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  PAINTING LESSONS FOR KIDS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER PreK
This lesson shows you how to make handprint apple pictures. From Amy Schamburek. [read more]

ANIMALS ANIMALS K-5
A terrific lesson which incorporates social studies, science, technology, art and the writing process. From Alice Cunningham. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

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]

BABY WIPE TIE DYE Gr. 3-5
Students will experiment with colors, designs and patterns as they make tie dye designs using baby wipes and magic markers. From Judith Walsh. [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]

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

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

CAVE PAINTING: 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]
(Section: Art History)

CHINESE DRAGON K-8
Students will discover the world of the Chinese dragon by creating their own festive dragon. From Ilona Lelli. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

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 COLLISION Gr. 6-12
Students will experience watercolor and it's blending and flowing properties to make a color design based on color theory. From Amy Shapley. [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]

COW PARADE Gr. 6-12
This lesson challenges students to decorate cow cutouts in the style of great artists. Inspired by Cow Parade in Kansas City. From art educator Mary Love. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

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]

CREATURE PAINTING PreK - Gr5
Start with an ink and watercolor painting and end with imaginative creatures that come to life right off of the paper! [read more]

EASY TIE DYE K and up
Great recipes and projects from Amanda Formaro. This is a very detailed lesson which shows you how to tie dye. [read more]
(Section: Textiles)

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]

GETTING TO KNOW YOU K-2
Linda J. DiPasquale-Morello has a terrific "ice-breaker" for you to try in your classroom. In this lesson, students will create self portraits. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

GRAFFITI Gr 3-5
Here, students explore line shape and color as they work both individually and as an artistic unit. By: Catherine Bamess. [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]

HEART BLOTTOS PreK and up
These monoprints are great fun for Valentine's Day and the whole year through. [read more]
(Section: Seasons)

IT'S A BUG'S LIFE Gr. 3-5
In this lesson, students will create an original crayon resist painting of a bug's life. From Elisa Michael. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

JAPANESE FANS K-8
Students will learn about Japanese culture as they create decorative fans. From Karen West. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: A LITTLE KANDINSKY FOR ALL K-8
Students will learn about lines, primary colors, and the artist Kandinsky. From Charlotte Broxan. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

KENTE CLOTHS Gr. 3-5
Students will learn the history of Ghanaian Kente Cloths as they practice using geometric shapes to design their own Kente Cloth strips. From Amy Shapley. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

LANDSCAPE RESIST PAINTING Gr 3-8
Making an art form using processes and techniques influenced by those of different artists can help one to better understand how to create a landscape. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]

LINE PAINTING FLOWERS Gr. 3 and up
Students will be introduced to the work of Geoff Slater - the artist who paints images using one single line! [read more]

LITTLE GREEN K-2
This lesson teaches children how to make the color green by mixing the two primary colors, blue and yellow. Inspired by the Leo Lionni Book, Little Blue and Little Yellow. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

MATISSE, HENRI: MEET THE ARTIST! Gr. 3-5
Eileen Urbanski shares her ideas for teaching students about the life and art of Fauvist painter, Henri Matisse. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MESOAMERICAN CODEX BOOKS Gr. 3-8
Here students will learn about Ancient Mesoamericans as they create a wonderful piece of historical art. Art Educator Amy Shapley walks you and your kinderartists through the steps. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

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]

MISTER SEAHORSE K-5
A lovely themed bulletin board idea which uses painted seahorses inspired by Eric Carle. From Alice Cunningham. [read more]
(Section: Bulletin Boards)

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING Gr. 3 and up
This is a mixed media still life "happy accident" art lesson that is a great introduction to pen & ink, watercolor and pastels. [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]

MONDRIAN STYLE PAINTING Gr. 3-12
Learn how to make a painting in the style of artist Piet Mondrian. [read more]

MONET, CLAUDE: MONET AND IMPRESSIONISM Gr3 - 8
This lesson from Judy Sassano teaches students about Monet and Impressionism as students are encouraged to create their own Impressionistic painting. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MORRISSEAU, NORVAL - OJIBWA PAINTER Gr. 3 and up
A medicine man or shaman, Morrisseau developed a style which has since evolved and been used by many Native artists. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

MOUSE PAINTING PreK - 2
Using this wonderful book, Kim Swanger shows you how to teach your kinderartists about color mixing. [read more]
OWL REFLECTIONS Gr. 3-5
This lesson introduces students to basic printmaking concepts as well as watercolor resist techniques. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

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]

PAINTING BALLERINA K-8
The author of the book, The Painting Ballerina, shares some inspirational ideas with you and your students. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

PAPER BATIK FLOWERS Gr 3- 8
Find out how to make wonderful Batik-Style paintings with flowers as the theme. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

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]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

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]

PLANT DYE PAINTS Gr. 3-8
Students will learn that plants are a source of natural dyes and paints. Find complete recipes, from Kim Swanger. [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]
(Section: Drawing)

POLLOCK, JACKSON: DRIPPING PAINT - ACTION PAINTING PreK and up
Students will be directed to observe the lines and shapes that make up an "action" painting. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

POP ART ICE CREAM PAINTINGS Gr 3-5
Students will create ice cream cones as a repeated pattern. This isa really super lesson plan from art educator Madeline Buonagurio. Kinderartists will LOVE this one! [read more]
(Section: Art History)

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]

ROUAULT, GEORGES: PORTRAITS Gr 3-5
Portrait Painting in the style of Georges Rouault with the help of Kim Hoskins-Ward. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

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)

SEURAT, GEORGES: Q-TIP® POINTILLISM Gr 3-12
S.Klein shares a great technique students can use to reproduce the look of a Georges Seurat pointilism painting. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

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]

SHADED BOTTLES Gr3-8
Amy Shapley show you how to create a wonderful still life with pencils and paint. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

SOLE PEOPLE K-8
Students will learn about African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger as they create people using the patterns and found on the soles of the shoes. From Debi London. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

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]

SUNFLOWERS K and up
Learn how to make expressionistic sunflowers using pastels. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

SWEET STUFF - WAYNE THIEBAUD Gr 6-8
Introduce your students to Wayne Thiebaud - the artist famous for his dreamy 1960s paintings of cakes. Amy Shapley shares a yummy lesson plan. [read more]

SWIMMY - STORYBOOK ART K-2
Your students will become aware of the illustrating style of Leo Lionni as they create an underwater painting with artist Vera Trembach. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

TASTY COLOR MIXING PreK - Gr2
A yummy color mixing exercise that teaches students about the magic of color. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

TEXTURE PAINTING Gr 3-8
In this lesson, students learn about texture and impasto painting. From Lillian Arreola. [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]

TISSUE PAPER PAINTINGS Gr 3-8
This lesson involves the application of many layers of tissue paper to create a "painted" image. [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]

UNDER THE SEA Gr 3-8
Several watercolor techniques are introduced here as students learn about tropical fish, unified composition and contour line. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

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]

VAN GOGH: SUNFLOWERS K and up
Students will create expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

VIEWFINDER PAINTING Gr 3 and up
Students will learn to look at the different ways of laying out a painting as they begin to recognize important elements of design.. [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]

WINTER WONDERLAND Gr 3 - 5
A lesson in how to paint snow covered trees. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

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