Friday, December 18, 2020

Christmas-themed Art Ideas!

We have created some magical Christmas-themed artwork at the Blackfoot Art Center over the years, so we decided to post a few of our favorites for you to try at home!

An Old-Fashioned "Christmas Car"

I absolutely love this festive Christmas Car!  So nostalgic and quaint... it reminds me of my childhood - and simpler times.

Take a look at the Christmas Cars our home schoolers created a couple of years ago right here.

Last year, our Friday class student-artists created their own Christmas cars. I've posted their artwork along with complete instructions here.

Santa Folk Art

Who is Santa Claus? Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, St. Nicolas... not only is he known by different names but his appearance has transformed over time and across the world.

This was a fun way to experiment with Santa's appearance as folk art, incorporating Scandinavian-style patterns and designs with a variety of colors. (Santa does not always wear red!)

You'll find more adorable Santa folk art and complete instructions here.

Gingerbread House Art

This fun mixed media art project is fun for any age. This sample is drawn on brown construction paper with construction paper crayons and colored pencils. Then it is glued to light blue paper and thick white paint is added as snow. Here's another example (scroll down the page).

Younger artists might want to make a Ginger Bag house! Made from a brown paper bag and so much fun!!


These nutcrackers can be created in just about any media. Our soldier is oil pastel on black construction paper. Our baker is watercolor with Sharpie outlines. 

Here are some great examples of very unique 4th grade nutcrackers.

There are many how-to-draw a nutcracker tutorials. You can see my favorite (with a step-by-step video) at Deep Space Sparkle.

3-D Christmas Cards

These cute Christmas cards are so much fun! You'll need a variety of materials and a few character ideas (snowmen, elf on-the-shelf, Rudolf, etc.) and then let imaginations run wild!

3-D elements might include pop-ups, googly eyes, pompoms, twigs, or torn paper. Who knows? This is a very open-ended project that is unique to each artists imagination and skill levels. You can see more student samples and how-tos right here.  

Poinsettia in Pastels

This lovely poinsettia is rendered in soft pastels on red construction paper. It really pops off the page, doesn't it? These make great Christmas cards! Just scan your artwork and print. I like to cut the prints out and glue to a blank card.

See more student samples and full instructions right here.

Next up: Our favorite SNOWMAN Art Projects!

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