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February Art Lessons for Early Elementary

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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.

February Art Lessons for Early Elementary

February Art Lessons for Early Elementary

This is part of a series of 26 hands-on art lessons for Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade. This covers the art lessons we completed in February. I used this plan while teaching a weekly 45 minute art class for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each lesson includes an art concept and a variety of art techniques to make each lesson engaging & memorable. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Cards and Trinket Box Crafts

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Cards and Trinket Box Crafts

For Valentine's Day, the children created construction paper pop-up Valentine's Day cards using the template from . They enjoyed using markers to further decorate the cards. After that, we created mosaic trinket boxes using circular boxes from Oriental Trading Company and foam stickers. Following our lesson, we had a fun Valentine's Day party with treats.

Materials needed per student for the pop-up Valentine's Day cards: red and pink construction paper, templates for tracing, scissors, and markers (or crayons)

Materials needed per student for the mosaic trinket boxes: trinket boxes (such as the ones from Oriental Trading Company - which usually include foam pieces too), Elmer's glue, and Valentine's Day foam pieces (such as the ones from Dollar Tree)


1) Paint the sky.

  • First, paint the top part of the paper with water, though not too much that it's soaking wet.
  • Use blue watercolor paints and starting at the top paint downward in a horizontal fashion. (Model this for them.)
  • Take a paper towel and dab the paint off in a few places to make clouds.
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2) Create the ground by using watercolor paints to color green and a little bit of yellow.

3) Clean up the paint brushes and paints and put them away.

4) If any paintings are soaking wet, pass out paper towels for them to dab their papers dry or simply lay a paper towel over the entire paper, pat it, and then lift it up.

5) While we are waiting a few minutes for the papers to dry a bit, we'll discuss the blow painting technique. I demonstrate to the students how to drop a few drops of watered down brown paint onto the side of the paper and then use my straw to blow it repeatedly until it won't move any longer. Then drop a few more drops of brown paint near that area and start again.

6) Have students create tree trunks and branches on one edge of the paper using the paint-blowing method.

  • Remind students to not inhale as this paint isn't tasty. (If you're concerned they might inhale the paint, you can poke a hole in the straw with a pin. They'll still be able to blow out but won't be able to inhale liquids. I haven't had an issue with students inhaling paint, so I didn't done this.)
  • Remind students to not use the straw as a paintbrush. It's a tool simply for blowing on the paint.
  • Pass out straws, watered-down brown paint, and either eye droppers or small spoons for dropping the paint on the paper.
  • Have students blow their tree trunks and branches.
  • If students finish early, they can create a second tree on the other side of the paper or you can encourage them to blow lots more branches.

7) Add flowers and leaves.

  • Pass out palates with a small amount of pink and green tempera paint, and give each student a q-tip.
  • Show students how to use the q-tip to dot a few pink spring blossoms on some of the branches. Then use the other side of the q-tip to dot a few green leaves next to the pink blossoms.
  • Remember that the tree is just blooming, so there shouldn't be too many flowers or leaves yet.
  • Allow students to create their spring blossoms and green leaves.

Materials needed per student: watercolor paper or other thick white paper, watercolor paints with paintbrush, paper towel, straw, q-tip, watered-down brown tempera paint (liquid enough that it will spread easily), green and pink tempera paint, and a palate (I use plastic lids)

This Spring Tree lesson idea was inspired by .

Blowing the paint to make tree trunks and branches

Blowing the paint to make tree trunks and branches

  1. Self-Portraits (inspired by Van Gogh)
  2. Primary Colors & Secondary Colors (inspired by Claude Monet)
  3. Warm & Cool Colors (inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe)
  4. Tints & Shades (inspired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
  5. Abstract Art (inspired by Wassily Kandinsky)
  6. Landscapes (inspired by Henri Rousseau)
  7. One Point Perspective (inspired by Grant Wood)
  8. Still Life (inspired by Paul Cezanne)
  9. Decoupage Jack-o'-Lantern Craft (inspired by Halloween)
  10. Lines & Patterns (inspired by Paul Klee)
  11. Texture (inspired by Winslow Homer)
  12. Turkey Crafts (inspired by Thanksgiving)
  13. Painted Christmas Tree Cards (inspired by Christmas)
  14. January Art Lessons: Weaving & Winter (colors, lines, & patterns)
  15. Snowmen Surprise (value, tints, & shades)
  16. February Art Lessons (Valentine's Day and blow painting)
  17. Paper Collages (inspired by Henri Matisse)
  18. March Art Lessons (spring butterflies, bean mosaics, & glued quilt flowers)
  19. April Art Lessons (craft stick treasure boxes, April showers, & shaving cream marbling)
  20. All of My Hands-on Lessons & Unit Studies

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