Distance Learning Art 2-3

Week of March 30th

This week, students will get information about dinosaurs from the linked video below, Dinosaurs 101 / National Geographic and sketch their own favorite dinosaur with a pencil. Let’s emphasize the dinosaur’s texture! is it rough? How can you describe it? Pointy, round, or zigzag?  Color with any materials that you have at home (The examples above are done with tempera paint).

If students are looking for different materials instead of paint, students can use mixed mediums such as oil pastels or markers (for the dinosaur) and old magazines (for background) just like Matisse did on his paper cut and paste.

watch and listen:

Draw a Dinosaur:

To draw the dinosaur, start with a backwards letter “C” on either the top (long neck) or bottom (Stegosaurus) of the paper, depending on the dinosaur. This is the head.

Next, draw a long neck for the Long Neck dinosaur. Be careful not to go too far down the page.

For the Long Neck, add a curved line for the body and the tail. Add the belly and the legs in the same way for the Stegosaurus.

Finally, draw a horizon line behind it.  This is where the sky meets the earth.

Paint and Outline

To paint the picture, set out tempera paint or squeeze paint.

Paint the dinosaurs first and then work on the background.

If students use dry medium (markers, pens, pencils) instead of wet medium for the dinosaur, outline the dinosaur with a black pen/pastel without coloring in the body. just work on its texture!

All done!







Week of March 23rd

Grades 2-3

This week, students will incorporate literature into an art project. Students will watch the linked video below ‘Petunia’ and sketch a goose with pencil then paint with happy colors, just like the book. If kids finish early, have them paint the other animals Petunia meets.

Watch and listen!

  1. Watch and listen to the story:  Petunia by Roger Duvoisin


  • 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper (students are welcome to use other sizes if such sizes are unavailable)
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Red, yellow, white, blue, green and black tempera paint (students can also use dry mediums(oil pastel, marker, or color pen) instead).
  • 1 medium tip round brush
  • 1 small tip round brush (for outlining)
  • Black marker, black crayon or black oil pastel as optional outing supplies.


After watching the video, students can practice drawing their own Petunia, by pausing the video to get their favorite Petunia picture. Parents can encourage them to make a dot near the top of the paper and one near the bottom. The dots provided guidelines for where to start the head and where to place the feet. This ensures the goose will be drawn large enough to fill most of the paper.


Once the drawing is complete, students will dip a medium paint brush in the red paint and painted sections of the background paper. Students will use the stroke-stroke technique that they learned in class to apply the paint evenly.  They will carefully paint around Petunia and the spring flowers (think about what’s around Petunia and what the background should be).

After the background is complete, the students will paint flowers and leaves with a collection of green, yellow and blue paint mixed in with small amounts of white (make sure to dip the brush in white first!). This teaches students about tints, which is the process of making colors lighter.


Once the paint is dry (from the 1st week), students can use a black oil pastel to outline Petunia. The white paper offers enough contrast so that painting the goose white will be unnecessary, and does not need to be filled white. Alternatively, though,  students can paint their goose if they wish.

If you don’t like to use black pastel to outline, you can use a thick black marker or even a crayon. Experiment and see what medium works best for you.



Weeks 1 & 2

Let’s make artful sketchbook to get you going!

When it comes to limited supplies, drawing is going to be the best way to have our students find success. They can simply draw with the materials they have, any type of mark-making and paper will do the trick.                                            

1.Watch video :

Frida Kahlo and her animalitos by Monica Brown Illustrated by John Parra

2. Make the sketchbook  To make this sketchbook, you only need white papers(at least 5 of them) and a stapler.

click this: Make artful sketchbooks

3. Decorate your sketchbook cover!  Just like Frida, make you feel happy when you make your own masterpiece! On the cover of your sketchbook, it can be a drawing , painting , or collage. you can use any materials you have at home: a pencil, colored pencils, makers/pens, oil pastels/crayons, or watercolor paints/acrylics (MUST ASK YOUR PARENTS FOR USING THESE MESSY MEDIUMS). You can draw animals, color the sky, or make abstract!

Just be yourself like Frida!


4. Finish the Picture! Let your kids’ imaginations soar with these exciting “Finish the Picture” prompts. Click the link below, you can either print or draw 5 prompts for them in their sketchbook. Let your kids get creative with their own story!  They can make a title of their finished picture and write down their story on the back of picture.

Finish the Picture