Neoclassical Architecture

Neoclassical Architecture

  • Theme: Neoclassical Architecture (Grades 1-5)
  • Objective: Discuss and show examples of symmetry in Neoclassical architecture. Demonstrate oil pastel rub transfer and wax resist techniques. Fold paper in half. Draw half of a building on one side; fold paper and rub to transfer image to other side.   Apply watercolor paints to demonstrate wax resist technique. 
  • Materials: Images of architecture from Neoclassical period for ideas, watercolor paper, oil pastels, watercolors, brushes, and water.

Wild West Collage with Found Objects

Scene inspired by Frederic Remington’s The Smoke Signal.

  • Theme: Wild West project (Grades 1-5) 
  • Objective: Discuss and show examples of images from American wild west.  Use cut/torn papers and found objects and apply with glue to paper to create a scene.
  • Materials: Images from American wild west for ideas, drawing paper, various found objects, glue, scissors, construction paper, and tissue paper. 

Colored Pencil Sketch

Color pencil sketch
  • Theme: Colored pencil sketch (Grades K-5)
  • Objective: Sketch an apple with color pencils.
  • Materials: drawing paper, colored pencils, apples with a variety of colors.

Rainbow Fish Painting

Rainbow Fish painting

  • ThemeThe Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. (Grades K-2)
  • Objective: Create a painting inspired by the story.  Draw Rainbow Fish in an scene from the book.  Paint with tempera paints.  Glue foil to areas on the fish after paint has dried.
  • Materials: drawing paper, pencils, tempra paints, brushes, water, black marker, foil, and glue

Pumpkin Mosaic


Pumpkin Mosaic
  • Theme: Halloween/Thanksgiving project (Grades K-2)
  • Objective: Create a mosaic with cut paper tiles (tesserae).  Show images of mosaics for ideas on how to arrange the tiles.  Arrange and glue tiles to pumpkin drawing. Cut out finished pumpkin mosaic and glue to black construction paper to display. 
  • MaterialsPumpkin printable, various colors (lots of orange) of cut paper tiles, black construction paper, scissors, and glue sticks.

Stained Glass Window

  • Theme: Stained glass rose windows. Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. (Grades K-3)
  • Objective: Create a stained glass rose window with melted wax crayons. 
  • Instructions: Sharpen several brightly colored crayons to produce about 1/4 cup of shavings.  Spread shavings between two pieces of 9″x12″ wax paper.  With an old towel underneath wax paper and another old towel over top, iron on low heat until wax melts.  Use a 9″x12″ light colored piece of construction paper and cut out a paper snowflake design.  Lay paper cut-out over melted wax crayon design and trim into a circular shape. Attach with clear tape and display in a sunny window.
  • Materials: crayon shavings, wax paper, two old towels, iron, construction paper, scissors, clear tape.
melted crayon wax

melted crayon shavings between wax paper (back)

cut paper on front
 paper cut-out over melted crayon (front)