Painting
Robots

Robots

We needed a simple project that the kids could complete while others were finishing off their fish prints. I chose robots! The kids drew in pencil – taking inspiration from a few images I had brought along, but were basically left to their own devices. The next stage was to paint their robots in a...
More sponge printing and Rousseau inspired tigers

More sponge printing and Rousseau inspired tigers

Everyone loved the sponge printing flowers so much that I decided to continue with it for our next project. The children learnt about Henri Rousseau – they loved the book The fantastic jungles of Henri rousseau, especially the fact that Rousseau was self taught. I love reading with the kids at the beginning of a...
Sponge printing

Sponge printing

This was a fantastic lesson – inspired by the poinsettia lesson on Deep Space Sparkle A few plates of paint, some cotton buds and a pile of sponges from the pound shop were all that was needed. Will definitely run this project again with my after school kids.
Red Winter birds

Red Winter birds

A lovely Wintry themed collage/paint project with my P1-P3 groups (age 5-7). The children first did a guided drawing of their bird before outlining in sharpie and painting in red. I set up 2 work stations – one for painting the backgrounds (lots of watery paint and a smattering of salt) and a birch tree...
Autumn birch trees

Autumn birch trees

I love this project. You find it being posted time and again on pinterest and art education blogs – and for good reason: Everyone has “success”; it can be adapted to the different seasons (I have also done a ‘wnter’ version); it can be completed in one session and is embraced by all age groups....
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This is a simple last minute Halloween project I did with both my groups last year. It took 2 sessions – the first painting the tint (adding white) and shade (adding black or complimentary colour) moon + night skies and the 2nd cutting out the spooky stencils. Think I under-estimated how tricky it would be...
Oh the Places You'll Go - Part 2

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Part 2

This was a 2 part Dr Seuss project that I undertook with my older group (ages 8 through to 11). First up, the Truffula trees from the Dr Seuss book ‘The Lorax’. I have to say this was not an enjoyable process! Most of the kids found it quite hard and got very frustrated. However...
Oh the Places You'll Go! - Part 1

Oh the Places You’ll Go! – Part 1

This is a project I did with the younger ones towards the end of the Summer term. We wanted to use up some more of our beautiful paste papers – and who doesn’t love a bit of Dr. Seuss? So we decided to each make paste paper collage hot air balloons. We first read “Oh...
Elements of Line / Warm & Cool colours

Elements of Line / Warm & Cool colours

First off, I LOVED this project. We did it over 2 weeks, using large A2 piece of construction paper (I’d love to go bigger still, but space doesn’t permit..). The first week, I laid out pots of black paint and a selection of paintbrushes each. Everyone worked together to come up with as many different...
Paste Paper books

Paste Paper books

We made tiny wee books by folding and cutting a plain sheet of A4 paper. Covers were made using 1/2 a piece of one of our decorated A4 paste papers (original post here). Do not under-estimate how long the paper-folding will take!! – and a few practise goes were definitely in order first! Paper weaving...
Japanese Koi

Japanese Koi

I have been wanting the kids to make some koi paintings for a while now. Koi are just so beautiful – I wanted the kids to have the challenge of drawing, but not something too complex and to have the freedom to paint / colour the picture however they wished. The older children worked on...
Paste Paper Experiments

Paste Paper Experiments

This weekend, the kids and I decided to experiment with paste papers for using in my after school art club. This is something I hadn’t come across before seeing them on Pinterest. It was great fun and I think we have only scratched the surface with it – so many possibilities… I found a fantastic...