Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Here is a simple way of drawing a horse. I found this lesson on www.howstuffworks.com and thought that it would be a wonderful lesson for my art students.

Step 1: Draw a kidney-bean shape for the body and a peanut shape for the head. Add a rectangular form between them for the neck.

Step 2: Draw the two front legs. Sketch the closest back leg in two pieces, one pear shape and one rectangular shape. Add a rectangular shape for the back leg on the far side of the horse. Put in ovals for the ears.

Step 3: Draw two long S shapes for the tail and mane. Add the small mane on top of the head. Next, we'll add some personality and detail.

Step 4: Draw ovals for the eyes, nostrils, and ear details. Put pupils in the eyes. Add hooves at the bottom of each leg. Finish this step with lines for the mouth, tail, and mane details.

Step 5: Draw ovals for the eyes, nostrils, and ear details. Put pupils in the eyes. Add hooves at the bottom of each leg. Finish this step with lines for the mouth, tail, and mane details.

Now, you can color the horse. Put it in varied settings. You can put in on a ranch, on the race track, on the farm, on a carriage, or with a cowboy riding it!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


1) big leaf (enough to fit the bond paper)
2) crayons

1) Place the leaf under the bond paper.
2) Using crayon (any color),rub in a back and forth manner on the white paper over the leaf.
3) Experiment with different types of leaves & crayons. Doing multiple leaves on one piece of paper looks really neat!

Source: http://www.camping-field-guide.com/leaf-rubbing.html

Wednesday, July 22, 2009



Here comes the sun! Use fun lines and designs to create a sun that shines with bold and bright colors.

1) Crayons
2) Circular pattern

1) Draw a large circle sun at the center of the paper
2) Draw a dot at the center of the circle.
3) Surround the dot with zigzag lines then, surround the zigzag lines with dots.
4) Draw the zigzag lines and the dots alternately. Do this until the whole circle is filled.
5) Draw zigzag lines radiating outside the circle.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I saw this idea from one of the art blogs I browsed in the the net (I'm sorry I can't site my reference since I don't remember the site anymore). I thought that it would be a wonderful activity for my lesson on lines.

1) black or colored markers
2) crayons or color pencils

1) Chose different letters of the alphabet to draw in your paper. You can draw all capital or all small letters. You can also mix the capital and small letters. You can also include numbers.
2) Draw one big letter/ number of your choice on your paper(you can start by using a pencil and trace the lines with a marker later on but if you think that you can make it neatly, you can directly use the marker.).
3) Connect another letter/ number to the letter/ number that you've drawn.
4) Repeat step 3 until you've filled the whole paper.
5) Color the spaces between the lines with different colors.

*Draw the letters/ numbers big so that it wont take you long to finish the activity.
*Make sure to connect the edges of each letter to another letter. There shouldn't be any open end of a line in your work.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Line is the basic element of art. It is the essential component in drawing. I find it very important that my first graders develop a good skill in drawing straight lines and using the ruler.

1) crayons
2) color pens
3) crayons
4) ruler

1) Draw 5 small dots on each side of a short bond paper.

2) Using color pens, connect the dots to each other in any directions by drawing straight lines.(Use a ruler to do this.)

3)Color the space between the lines.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


With the increasing problem on global warming and climate change, our school is geared towards environmental awareness. This school year (and hopefully in the upcoming years as well), we have decided to integrate the theme on caring for the planet in our curriculum. We want our students to take to heart the love for mother Earth. To start off the school year with that goal in mind, I asked my 4th, 5th and 6th graders to make this very simple mosaic.

1) Short bond paper
2) Green japanese paper or construction paper
3) glue
4) blue poster paint or water color
5) paint brush
6) markers

1) Fold the short bond paper in half (crosswise).
2) Cut a half heart's shape from the bond paper.
3) Open it and paint the whole heart blue. Then, let it dry.
4) While waiting for the heart to dry, cut small squares of green paper.
5) Once the heart is totally dry, lightly sketch land masses forming some of the world's continents.
6) Glue the green paper to the land masses to cover it.
7) On another small sheet of bondpaper, write a phrase about taking care of the environment (e.g. One Earth, We Care or We Love Mother Earth). Use your markers to make the phrase colorful!
8) Glue the phrase to the heart shaped Earth.