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”.

Jim Dine

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.