAYON CRACKLE PAINTING K and up
Students will learn about texture as they experiment with crackle patterns. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST FALL LEAVES PreK - Gr2
Melissa Jordan shows you and your kinderartists how to create with nature as your inspiration. [read more]

CREPE OR TISSUE PAPER BLOTS PreK - Gr2
You can use crepe paper streamers to making beautiful designs. [read more]

EMOTION PAINTING K and up
Students will gain an understanding of how much of a role emotion plays in artmaking as they create paintings based on feelings. [read more]

FALL LEAF WATERCOLORS K-5
Pamela Julian Manney shares a unique way of painting leaves. [read more]

FISH BANNER K-8
Animals that live underwater can provide parents and educators with an enormous amount of teaching inspiration. Here learn how to create colorful banners with fish as the theme. [read more]

FOIL ETCHING K - Gr5
By using aluminum foil instead of paper, students will create fabulous (and shiny) works of art. [read more]

FLORIDA BLUE CRAB PreK - Gr2
Find out how to make handprint crab pictures. From Amy Schamburek. [read more]

FLOWER PAINTING PreK-2
Amy Prater shares a lovely painting/printmaking idea using obects from nature. [read more]

FRUIT COLOR WHEEL PreK-2
Children wiil create a fruit-themed colour wheel as a decorative reminder of colour-mixing. From Kasia Ciesla. [read more]

HAPPY ACCIDENTS PreK and up
Take it from us, mistakes can be beautiful. By working with ink, watercolor and wet paper, students will be forced to "go with the flow". [read more]

MILK BUBBLES K and up
Students will use milk and food coloring to make wild, fantastic patterns which can be transferred to paper. From David Leatherwood. Includes a video. [read more]

MIXING COLORS (using corn syrup and food coloring) PreK - Gr2
Corn syrup and food coloring are the ingredients in this sticky color mixing lesson. This is a KinderArt Cool Kid submitted lesson from Elisha B. [read more]

MOUSE PAINTING PreK - 2
Using this wonderful book, Kim Swanger shows you how to teach your kinderartists about color mixing. [read more]
PAINTED ROCKS all ages
Using paint and glue, students will create wonderful works of art while learning about geology! [read more]

PAINTED SHOES all ages
Canadian artist Teodoro Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. Find out how your students can get creative on a different kind of canvas. [read more]

PAPER PLATE SUNFLOWERS PreK - Gr2
Students will learn about sunflowers as they create their own artistic version. From Karen Rowley. [read more]

PASS THE PAINTING K-5
Jennifer Baxter has a unique way to teach students how to to see that objects don't have set colors and that our imaginations are limitless. [read more]

PULLED STRING ART PreK - Gr 5
Kristen Peery shares a terrific pulled string painting lesson. [read more]

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY ART PreK - Gr2
Find out how to turn a rainy day into an artmaking day! [read more]

SAND PAINTING K-12
Navajo Natives created sand paintings as a way of chasing away evil spirits. This lesson shows you how to make your own sand paintings that are inspired by the real thing. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

SCRATCH ART all ages
Learn how to create a fireworks display with crayons and paint. From B. Church. [read more]
(Section: Seasons)

SEASHELL PAINTING all ages
Seashells make wonderful palm-size canvases for seascape paintings. [read more]

SPIN ART PreK - Gr5
Spin art teaches children about color, color mixing and abstract art. From Judith Walsh. [read more]

SPONGE PAINTING PreK - Gr2
Kids can have fun with materials found under the kitchen sink. [read more]

SPONGE PAINTING FLOWERS PreK - Gr2
Using sponges and paint, students will make wonderful flowers. From Michele Rivera. [read more]

SPRAY BOTTLE PAINT MURAL PreK - Gr2
This is an outdoor, warm weather activity that teaches young children about color mixing. [read more]

SPREADING PAINT WITH A POPSICLE® STICK PreK - Gr2
Using paint, wax paper, popsicle® sticks and more, KinderArtists will explore different techniques for art expression. Lelis walks you and your young ones through the steps. [read more]

TEXTURE WITH A CHEMICAL REACTION (PAINTING WITH SALT) PreK- Gr5
Here, students will learn about the effects of salt on watercolors as they paint a picture of a tree. From Kim Swanger. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLIES PreK and up
Students will learn about color mixing as they create butterflies out of tissue paper (or paint or magic markers) and coffee filters. From Karen LaVarnway and Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

TRI-COLORED SNAILS PreK - Gr2
Children will learn about primary colors and color mixing as they create paintings with snails as the theme. From Alexa Stoica. [read more]

TWO LAYER PAINTING PreK - Gr 5
Students will learn about warm/cool colors, as they experiment with color mixing in layers. From Elizabeth Kinney. [read more]

VAN GOGH'S PAINTING STYLE K - Gr8
Teach your children about what makes a Van Gogh painting a Van Gogh painting. A great painting and art history lesson submitted by H. Bachman, an art educator from Maryland, USA. [read more]

WATERCOLOR RAINBOWS PreK - Gr2
A wonderful "welcome spring" lesson submitted by Gena Becerra - April Lane School, Yuba City CA. [read more]

WATERMELON PAINTING PreK - Gr2
Using a watermelon slice as inspiration, student will experiment with basic shapes. Mary Beth Knippel. [read more]

WEAVE A WATERCOLOR K - 5
Students will review color wheel/rainbow colors and explore watercolors and then they will create weavings of their paintings. From Sandi DeLoge [read more]

WINTER RESISTS K - Gr5
Crayon resist is a technique that usually combines crayons and dark paint or ink. Snow scenes can be created using white tempera instead of black. [read more]

PRINTMAKING

FRUIT and VEGGIE PRINTS PreK and up
A fun and inexpensive way to introduce printmaking. This is for all ages. [read more]

MONOPRINTS PreK and up
Monoprinting is a process whereby only one print is pulled from the printing plate. Here are three methods you can try. [read more]

MONOPRINTS: FALL REFLECTIONS K - Gr 5
Pat Higgins shows us how to create a fall scene using the monoprinting method. [read more]

MONOPRINTING WITH FOIL K - Gr. 12
This lesson offers a unique way to create a monoprint using paint and aluminum foil. From Stacey Glover. [read more]

MONOPRINTING - WHEN IS A BLOCK, NOT A BLOCK? PreK - Gr 2
Students will use a monoprint as a jumping off point for a wonderful work of art. From Alexa Stoica. [read more]

PUZZLE PRINTS K - Gr. 8
Using old puzzle pieces to create fun works of art. [read more]

SHAVED CRAYON MONOPRINTS PreK - 8
Lisa offers this lesson idea that makes use of old crayons. [read more]

SNOWFLAKE PRINTS PreK - Gr 2
Gena Yarbrough's lesson helps children understand the concept of printmaking. Here you will use berry baskets and glitter to make "snowflake" prints. [read more]

STYROFOAM RELIEF PRINTMAKING K and up
A form of relief printing that makes use of readily available styrofoam meat and vegetable trays. [read more]

TENNIS BALL PRINTS PreK - Gr 5
Another warm weather outdoor activity that's just plain fun and messy. [read more]

YARN FISH PRINTS K - 8
Create an underwater scene while building fine motor skills. From art educator, Gullion. [read more]

RECYCLING CRAFTS

ART SAVERS PreK and up
Kids will have fun making one of these handy "art savers" which they can use to transport their works of art. From Charlotte Riley. [read more]

BIRD FEEDER PreK and up
Providing an easy way for children to give back to the environment. From Adrienne Bolles. [read more]

BIRDHOUSE PreK - Gr. 8
A lovely one-season birdhouse made from recycled household materials. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

BODY COLLAGE PreK - Gr 5
A Me, Myself and I project. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

COFFEE CAN DRUM K - Gr. 5
A simple method of creating a fun sounding drum. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER FRIDGE MAGNETS PreK and up
Making butterflies from coffee filters. From: Sarah Cannington. [read more]

COLORFUL COASTERS PreK - Gr. 5
A great gift idea that makes use of recycled materials found around the home. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

COSMIC MOBILE K - Gr. 5
A fun and easy project for kids of all ages. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CUTLERY WIND CHIMES K - Gr. 5
Recycle plastic cutlery and a paper plate to make a set of wind chimes. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

EGG CUP FLOWERS K - Gr. 5
Create fabulous flowers by recycling egg cartons! Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

HANDMADE PAPER all ages
Make your own paper using recycled materials. From Eva D'Amico. [read more]

LEAF PEOPLE PreK - Gr. 5
What to do with that big pile of leaves in your backyard? Make leaf people of course. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

MAGAZINE MOSAICS PreK - Gr. 8
Using magazines or photos, you can achieve an effect similar to mosaics formed of glass, clay or stone. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

MILK CARTON HOUSES PreK - Gr. 5
An architectural activity that makes use of materials normally thrown in the garbage. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

MINI VASE K - Gr. 5
Recycle paper (or plastic) drinking cups to make a mini vase. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

NAPKIN RINGS K - Gr. 8
Recycle paper towel rolls to make napkin rings. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

NYLON SNAKE K - Gr. 5
Here's a way to use up those colorful plastic cups & plates used at birthday parties and school events. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PERSONAL NOTES all ages
Recycling your child's drawings, from Windie. [read more]

PIE PLATE FISH PreK - Gr. 8
The underwater world serves as wonderful inspiration for artists of all ages. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC PreK - Gr. 8
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PUZZLE PIECE PICTURE FRAME PreK - Gr. 8
Use up those puzzle pieces and create a unique picture frame. [read more]

PUZZLE TREES PreK - Gr. 5
Trees from recycled puzzle pieces. A great idea from Judith Walsh. [read more]

RECYCLED CARD BOX K - Gr. 5
Joshua gives new life to old greeting cards by turning them into functional boxes. [read more]

STAMP BOX PreK - Gr. 5
A great indoor craft project, stamp boxes make wonderful Father's Day gifts. [read more]

TWIG CONSTRUCTION all ages
Children will learn about homes as they design and make a twig and leaf shelter. From Catherine Bamess. [read more]

SCULPTURE

BEAN MOSAICS PreK and up
Students will learn about mosaic techniques as they create a mosaic using dried beans and peas. From Kimberly Jensen. [read more]

CLAY SAND CASTLES PreK and up
Children will develop their sculpture techniques and express their creativity by molding and decorating their own clay sand castles. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

COIL CONTAINERS - POTTERY K and up
Students will learn how to build a container with clay, using coil and slab hand-building techniques. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]

DRAGONFLY SCULPTURE K - Gr. 5
Learn how to make mini dragonfly sculptures using clothespegs, paper and paint (or markers). From KinderArt. [read more]

FABRIC ASSEMBLAGE PreK and up
This lesson shows you what you can do with scraps of burlap, canvas and other types of fabric. [read more]

GIANT STUFFED BIRDS K - Gr. 8
Using a variety of art supplies you can create fabulous soft sculpture with art educator Linda Moucha. [read more]

HAVE IT YOUR WAY SANDWICH COLLAGE K - Gr.2
This is a fun way to teach children about collage. From Deb Barone of Myerstown Elementary School, Myerstown, PA. [read more]

KHAMSA GOOD LUCK HANDS K and up
Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural (Moroccan) art as they learn and use design elements in creating a hand print. From Susan Kimes-Demboski. [read more]

KITES K - Gr. 5
Have your students use different art techniques in one fun art project. From Jennifer Nilsson. [read more]

LEAF BY LEAF all ages
This project from Sandi Kovach-Long can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges. [read more]

MAGIC WANDS AND WAND HOLDERS K - Gr. 8
Anitra the Great has a super lesson for your Kinderartists. This activity uses wood, paint and ribbons. [read more]

MAKING A DOT WITHOUT MAKING A DOT K - Gr. 5
A fabulous paper mosaic lesson. From Jennifer Stratton. This is a wonderful project that shows how confidence breeds confidence! [read more]

MARACAS (BALLOONS) K - Gr. 8
Lillian Foxx's maraca making lesson results in the pleasure of discovery and accomplishment. Here learn how to make maracas using balloons and flour paste. [read more]

MARACAS (ORANGES AND PAPER) K - Gr. 8
Learn how to make maracas using oranges, tissue paper and glue. From KinderArt. [read more]

MARACAS (SIMPLE) & SHAKERS PreK - Gr. 8
Maracas were originally made from the dried shells of gourds with beads or beans inside. This lesson shows you how to make maracas using paper cups. [read more]

MARIGOLD SCULPTURES K and up
Students can make marigold sculptures using tin cans, paper and glue. Submitted by: Anitra Redlefsen..[read more]

MEDIA COLLAGE K - Gr.12
With this lesson, your students will learn how to take a close look at print advertising and product packaging. [read more]

PAPER BAG BUTTERFLY PUPPETS PreK - Gr. 5
Students will create butterflies as they learn about three dimensional sculpture and use puppets to tell a story. From Linda Moucha. [read more]

PEBBLE PICTURES PreK and up
Add another dimension to paintings using pebbles found at the beach. [read more]

PENGUINS, PENGUINS, PENGUINS K - Gr. 5
Step by step instructions on how to make a penguin using a juice bottle and paper mache pulp. [read more]

PINATAS K and up
Complete instructions on how to make a pinata using balloons and papier mache. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations! From Wendy Payne. [read more]

PIPE CLEANER SCULPTURE K and up
Learn how to make abstract art with foam and pipe cleaners. From Pat Klingbiel. [read more]

PLAY DOUGH PreK and up
Students will experiement with homemade play dough. Includes a recipe! From Julie Duell. [read more]

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC PreK and up
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. In this lesson, students use pumpkin seeds and paint to create colorful mosaics. [read more]

PUZZLES K - Gr. 5
Students will learn how to create their own puzzles. Submitted by: Anitra Redlefsen..[read more]

RAINBOWS (TORN PAPER) PreK - Gr. 5
Students will make rainbows using torn construction paper. From KinderArt.com [read more]

RAINSTICKS K and up
Legend has it that the Chilean Indians invented the rainstick to make rainy weather. Make a rainstick using a cardboard carpet tube, nails and sunflower seeds. [read more]

SCRAP WOOD SCULPTURES K and up
Start with a a box of wood scraps to create a masterpiece. [read more]

SHAPE COLLAGE PIZZA K - Gr. 2
Students will learn about collage as they create a cut paper pizza. Submitted by: Melissa Jordan, [read more]

SUNSET PICTURES K - Gr. 5
Encouraging children to observe the sunsets more closely and be aware of colors and shadows during those moments. From Sinead Lawson. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER PAINTING AND SCULPTURE K and up
Students will create sculptural images using tissue paper as paint. [read more]

TOOTHPICK SCULPTURE K - Gr. 8
Students will learn about sculpture as they create with toothpicks and marshmallows. From Judith Walsh. [read more]

VASE WITH POPPIES K - Gr. 5
When time is short, but children need to keep busy, I suggest doing this cut and paste activity. By Mrs. Wolf. [read more]





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