Sunday, March 22, 2009


Children are very imaginative and creative. They can make different things from their imagination. I asked my grade one class to imagine the house that they would like to live in and draw it on a sheet of paper. Here are the results:
Liam Angelo Camasura of grade 1-B

Chantelle Aguilar of grade 1-B

Angela Oracion of grade 1-A

Yuuki Yamaguchi of grade 1-B

James Ivan Monteroyo of grade 1-C

Peter Kim of grade 1-C

Sample works:


Have you tried going to the malls and you just can't find that fashionable shoes you want? Why don't you design your own? Its fun and its cheap!

I found this lesson on and thought that it would be a great lesson to develop the drawing skills and creative thinking of my first graders.

1) pencil
2) paper
3) color pens/ colored markers
4) crayons

1) Draw a shoe outline in a sheet of paper.(I gave my students a pattern.) You can draw anything: rubber shoes, sandals, boots, high heels, school shoes, etc.
2) Decorate your shoe drawing.
3) Trace your design with colored markers.
4) Color your work!

Shoe Design by Frank Semilla of Grade 1-C

Wednesday, March 18, 2009



Materials needed:
1) colored markers
2) paper

1) Lightly draw the design you want on a sheet of paper. (Do this with straight regular lines first.)
2) Once you've finalized your design, color it with markers. trace your drawing with wiggly lines. There is no need to be neat.

Here are some of my students' artworks:
Kim Dan Bi of Grade 5-A

Koh Su Min of Grade 5-B

Mika Adarna of Grade 5-A



Vincent Van Gogh was a dutch post impressionist artist. Some of his paintings are now among the world's best known, most popular and expensive works of art. One of his famous paintings is "Sunflowers".

I tried to let my students imitate this vibrant art work as a tribute to the artist's great work!

Materials Needed:
1) oil pastel
2) paper

1) Draw a line for the table. outline a jar above it.
2) Draw a series of circles for flowers. The circles size could vary from small, large and medium. Draw small petals around the flowers.
3) Draw stems and add leaves.
4) Trace the pencil drawing with a marker.
5) Color your work heavily with oil pastel.

Here are some works made by the students:
Sample Work

Sunflowers by Natsumi Cortes of grade 2-B

Sunflowers by Ellen Lee of Grade 6-A

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I found this project while I was browsing in the net. I just couldn't remember the site. It's great for teaching kids in the primary level the lesson on positive and negative space and on warm and cool colors.

Materials needed:
1) paper
2) black marker
3) crayons/ paint

1) Trace your hands on a sheet of paper. You can trace as many hands as you want. You can also draw it on top of each other. (For my students, i only asked them to draw 3 to 4 hands because I wanted them to finish working in 45 minutes.)
2) Trace the hands with a black marker.
3) Color the hands with different colors. (TIP: It would look great if you would alternate warm and cool colors.)
4) Color the background with black.

Here are some work of my grade 1 students:

Kylah Baluchi of Grade 1-C

Joshua Chan of Grade 1-C


Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other material. For this art work, we used egg shells.

You need:
1) egg shells
2) poster paint
3) paper
4) glue
5) pencil

1) Draw a design on a sheet of paper or black construction paper.
2) Break the eggshells into small pieces so that they are fairly flat.
3) Put glue on your design (you can use a paint brush for this to make the application even.) and glue the egg shells.
4) Set it aside to dry for a few hours.
5) Once your work is completely dry, color the eggshells with poster paint! ( You can also make the back ground.)

1) Its better to make the mosaic in a dark paper (I prefer black) because the colors stand out or if you don't want to put colors, the egg shells will still be obvious.
2) If you like, you don't have to draw a design. Express your creativity!


Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists exhibiting their art publicly in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, Sunrise.

Impressionist paintings are usually made by using lots of small brush strokes. It's called pointillism.

You need:
1) thick paper
2) water color or poster paint
3) cotton buds

1) Draw a simple scene. Just do the outlines of basic shapes like trees, mountains, fields, etc.
2) Color the picture lightly using water color or poster paint. Don't do any details yet.
3) To turn your work into an impressionist painting, you have to put dots all over it. Dip one end of the cotton bud to the poster paint and start putting dots. Another way of putting dots is to use the wrong end of the paint brush or to use your finger!
4) Use thin brushes to add finer details.

(you can also use color pens to make your art work)

Here are some of the finished output:

Sunset by Daniel Miranda of Grade 6-B

Farm by Julie Lee of Grade 6-A

Kite by Peter Woo of Grade 6-A

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I found this art project on (Ms. Kathy Barbro posts wonderful lessons in her blog. Please do visit it.) I thought it would make a great lesson for my fourth graders in having them practice pastel smudging and in identifying warm and cool colors. The original lesson portrayed fall leaves but since we don't have fall season in the Philippines, I asked my students to draw any leaf design they like.

Materials Needed:
1) Short bond paper
2) black marker
3) Oil pastel (preferably the Sakura brand, for easy smudging)

1) Draw different leaf figures in a sheet of paper.
2) Trace all the pencil lines with a thin black marker.
3) Color the leaves with oil pastel. Use two colors for each leaf. Put one color on the leaf's midrib and another color in the remaining area. Blend the two colors by smudging the oil pastel. Make sure that there are no hard edges between the two colors.
4) Color the back ground with two colors too.

1) Use warm colors like red, orange and yellow for the leaves.
2) Use cool colors like blue and green for the back ground.

WHERE WILL MY FEET TAKE ME? (imaginary drawing)

I found this art activity on It is a great lesson in letting the students use their imagination.

Materials needed:
1) Crayons
2) Glue
3) Scissors
4) Construction paper (black)
5) Bond paper

1) Introduce the lesson by asking the students about the places that they have visited.
2) Ask them to imagine other places that they want to visit.
3) In a sheet of paper, let the students trace their feet.
4) Inside the feet drawing, ask the students to draw the places that they want to visit. Let them color their drawings with color pens and crayons.
5)Let the students cut out the feet and glue them to a piece of dark construction paper for a striking effect!

Here are some of my third graders output:

Monday, March 9, 2009


Encaustic painting is also known as hot wax painting. It involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. It started over 2 millennia ago. No one can say for sure exactly what the components of the wax paints were since there are several formulae and a number of application techniques discovered for the creation of the original Roman Egyptian wax portraits.

I tried to have my fifth graders imitate the encaustic painting technique through using crayons melted with candles. This i8s also a good lesson in teaching the students about the element of texture.

Here are the materials we used:
1) old crayons
2) thick A4 paper (or bond paper)
3) lighted candle

1) Draw any design on the paper (I specifically asked my students to draw something that would portray the Philippine culture).
2) Apply color to the drawing by melting the tip of the crayon in the candle flame and rubbing the melted tip to the paper. You can combine different colors to make a wonderful effect.

Here are some of the student's works: