Teaching Art to Kids leading up to Valentine’s Day can be fun! Here is an art project tutorial that teaches elementary students how to create a Valentine’s puppy using oil pastels and paint. Teach how to use a variety of art mediums with this quick and easy art activity that will have kids making a fun illustration. Perfect teaching resource for grade 4 and grade 5 students. #valentinesday #valentinescraft #valentinesdayart
Begin your art piece by drawing (on card stock or thick paper) the eyes, nose, and part in the puppy’s mouth with a black oil pastel.
With oil pastels, add two blue eyes (leaving a white dot in the center for the glare of light) and a pink tongue.
Color the pupils black and outline the puppy’s tongue.
Draw your puppies head and ears with zigzag lines. Copy the head style above or draw your own puppy!
Color on a red color with a gold name tag. Draw the outline of a heart below your puppies head.
Draw your puppy’s two front paws, with one paw holding the heart. Use your black oil pastel.
Outline the collar details with your black pastel.
Draw the two hind legs and paws with your zigzag lines. Draw your puppy’s tail. Add two dashed lines on either side of the tail to indicate movement.
Draw a border around your puppy with your black oil pastel. The border should be a finger width away from your puppy, as see above.
In your background, draw hearts with your white oil pastel. These will be difficult to see as you draw them, but they will magically appear when we go to paint the background (scroll down to the bottom to see an example before we start).
Color spots on your puppy or other fur patterns or details with your choice of colored oil pastel. This puppy has brown spots!
WATERCOLOR PAINT/TEMPERA PAINT CAKES/TEMPERA PAINT WATERED DOWN:
Paint your puppy with a water-based, brown paint. Be careful as to not get paint in the white border around your puppy, in the heart, or in the whites of the puppy’s eyes.
Add red chalk/soft pastel along the inside border of the heart that your puppy is holding.
Use your finger to blend your soft pastel in the inside of your heart.
Add black soft pastel around the heart, on the dog’s fur (once the dog is dry). Use your finger to blend the black pastel smooth to make it look like a shadow. This will help create contrast to make the heart and the dog a focal point in your art piece.
A Focal Point is part of the art piece that the artist draws the viewer to look at. Artists use contrast to place emphasis on the object or part of the painting to help create the Focal Point.
Paint your background with red paint (watercolor/tempera paint cakes). As you paint, the white oil pastel hearts will resist or repel the red paint. As you paint, they will slowly appear like magic!
Do not get red paint inside the border that is around your puppy. You want the border around the puppy to be white to help create contrast to further place emphasis on your puppy. Your puppy will catch your audience’s attention and draw them into looking at your artwork.
Once your red paint is dry, you are all done! Sign your name and hand in your art piece as directed by your teacher.