Easy Kindergarten Easter Bunny Art Lesson

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I know I am a little late in the game with Easter this year…it feels like the school year is just flying by.  This is a cute lesson I found on artventurous blog http://artventurous.blogspot.com/2014/04/easter-bunny.html?showComment=1396478653392#c8458852638914827174.  I ended up cutting some templates for the students to use to trace for the egg shape body so that we would start out proportionate 🙂  Then we added the rest of the features step by step with pencil and erasers.  I thought I would share with you so you can do over Easter break.  Have a happy and blessed Easter!

Kindergarten Easter Bunny Art Lesson

Skills Learned:

  • Drawing step by step.
  • Tracing over lines.

Materials Used;

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Kindergarten Valentines Project-Warm and Cool Hearts

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My favorite holiday is coming up in February…yes Valentines Day 🙂  The month when we get to paint all things with hearts!  This week and next I will try and gather all my Valentine lessons and share with you.  Here is the Kindergarten one I did last year.  We had fun learning about warm and cool colors.  Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday!

Skills Learned:

  • Warm and Cool Colors
  • Dividing background and shapes

Materials Used:

  • Black oil pastel
  • Heart cut outs
  • 18 x 24 taped watercolor paper
  • Large brushes
  • 4 cool color tempera and 4 warm colored tempera paints

(you can use light and dark green to add more color choices)

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Start by discussing Valentines Day and the shape of a heart. Then talk about your color wheel discussing the warm colors and how they feel hot like fire and the cool colors being cold like the ocean. Next have students use the oil pastel to divide their background into 4 different areas. Use the board or a sample to show them how many possibilities there are. Next have them paint the cool color in each of the 4 areas. Set aside and work on the heart. Divide the heart into 4 areas and paint the warm colors light to dark wiping your brush in between each color. Glue heart onto background and you are set 🙂

Another Fun Week of Art With Kindergarten Royal Portraits

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kinder royal portraitsFirst off I cannot believe January 2015 is halfway done!  I had those fabulous Kindergarteners again and we had fun with the above Royal Portraits.  I have to give credits to DeepSpaceSparkle for the lesson here is the original link http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2011/11/16/royal-kinder-portraits/ for this.  Patty has some amazing lessons and I have followed her for years.  Thanks Patty another California art teacher!  I found these crowns on sale at Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/prism-crowns-a2-25_943.fltr?Ntt=crowns ($2.90 per dozen) we dawned our crowns and instantly became royal!  Often during class if someone got a little crazy we discussed how royals would act it was so much fun 🙂  Lesson is below.

7th grade foil names

I also tried a new lesson in 7th grade with names which I believe they liked-I asked them if they wanted to keep it for next year and they said yes if we could listen to the Glee station on Pandora 🙂  So we listened to Glee and finished our work.  Another fun week in Art class in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  I am very grateful for everything God has given to me and sometimes just have to say it so I fully realize what a gift everyday is!

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Kindergarten Christmas Tree with Doves

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I had those fabulous Kindergarteners this week 🙂  They always make me smile and I truly enjoy my time with them.  I wanted to get them into the Christmas spirit so we did this Christmas tree with doves project.  It has a few cut outs but always looks beautiful.  Hope you get to enjoy some time with your family this holiday.  Looking forward to time with mine 🙂  xo  renee Continue Reading »

Kindergarten Sheep Art Lesson-Under 10 Steps

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Every year my friend Theresa volunteers at a vacation bible camp to do a couple of art projects.  So I have been helping her with ideas and just spent my whole morning having fun drawing animals.  I know I need to stop because I am still in my PJs and the dog needs some exercise 🙂  I finally finished this last animal and think the younger students can do it.  I will post the other lesson this week so you can have those too.  I got my idea from another blog I follow http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/2013/02/cartoon-sheep.html Kathy Barbro does an amazing job of explaining.  I of course changed it up a bit by adding cotton and watercolor so let me know what you think.  And thanks Kathy for the original idea.  Some kids in LA will be happy 🙂

sheep art lessonWho doesn’t love sheep?  Farm animals are always big hits in my class room so be sure and show as many as you can.  I also ask the students favorites and its fun to hear what they like about certain animals etc.

Skills learned:

drawing and sketching using shapes and letters


Materials used:

  • Pencil and eraser for sketching
  • 9 X 12 sheet of watercolor paper
  • oil pastel sets
  • blue, white and green watercolor
  • cotton balls
  • glue
  • black paper larger than 9 x 12 for framing
  • optional white tempera paint and a small sponge for decorating background of black paper
  1. HEAD: Start with drawing the eyes, then add the ears. Draw a big “W” for the face. Add the nose. Draw the curly wool on top.
  2. BODY: Draw a loopy line oval body to the left of the head. Add a loopy tail.
  3. LEGS: Add the pointy legs below.
  4. Color in legs, mouth and ears with pink oil pastel.
  5. Take a green oil pastel and create hill around sheep. (do not color in hill use watercolor to do this J)
  6. Trace entire body with black oil pastel.
  7. Then add swirls for hair 5-6 total.
  8. Use green watercolor for hill and blue and white watercolor for sky.
  9. Last use cotton balls and pull and shape them for added 3-dimension to your piece. I used 5 for the body, one for the tail an 2 for the head.

Optional to use white tempera and a small sponge to design a border for black paper.


Kinder Father’s Day Owl Clay Project

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Had some fun with my kinders this week.  Their 7th grade buddies came in and we did a fun owl project for Father’s Day.  I did this same project last year but left it white only because we ran out of time to paint.  It was cute but this one is adorable.  Note the picture is before it was fired and glazed and still so cute 🙂  Thanks to the 7th graders for helping out and to my pinterest buddies who I got the painting idea and colors from.  Here is an original link with directions.  Add a card that says who loves you and you are set for Fathers Day!

fathers day art lesson

fathers day art lesson

Kindergarten Easter Bunnies Art Lesson

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kinder easter bunny art lessonCannot believe that Easter is only a month away 🙂  Did these with the kindergarten class this week.  They definitely have Spring fever!  Cannot blame them I have it too.  The weather has been so nice.  I got this 11 x 17 purple card stock that made it easier than last year.  Let me know if you do it in your class.  And Happy Easter!

Skills Learned:

dot brush stroke, sketching with shapes, making patterns with glue.

Materials Needed:

  • 11 x 17 dark purple card stock
  • white tempera paint
  • large paint brushes
  • white oil pastels, light and dark green for grass
  • egg, ear and heart cut outs (I used 2 eggs per student and one heart)
  • pink, yellow and red construction paper for cut outs
  • cotton for tails
  • black acrylic and small brushes to paint eyes, whiskers, under nose and mouth
  • gold, silver and purple glitter
  • construction paper in purple 12 x 18

 I started just talking about bunnies and showed pictures of them to the students.  Then we used scratch construction paper and practiced drawing the oval for the body of the bunny and then adding a circle for the head.  Continue Reading »

Mother’s Day Kindergarten Project


Kinder mothers day art projectYes I know what you’re saying its only Valentines what is she thinking?  But if I don’t start now I will never to get to Father’s Day.  I always like to do something nice for our fathers who get forgotten sometimes because it happens in June 🙂  Again I was inspired by the art finds on pinterest.  So thanks again to all of you pinners!  Let me know how it goes if you do the project. b:)

Skills Learned:

Writing letters, drawing shapes, brush strokes.

Materials Needed:

  • Oil pastel sets of 16 (craypas)
  • Watercolor assorted pastel or bright colors (i use colorations from Discount School Supply)
  • 18 x 24 canvas ( I buy mine from Triarco and get a school discount)
  • medium brushes and small water cups

I started by marking off canvas for the kindergarteners with pencil into the 12 squares.  Then I went over it with a dark blue oil pastel.  Next I gave the kinder home room teacher a grid much the same as the canvas to have the students fill out prior to art class.  I told them they have to put their mom hats on and think about colors, flowers and things their mothers like to get them thinking.  Next have the students put what they wrote on grid onto canvas with a pencil then have them go over it in oil pastel.  Reminding them to try ad use different colors and no black, brown or white because they will not show well on canvas.  Have them trace over letters and pictures a few times to make them nice and dark then have them start painting the watercolor around the letters and pictures etc.  Its ok if the watercolor touches the letters and or pictures you can blot up with a paper towel easily 🙂  Make sure you remind them not to put same colors next to each other and also not to paint the square the same color as the oil pastel letters etc.  You can have parent helpers touch up when done but that is pretty much it.  I did go back over my grid and letters after with oil pastel to make them show better.  Happy moms day!

Kindergarten Sailboats-Learning about Primary Colors

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1-lil-sailboat-cindy-thorntonSkills Learned:

Holding a paintbrush and creating horizon line in artwork. They also will learn to cut shapes with scissors and creating a landscape with mixed media materials and primary colors.


  • Yellow, blue, red and white tempera paint.
  • Large paint brushes.
  • Wooden skewers for sails
  • Red construction paper for flag
  • White and red tissue paper for sails
  • Boat cut outs
  • Paper plates for paint
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Kindergarten Vintage Book Dogs

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Kindergarten Vintage Book Dogs

Materials Needed:

  • Large format old book pages
  • Templates for dogs (head, ears and neck)
  • Decide which kind of dog you want to make

(I did a Dalmatian, poodle, golden retriever and jack russell)

  • Black construction paper cut in strips to make border
  • Discount School Supply 12 x 18 watercolor paper