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Painting butterflies

Painting Swallowtail or Monarch butterflies This is a beautiful project for summer! Kids love all types of butterflies with their bright colorful wings. Materials: heavyweight paper (letter size), pencils, erasers, watercolors, soft brushes, black permanent marker, white marker.   First, tell students about symmetry and show examples. Point out that butterfly has symmetrical wings (shape)…

Tulips in a vase

2nd-5th grade school art class: Painting a bouquet of tulips This project was inspired by a bouquet of multicolor tulips I received recently. I liked that some of the tulips had gradient color petals changing from yellow near the stem to white and then light pink at the edges. So I tried to paint them…

Patterned Easter Eggs

Patterned Easter Eggs This project was inspired by Ukrainian eggs and Faberge Eggs. We used large plastic eggs from Target which were sold in $1 department before Easter. The main goal of this project is to learn to paint simple patterns along horizontal guide lines what takes a lot of accuracy. This is a project…

Spring Bird on a Tree

Spring Bird on a Tree This is a tutorial for painting garden birds – especially bluebird. The bird is sitting on a blooming branch. There are 2 main things to keep focused on in order to get a good result: a) drawing a bird carefully making proper proportions of the body/head/wing/tailĀ  and b)keeping it simple…