Thursday, October 2, 2014

Art for Small Hands: Ages 9 to 12

After many requests, I’m putting the information from this blog into book form for those who prefer to have the organization and convenience of art projects on their shelf. The first book in the series is Art for Small Hands: Ages 9 to 12 and is now available for purchase at It contains twenty-five of the most popular lessons in five chapters–Drawing, Cut Paper, Painting, Printing, and Papier Mâché. The lessons are self-contained with all the information necessary to complete the project: the key concepts to be learned; the materials needed; and helpful notes to avoid pitfalls. The over one hundred full-color pictures include examples of the finished projects, explanatory charts, and photos of children at work.

These titles will also soon be available:
Art for Small Hands: Ages 5 to 9
Art for Small Hands: Clay
Art for Small Hands: In the Style of

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Drawing - All-School Artists

The children use watercolor markers to draw self-portraits for an “All-School Artists” display.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cut Paper - Stand-up Clowns

The children use construction paper and glue to create whimsical clowns. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Printing - Fruit & Vegetable Prints with Oil Pastel

The children explore shapes and textures by making relief prints using fruit and vegetables, and then create backgrounds with oil pastels. Ages 9 to 13. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In the Style of - Edward Hopper

After learning about the life and works of Edward Hopper, the children use his style to make paintings of houses. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Clay - Free Clay Day

The children plan and create their own projects for "free-clay day.” For all ages. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Papier Mâché - Layered Bowls

The children construct bowls using papier mâché and then design them with cut paper and paint. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 4 to 5 sessions.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Painting - Textures & Patterns

The children explore brushstrokes to depict the textures in everyday objects and then repeat the brushstrokes to fill their paintings with patterns. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Clay - West African Ritual Pots

After learning about ritual vessels from West Africa, the children make and combine clay pinch pots and decorate them with African style figures. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 6 sessions.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cut Paper - Birdcages

The children use paper and glue to create birds and their cages. For ages 3 to 6. Plan 2 sessions.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Printing - Suminagashi

The children manipulate colored inks on the surface of water to make Suminagashi prints. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 1 to 2 sessions.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In the Style of - Grandma Moses

After learning about Grandma Moses and her paintings, the children use her style to paint landscapes. For ages 6 to 13. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Clay - Fishbowl Plaques

After rolling clay slabs, the children cut out the shapes of fishbowls and fill them with underwater creatures. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 4 sessions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Painting & Printing - Brush-dyed Paper

After folding rice paper into pie-shaped wedges, the children paint designs on one side, then turn the wedges over and paint the mirror image. When the paper is unfolded, intricate patterns are revealed. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 1 session.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Drawing - Crayon Engraving with Oil Pastel

After applying a thick coat of crayon to their papers and covering it with black paint, the children scratch in designs and embellish them with oil pastels. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 4 sessions.