If you are like me, you are ready for the children to go outside! There are plenty of art activities they can make or draw outside. Plenty of children of all ages like to draw with sidewalk chalk. Children can be inspired by drawing a large circle or square and adding a variety of lines and shapes and colors. Older ones can print out abstract paintings of Picasso with noses going in one direction and eyes in another. Tomato Soup cans of Warhol can be inspirational.
Have you ever wondered how to draw a leprechaun? They are such wee folks. Saint Patricks Day is right around the corner. Wear green at school or get pinched! My art lesson, Leprechauns, Pots of Gold, and Rainbows, contains directions for drawing leprechauns, pots of gold , and rainbows. It also contains a wee bit a of the legends of leprechauns. Click on the image to go to my store.
Many teachers use the farm theme for fall. It is a good one to teach children about animals and where our food comes from. October is a good month for corn and corn mazes and scare crows. Art teachers can teach color mixing with paint. Little ones can learn red and yellow make orange pumpkins. Creating art with warm colors can be taught with an “On the Farm” theme.
Plastic farm animals can be bought at the dollar stores or the dollar bins at the big box stores. These are great for children to use to draw and create their own symbols or art style. Of course the internet is full of farm animal images to choose but sometimes these are difficult to draw and there may be copyright issues.
Fall landscapes of farms can also be taught. Artwork by artists such as Grandma Moses or Grant Wood can be found and projected and analyzed for colors used, how texture is created, and how was depth (close-up and far away) achieved.
I have created an On the Farm product with art lessons and examples of the steps. Here is the link:
After creating art designs with lines and shapes and patterns, we need to create a nice picture. Animals for the subject matter is an easy beginning art project. My art project can be bought in my store.
Did you know we only use five lines and two shapes when we draw? That’s all we use! That sounds easy doesn’t it?
What are the five lines and two shapes? The five lines are the horizontal line (straight across), the vertical line ( straight up and down line), the diagonal line ( drawn at an angle from top left to bottom right or top right to bottom left), the curvy line or wavy line, and the zigzag line. The two shapes are natural ones (like clouds) and geometric ones (squares, rectangles, triangles, circles).
First we need to practice making the lines and shapes. Get some markers or crayons. If you like to use a ruler, go ahead and get one.
You will also need a white piece of paper.
A good practice would be to draw the five lines on your paper. Begin with drawing 3-5 lines of each kind of line on your paper. An example would be to draw 3-5 horizontal lines, 3-5 vertical lines, etc. Then draw 3-5 geometric shapes different sizes on the same paper. The different lines will divide the geometric shapes into natural ones.
Hey there! I’m Mizz Mac, author of Art for Kids Online. A little about myself I was raised by a professional artist so we created art alot!! I majored in both art education and elementary education in college because I wanted to teach art to children. I ended up getting a b.s.in education with a double major because our governor at the time eliminated art in elementary schools at the end of my junior year in college! I did graduate and taught elementary school, worked, got married, had two kids, and began teaching art when my friend opened her own art studio. After that I taught art to elementary and middle schoolers for close to 25 years at a private school.
Now I am retired and have lots of art lessons and thoughts and advice to share on my Art for Kids Online website. There will be art lessons and projects and a link to my store on the teacherspayteachers.com website.