Kindergarten Hearts

Remember our Kindergarten color mixing project from a couple of weeks ago?

This week we did a little tracing, cutting, paper punching, and lacing to turn those beautiful painted plates into heart necklaces.  Kinders had a blast doing some creative yarn lacing around their hearts, and they rocked the paper punches – their little hand muscles have really gotten strong!

I Can Goals: identify primary and secondary colors; use paper punches and yarn to lace a heart.

Throwin’ A Little Paint!

Well, not really throwing the paint.  Third graders have been exploring the action paintings of “Action Jackson” Pollock.  They re-created his splatter style of painting using yarn dipped in paint.

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This is one of the few projects that I repeat every year – the students are so excited to create this way, and I never get tired of seeing the results!  Here’s one we did a couple of years ago: Action Jackson Portraits

This year we had some fun with our string prints by weaving the paintings after they were dry, and adding a string printed heart.


We discovered that it was easier to weave on the non-painted side of our work – easier to see our weaving pattern!

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Learning Goals:

I can tell two facts about artist Jackson Pollock; I can identify non-objective art; I can create a quality finished art work using printing and weaving techniques.



All U Need Is Love…

My third graders have been having a little fun with hearts this week.  After exploring the heart paintings created by American artist Jim Dine, they got to work on their own work of “heart”.

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While Andrea Bocelli sang some beautiful Italian love songs, we painted Valentine’s Day inspired words with Q-tips to create our background.  My normally chatty third graders were absolutely quiet as they concentrated on writing special words with their sticks.  It was heaven for this art teacher!

While these were drying, we created a colorful heart to add on top.  LOVE!

This project was inspired by this image by Michael Zayn that I saw on Pinterest:

Michael Zayn

We (heart) Valentine’s Day in First Grade!

This is kind of a goofy project, but my first graders enjoy it so much that I can’t help myself!  The focus is on symmetry and the old folded paper and drawing 1/2 of a heart technique.  This is a tricky thing for first graders, and oh! the excitement when they create a perfect heart shape!  After lots of heart making practice, we turn our best hearts into…Love Bugs.

See more Valentine’s Day projects HERE.

First graders have also been working on this fun “Warm Heart, Cold Hands” project.  This was a nice review of our warm/cool color study, and gave us one more chance to make a tiny, oh so perfect, heart.  We finished these with little painted hearts for a border.  Sweet!  Thanks to Kathy over at Art Projects For Kids for this project inspiration.