Monday, April 06, 2020

Easter Egg Art!

With Easter right around the corner, let's create some beautiful Easter eggs! 

These beautiful egg decorating projects are based on Ukrainian dyed eggs, commonly called Pysansky, as seen here. 

There are many different types of media and methods you can use to create your Pysansky eggs. Try the best one for you:

This is an easy, oil or wax resist method for younger children that uses crayons or oil pastels on heavy white paper (drawing, watercolor, or any other heavy paper), liquid watercolor, cake or thinned tempera paint, and a big paint brush. You can find step-by-step instructions for this BIG decorated egg right here

This resist method is a little more elaborate. It involves layering various colors of liquid watercolor or food dye between layers of white wax crayon patterns. You'll need a heavier watercolor paper paper for this one. How-to's are found at Alpha Mom

You can also try drawing and decorating your eggs in oil pastels (or construction paper crayons) on black construction paper. Learn more at Kinder Art.

You can also try colored chalk on black construction paper. You simply dip the chalk in water to bring out the vibrant colors. Colored chalk is usually available at the dollar store. Learn more at K8Art.

Here's a fun little project that is very open-ended and that you can do with just about any art supplies at all. Simple little chicks and eggs make this adorable piece of art that could be made into a card.
Find step-by-step instructions at Krokotak

Want more Easter project ideas? Try typing 'Easter' in the Search this Blog field above. We've got a few more for you to try!

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Draw & Paint a Bunny!

Every year around this time we draw and paint BUNNIES! 

We have painted wild rabbits in fields of flowers and Easter Bunnies decorating eggs. 

You can draw and paint a bunny too! All that's needed are a few simple art supplies that you probably have at home.

We are posting several bunny projects to choose from. Just pick the one you like and we'll show you what to do.

Here is a fun little bunny for 5 to 7-year-olds (or so) to draw and paint themselves. They will need a piece of 9" x 12" sketching or drawing paper (ordinary white copy paper will work too), oil pastels (or crayons), and a set of watercolors. You can find step-by-step directions to make this little bunny right here.

Thank you Artventurous for this super-cute bunny art idea!

The fuzzy bunny project below was designed for kids 8 and up, but I think younger kiddos could try it too.

The bunny is first sketched lightly in pencil on sturdy white paper. Drawing paper would work best. Start by drawing the head shape first, leaving plenty of room for the long ears. Add the V-shaped nose, the ears, and the neck. Draw in the eyes on the sides of the head near the ears. Next, go over your sketch with water-based markers like Crayola brand markers, adding furry texture as you go. Don't color in the eyes yet! Now you will carefully paint the bunny along the marker lines with clear water. The marker turns into watercolor! Use a soft brush as you pull the delicate colors into the bunny's body shape. When it is dry, you can then use a Sharpie to color in the eyes and add details like curly little eye lashes and whiskers.

Want to dry a realistic rabbit? We found some great animal drawing tutorials to help you draw just about any kind of animal you like at 

Learn to draw this little rabbit right here (scroll down a bit to find the tutorial), or download a printable pdf of the step-by-step instructions.

Then paint or color it any way you wish!

Our thanks to for this drawing tutorial.

Need more Easter art projects? Try our Easter Egg Art!

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Fill Up Your Paper!

These activities are games that help to extend the number and variety of what a child might think of to draw. The goal is to expand the the young artist's graphic (and verbal) vocabulary.

These games are drawing challenges that are met by filling up the paper with certain types of drawings. They are not necessarily group games, although it can work very well for more two or more young artists to work on a drawing challenge together so they can help one another come up with new ideas. 

Click here for a printable version of these Fill Up Your Paper games.

How Many Kinds Can You Draw? 

For this game you will need a large piece of paper (use what you have), colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers. Decide upon a theme, and ask, “How many different kinds of (_______) can you draw?” Encourage verbal idea-finding first, and join in with your own ideas. What are the possibilities for this theme? For example: kinds of people might include: Boys, girls, babies, old people, outer space people, astronauts, deep-sea divers, clowns, taxi drivers, fire fighters, kings and queens, dwarfs, fairies, soldiers, artists, wrestlers, models, teachers, football players, cowboys, and on and on.

Time to draw! Fill up the paper with all different kinds of (________) and then think of some more! 

Options: An adult can name the category, or the child can decide what kinds of (_______) (s)he will draw. Variations might be monsters, or space aliens, or animals, or super heroes, or birds, or vehicles, or bugs, or shoes, or sweets, or flowers or anything else! 

The SHAPES of Things

This game will help the artist recognize the basic shape of an ordinary object. For example, a pizza, slice, an ice cream cone, and a birthday hat all start with the shape of a triangle. Players will turn a page-full of one specific shape into as many different familiar objects as possible. 

You'll need pencils, Sharpies, or markers (fine point) and white copy paper or a drawing handout  to play this game.  First, fill up a piece of paper with a basic shape (using a homemade template for tracing) such as circles, or  squares, or triangles until your paper is full. Or simply print out our downloadable handouts by clicking on one of the shapes above. Now turn each shape into a different object. The artist can add new edges to create three dimensions and can add other shapes to complete each drawing - such as adding ice cream to the top of a cone. Be sure each drawing starts with or incorporates the given shape in some way.

Think Small

This drawing game is all about drawing the small, overlooked things in our lives. You will 
gather up lots of little objects – things lurking at the bottom of toy boxes, drawers, purses, and tool boxes. Artists will then observe each one closely, studying shapes, patterns, and form. 

Choose an object to draw, lay it on the table in front of you, and create a line drawing of it. (Placing the object on a white sheet of paper can help you see it more clearly.) Draw with markers or Sharpies to eliminate erasing. Just draw the object while trying to include as much detail as possible. Then choose another object, place it in front of you, and draw again. 

Fill up your paper with these mini-drawings. Don’t worry about drawing in scale or making mistakes. Just observe and keep drawing!

This drawing exercise is great for kids, teens, and adults. Everyone can improve their observation and drawing skills by thinking (and drawing) small!

Next up: Draw & Paint a Bunny!

Friday, April 03, 2020

More Family Drawing Games

Colorful Pencils PNG Clipart Picture | Pencil png, Colored pencils ...These are collaborative drawing games: everyone works together to create and complete the drawings.

Click here for a printable version of Collaborative Drawing Games

Add-On Drawing Challenge
Materials: pencils, markers, or Sharpies + white copy paper

For three or more players. A great family game!

1)    Each player draws a simple shape on his/her paper, then passes it to the player on the right.
2)    The next player adds something to the drawing and passes it to the right.
3)    The third player continues to work on the drawing and passes it again to the right.
4)    Once it reaches the original player, he/she finishes it and gives it a title.
5)    If the group is small (2-3 players), pass the artwork around again!

You can set a timer and allow 30 seconds for each artist to work on the drawing, as an option.

Tandem Drawing
Materials: Markers or Sharpies + a piece of white copy paper folded in half and opened

For two players.

Players start somewhere on the center fold with Sharpie (or marker) points touching.
Begin drawing and following each other so that each side of the drawing is a mirror image of the other; or somewhat symmetrical. Stay on your own side of the page. You must be fast if you want to be the drawer, otherwise you will always be the copier or follower. The faster you draw, the better. Attempt to create a symmetrical drawing of “something,” not just an abstract drawing.  This could become a landscape, seascape, a room, the top of a dresser, or (???)

Mind Reader Drawing
Materials: Markers or Sharpies + a piece of white copy paper folded in half and opened

For two players.

On GO, players each draw on their side of the paper, whatever they want. The trick is, they must follow along and draw what the other drawer is drawing. No talking. Not only are they duplicating one another’s drawings, but they are drawing it simultaneously as though they know what the other drawer is about to do next.  The question is, who is following who? Each player must constantly watch what the other is drawing, so that when they are done their drawings will be duplicates of one another.

Next, let's Fill Up the Paper and draw - draw - draw!

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Family Drawing Games

Let's start with some easy drawing games. These games and activities are designed for students ages 6 to 10 years of age and their families. 

These are unique, entertaining activities that help develop creative thinking, imagination, self-expression, and observational skills while having fun as a family. 
Rest assured, we've 'tested' these games for awesomeness in our art classes

These games can be played using a stack of copy paper and pencils (graphite or colored) and/or Crayola markers. If you happen to have white boards and dry erase markers, all the better! Kids love them!

Click here for a printable version of Easy Drawing Games.

What am I drawing? Small white boards or paper
Everyone draws - no thinking, just draw! Take turns guessing what each person has drawn. This is a good warm-up game.

What’s wrong with my drawing? Large white board
One drawer; take turns. Game (A) The drawer must draw what the guessers request. The drawer makes a (purposeful)(silly) mistake. When the guessers see it, they shout STOP and point out the mistake and everyone laughs. Game (B) The drawer draws a subject of his own choice. After someone guesses what the drawing is, the drawer continues drawing as above.

What am I feeling? Large white board
One drawer; take turns. Game (A) Faces - Draw a circle and draw a face in the circle that shows a feeling. Guess what it is! Joy? Sadness? Anger? Surprise? Fear? Sleepiness? Boredom? Confusion? Silliness? Game (B) Bodies – Draw an entire body in a way that expresses a feeling through gesture. Exaggerate the gesture to help show the person's feelings.

Shapes to drawings. Small white boards or paper
Everyone starts with the same basic shape. Now they must turn it into something that is recognizable. What did we draw? Now, using the same shape, try again, this time see if you can draw something new and unique that no one else draws!

What are WE drawing? Large white board, small white boards or paper 
Group drawing. Choose a leader, who leads a group drawing one step at a time until a player guesses what the group is drawing. Finish the drawings individually as an option, or start over with a new drawing leader.

Still life guesswork drawing. Small white boards or paper
Have a selection of simple items on a table. Game (A) Each artist chooses an item to draw without moving it or telling anyone what it is. After everyone is finished drawing, each person displays their drawing and the group guesses which item they have drawn. Game (B) Each artist draws something that is anywhere in the room. It is okay to move around the room to find something to draw. The object can be any size; large or even very small. Can the group guess what it is?

Next up, Collaborative Family Drawing Games!

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

An Art Club for Student "Artists-in-Residence"

The Blackfoot Art Center hosts an awesome Home School Art Club that is open to any child currently learning at home for any reason - including school closures due to stay-at-home directives, quarantines, and similar COVID-19 concerns.  

Art can be an essential means of self-expression, stress relief, fun, and enjoyment. It is our hope that all young "artists-in-residence" to continue to be creative, imaginative art-makers.  

So, we welcome art students everywhere to HSAC! 
We hope enjoy your time with us while making art at home.

Because of current circumstances, we will make a few changes to this weblog platform. Here is what you need to know:

n     We'll continue to feature samples of student artwork and how-we-did-it instructions. 

n   In addition, we will also present lesson plans, project ideas, helpful links, tips, and printable art handouts to help students successfully complete art lessons and projects at home. 

n   Students will need simple art supplies that most families have on hand as well as common household materials and recyclables to create their art. 

n   Photos of completed artwork can then be submitted via email for teacher evaluation and to be posted on this weblog.

n   Our goal will be to post lessons and project ideas as often as possible, at least three per week. Students are free to decide which projects they would like to do - and when to do them.

n   If a lesson suggestion sparks an original art project idea, or if an artist has a unique art-making idea of his/her own, by all means - create it! Originality and creative thinking are what art is all about. Remember to send us a photo of your artwork!

We will begin with basic drawing suggestions, games, and drawing projects. See you there!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Cheery Cherry Blossoms!

We made these cheerful Cherry Blossom paintings to celebrate the first day of Spring! 

As it happens, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC are peaking this week as well -- a week early this year -- so there you go!

We created our paintings in the style of Russian painter Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962). Here is one of her cherry blossom paintings.

This is our cherry blossom artwork.
My sample
Our talented artists ranged in age from 6 to 13. 
We would like to thank Painted Paper Art for this 
cheery spring painting idea! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

How To Catch a Leprechaun!

Do you know how to catch a leprechaun? 

Our young makers seem to have it all figured out. They designed and built these clever leprechaun traps! 

The first step is to decide what type of trap to build. Then the maker must find the right materials, assemble the trap, and test it until it works. 

The next step is to decorate the trap so that it is attractive or enticing to a leprechaun. What do leprechauns like? 

Shiny things.

How does one bait a leprechaun trap? We used gold coins, pots of gold, and (what else) Lucky Charms! 

Then we used signs and arrows to make sure the leprechaun is tricked into the trap!

Here we have a bottle trap. It is filled with gold coins, but once the leprechaun falls in, there's no way out!!!

Here is a drop (or falling) trap.  The leprechaun is tricked into grabbing the gold and down comes the trap! (He has no idea this is a trap because of the sign.)

We have several leprechaun hat traps. At least they LOOK like hats.  They actually have a cleverly disguised hole on the top that the leprechaun will fall through. Then the hat becomes a deep pit!!!

This is a net trap that is triggered by a button inside the trap. The keys act as weights that pull the net down over the trap!


More pit traps! This one is baited with gold, gold, gold!

This one is baited with lots of Lucky Charms, and the promise of a Free Treasure!

More Free Gold, plus other shiny treasures to tempt our leprechaun!

Here we have fun little rainbow path, magically delicious marshmallow morsels, and a Free FUN Slide! 

What leprechaun could resist??? 

This trap employs a trap door full of enticing and tempting goodies.

Here we have another trap door, this time entering a tube trap. 

Oh no!!!

A 4-year-old invented this trap. 

Not sure how it works, but it's very enticing, right?

Our leprechaun will want to climb this ladder to get the gold - then he'll fall through the tube and into the box!


Same idea here, and with such a colorful box, how could any leprechaun resist???

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Take Me To Your Leader

These awesome robots have taken over our MakerSpace!

All it took was the discovery of our tin can bin and a few lessons on how to attach them to each other and BOOM! 

We've got ROBOTS!

Our makers use everything imaginable to create their robots, including: plastic lids, buttons, pompoms, cables, springs, duct tape, broken toys, wires, bottles, foam, feathers, bells, tubes, lace, washi tape, plastic mesh, dowels, wooden blocks, fun foam, ribbon, and fabric scraps (for clothing, of course). 

This robot wears a super hero cape and a power pack filled with energy pods (that look deceptively like buttons).