Category: Lessen beeldopvoeding

Dragon eggs craft in clay – step by step

Dragon eggs craft in clay – step by step

Dragons keep tickeling our imagination. This dragon egg craft is super easy, but kids will love to make them. In our house one dragon egg wasn’t enough! It had to be a whole family! 😉

Step by step dragon eggs craft

Supplies for a dragon eggs craft

  • air drying clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • gloves
  • clay tools
  • (biodegradeble) glitter
  • varnish
  • water

Steps for your dragon eggs

  • cover your table, put on an apron and the gloves
  • take some clay. Don’t give too much clay to little hands. The less clay the easier it will be to mold!
  • put some drops of acrylic paint on the clay and start kneading so the color mixes with the clay! If you want it darker, just put some more paint on the clay.
  • roll the clay into a ball. Try to remove the cracks so the ball becomes smooth.
  • try to shape the ball into an egg by rolling the upper side a bit.
  • now you have an egg in a lovely color. By using the clay tools you can give the dragon egg a pattern.
  • roll the egg into the glitter.
  • Let your dragon egg dry. Every inch normally takes about 24 hours to dry, so let it have enough time to dry up.
  • When the egg is dry, you can put the varnish on. (That prevents the glitter from falling off!)


Draw your dragon

Let the kids think about their dragon. What would it look like? What can it do?

Let the kids draw the dragon that would come out of their egg.


Maybe you’d like to craft pine cone flowers too? Click here.


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Dragon egg craft

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Robot prints with Lego

Robot prints with Lego

Kids love printmaking. I guess that’s because you don’t have to be a big artist to get nice results. Even when you don’t have that many art skills, your prints can turn out amazing. A while ago I got the idea to makes some prints, using flat lego bricks. We chose to make robots prints with lego.

Materials for prints with lego

  • ground plates
  • flat lego bricks
  • workplace protection
  • apron
  • ink for printmaking
  • inkroll
  • paper

Robot prints with lego

  • Build a robot on the ground plate, using flat bricks
  • Roll ink onto the robot
  • Print your robot
  • let the robot dry

In artclass

The kids learn about shapes, lines, positive and negative. The flat bricks limit the possibilities somewhat. You can’t make curved lines. That’s why I chose to build robots. But kids are inventive. So you can give them freedom.
My daughter made a wand and a spaceship.

Other possibilities

Use different colors or go all abstract on this project…

kleine robot
Little robot
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Big robot
ruimteschip drukken met legoblokjes

These prints were made by my 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter. Do you like our robot prints with lego? What would you make?

Great fun and learning about printmaking in one!

Take care en see you soon

Love Ilse

Stuffed animal drawings in soft pastel – art project

Stuffed animal drawings in soft pastel – art project

One of my own favorite materials when I was an art-class student were soft pastels. I love how you can blend it and add texturen afterwards. Layering, blending, drawing and using your own hand the most! When I thought artclass, one of the least favorite projects were the ones where the kids had to do observational drawings. So some years ago I came up with the idea to link the fun of soft pastels to the more boring observational drawing. I asked them to bring a stuffed animal to class to do stuffed animal drawings in soft pastels.

Observational drawing.

The hardest part when kids have to do observational drawings is making sure they learn to draw what they see, not what they (think) they know.  Measuring and studying the object you want to draw is very important.


Knuffels in zachte pastels

Tips and tricks for drawing with soft pastels.

  1. When you hold the pastels on the side you can color larger shapes. When you use the tip, you can draw more precise.
  2. Work in layers. Make sure the kids don’t color their sheet too full to start with. It is better to draw layer onto layer and add texture later.
  3. You can blend with your fingers, but you can use a tissue or the special stumper to blend the colors.
  4. You can add texture using the hatching technique. It’s best to first color a shape and add hatches later.
  5. Use a paper in a different backgroundcolor than white. It gives unity to your drawing.


Drawing stuffed animals with soft pastels – art project

  • Make sure the kids measure their stuffed animal. They can use a ruler of the measuring technique using a pencil.
  • Talk about all the different shapes they see in their stuffed animal.
  • Let the kids chose a background color. If you don’t have pastel paper, you can use colored craft paper, it works too!
  • Let them sketch out the big shapes of their animal, using a soft pastel that matches the background color. Dark grey for a black background, light yellow for a yellow background.
  • Let them color the big shapes. Talk about where the dark parts of their stuffed animal are and how they have to do some shading too.
  • Let them draw lines with the tip on the soft pastel to create texture.
  • Fixate the drawing when it is finished. (You can use hairspray too)

The results were amazing.

Take care and see you soon!

Love Ilse 



Mondrian animal drawings for kids

Mondrian animal drawings for kids

Mondrian is a Dutch painter whose famous for his abstract line paintings using the primary colors.  Art projects about his art in class are great because the kids love the simpleness about his art helps them to think it can be successfull, even if they aren’t that talented in art!

Animals in class

Animals are a favourite subject of many children. At all ages kids can be triggered about an art project, just because of the theme!

Talking about Mondrian in class

I always use different painting to show the process that Modrian went through. He started very realistic and started his abstract works later on in his life.
The famous tree shows that very well. How it starts by being a tree, but slowly changes into just lines and shapes and some color.

We look at the famous black and white with primary colors. The lines are not the same all over the painting, they have various thicknesses.
We talk about the line, shape and primary colors in his work.

Chosing an animal 

Using several animal books the kids could search an animal they would like to use. They had to simplify the animal. They left out the details or just used the most important shapes 

Dividing the animal into Mondrian shapes

Once the animal was drawn completely, they could trace the drawing and the division lines. All the shapes could be colored, just like Mondrian did. He used red, blue and yellow. 

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Mondrian animals

Take care and see you soon

Love Ilse 

Simpsons Zelfportret of is het disenchantment?

Simpsons Zelfportret of is het disenchantment?

At the beginning of every new school year, we start with a self-portrait in art-class. Many years ago, when I first started teaching, the Simpsons were hip and trendy.
My collegue and I decided we wanted to let the kids draw their own Simpsons self-portrait.
It’s actually quite simple to get a cartoon portrait to look Simpson style!

Now with the new Netflix series ‘Disenchantement’ the old project can be dusted off and used again! 

How do you draw yourself like the ‘The Simpsons’

As I said it is actually pretty simple. With a few easy steps you can change a cartoon drawing very easily to the Simpson stule.
I put the steps here, so the kids can use them to make their self-portraits the same style! 
I let them draw in pencil and trace with permanent black fineliners. 

1) Draw 2 eyes against eachother.
2) Start the nose against the eyes. Think about your own nose when you draw. Do you have a large one or a smalle nose?
3) Draw the upper lip against the nose.

4) Draw the lower lip against the upper lig, but start more inwards.
5) Draw your hair Simpson Style. (Try to make it just like your own hair! 



Hair is drawn cartoon style. So don’t let them draw each hair, but shapes. 

Details make the drawing a self-portrait. Accessories, favorite necklace or earrings, clothes,…
The drawings can be colored in colored pencil or markers. 

Sketching is always a good idea. I let them use the window to trace their sketches! 

Hair is drawn in cartoon style. So not every hair is drawn seperately. The shape is much more important here! 


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simpsons self-portrait

Good luck! Let me know if it worked! On social media you can use #kreanitried, so I can come and check it out! 
Take care and see you soon
love Ilse 
Postcard like Hundertwasser in artclass – markers

Postcard like Hundertwasser in artclass – markers

Welcome at this creative Thursday linkparty. This week’s prompt is travel. Now the days are getting shorter and the cold is outside, I catch myself longing for summer! While my husband is sitting on a terrace in Macau with 27 degrees, I’m tuning the heat up and making hot chocolate for my kids! Oh well… 😉 Today I’m going to tell you all a bit more about the Austrian artist Hundertwasser. His work is very colorful and his lines are not straight at all. This tends to catch the kids’ attention every time I bring him up in class. During this project the kids get to know the work of this bearded artis and they learn how to draw a postcard like Hundertwasser. Not all projects can be done in markers, but this one can! If you are looking for another project with markers I can recommend the one with the origami butterflies in Kandinsky style.

Who is this Hundertwasser guy?

Hunderdwasser was born Friedrich Stowasser in Austra. When I learned ‘Sto’ means ‘hundred’ he changed his pseudonym to Hundertwasser (Hundert = hundred in German)

He was an architect and a painter. His architectural word is just like his paintings. Colorful and the lines are everuthing but straight! Kids love this, it means they don’t have to try to be perfect either!


Postcards like hundertwasser

Possible ways to give an introduction:

  • The kids name their favorite countries to go visit on holiday.
  • Show the kids monuments like the Eifel Tour and The statue of liberty and let them name the cities they stand in.
  • Be sure to look at some paintings of Hundertwasser and talk about them with your class/kid. That way they find it easier to use his style in their drawings. Mention the fact that his work is colorful, but sometimes has a dark feeling within them. Let them see that his lines aren’t that straight at all. His backgrounds are made out of big shapes with colorful lines. When there is some room in their drawings they can fill the space with his typical lolly trees.

What do you need

  • Sheet of white paper
  • markers
  • Pictures of important monument of countries
  • Scissors
  • ruler

Step by step to the postcard like Hundertwasser:

  1. Cut out a rectangle (10×15 cm = postcard size)
  2. Draw the builings, monuments or landscapes that you chose
  3. Trace with the color of the object (Trees with dark green, sun with orange….)
  4. Devide the background into large shapes.
  5. Color all the object and the background shapes with tints of one color and use lines. They don’t have to be precise of straight! (yay)
  6. If you have some room left, you can always add some lolly trees like Hundertwasser did!

Some results:

Can you guess the cities and countries?

postkaart zoals Hundertwasser

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Postcard like Hundertwasser



That’s it for today!
Let me know if you try this one! I’d love to see the results

For now, take care and see you all soon


Lizard like Gaudi mosaïc – artclass project

Lizard like Gaudi mosaïc – artclass project

Mosaïcs – art into pieces!

Antoni Gaudi used a special method of putting pieces of ceramics and glass in cement.  Lovely mosaïcs were made this way.
One of his most famous works is the one in Parc Guëll in Barcelona, called the lizard.  All over the parc you can find mosaïcs like this!


Collage like the lizard of Gaudi


  • Shape of a lizard, printed out for small children, drawn by the bigger ones! 😉
  • Watercolor
  • table protection
  • scissors
  • colored paper
  • glue stick
  • salt
  • large watercolor paper (stronger paper)

Step by step:

  • Cut out the lizard shape.
  • Cut the colored paper in small pieces.
  • Put the pieces on the lizard shape, make sure to think about the pattern of the colors.
  • Glue them onto the shape.
  • Draw the shape of a stone on the large white paper, make sure the lizard will fit on the ston.
  • Paint the shape with watercolors and put salt on it when the paint is still wet.
  • Let it dry.
  • Wipe off the dried salt.
  • Cut out the stone.
  • Glue the lizard onto the stone.

Watercolor and salt technique

Why you should put salt on the wet paint, you ask?  Well, it’s a super fun technique and gives a nice stone like effect.
The salt will take the water and the paint in and make a lovely structure.
It’s always a surprise how it will turn out!
Kitchen salt gives a more subtle structure, sea salt will give large ‘stains’.

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lizard like Gaudi art project

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Print the sea with plastic bag printing – Crea-cross

Print the sea with plastic bag printing – Crea-cross

It’s Crea-Cross time again!  The weekly creative linkparty for all creative people to show what they are up to!  This week my kids did a print the sea project by using old platic freeze bags.  It’s a great ‘bad weather’ activity that they will love! Trust me!

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Today my co-host is bij Patricia and I’d love you to take a look at her blog too.  I’m very curious to see what she did!

Use old plastic bags

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but getting a plastic bag when you are shopping or buyin groceries is rare here in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Fabric bags or shopping bags that can be used more than once are much better off course.
I often use cardboard boxes too.

Some people use plastic bags to crochet things with.
I even know somebody who washes freezer bags to use them again, I just don’t know if it’s such a good idea to do that food safety wise. 😉
If you use plastic freezer bags and if you don’t want to throw them away immediately, you can use them to do some printmaking with your kids!

Print the sea

The idea of using plastic bags to print is nog mine!  Alisa Burk has a lovely blog post in which she explains how to do this.


  • paint
  • brushes
  • old plastic freezer bags
  • water jar
  • plate
  • protection for your table
  • pictures of fish for little children.

Print the sea with paint

Let the kids use different tints of blue to paint wavy water lines on a bigger plastic bag.  Beware that the bag is not larger than the paper you are going to use to print on. Try to make sure that they spread the paint well.  That makes the print more like the painting on the bag.
Put the bag with the paint on the sheet of paper en let them push with their hands on the bag.
Pull off the bag and let the print dry.
If there is still alot of paint on the bag, you can make a second print!

Make sure the paint is dry before you go to the next step!

Under water world

Let the kids paint little fish or plants on smaller bags and let them print on the dried wavy blue prints you did earliers.
Fish can swim in all directions, plants can brighten things up.  Let the kids use their imagination.
Let it all dry again!


With markers details can be added when the paint is completely dry!

print the sea

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print the sea

Next week.

The prompt next week is ‘broken’.  Not that easy, but maybe you can put your recycle hat on!  Hope you have a lot of fun with this weeks prompt ‘Blue’.  Don’t forget to link your blue projects in the linkup beneath!
Have a nice week!

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Self-portraits like Gustave Klimt – crea-cross linkparty

Self-portraits like Gustave Klimt – crea-cross linkparty

Hello everybody!  Nice to see you all again on this creative Thursday!  Ready to go ahead with a new linkparty theme in Crea-Cross?

Hope you can all come and join in linking your creative articles on self-portrait drawings or photographs!



Self-portraits in photography

Maybe you couldn’t tell, but I did have some photography courses up to now.  I use Pixaby or Unsplash way too much for my blog.  Lack of time is my excuse, but I actually do love making pictures.  At highschool I learned it the old fashioned way.  We went into the dark room and everything!  Where’s the time?!

When I bought my digital camera I didn’t have a clue how to use it an always made my pictures on full automatic!  Such a shame!  So I went on a new photography course to get to know my new camera and to learn how to use it better!

For all those of you who do come and read but say you don’t have te patients of the skills to craft or draw… this is your chance!  Take your camera or your smartphone: it’s selfie time!  Don’t forget to have fun!  And make the portaits about yourself and not just of yourself!

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt mini biography

Dowload the Gustav Klimt Mini biography here

Gustave Klimt is a Austrian painter that’s part of the Jugenstill.  He is known for his ‘tree of life’ and ‘the kiss’.
My colleague did a project in class that’s inspired on one of Art Projects for kids .
The project uses gold an silver markers on black paper.  She used scratch paper instead.


Step by step

  • Print a picture of the heads of the kids.
  • Cut out the heads and glue them on the scratch paper.
  • Scratch clothes in Gustav Klimt style: patterns all the way!
  • Draw the trees of life next to the self-portrait.

*we used the black rectangles to make sure the kids privacy is taken care of.

Leonie van Sugarframe

Today my co-host is Leonie van Sugarframe. She loves to take pictures, so I’m hoping she did soms self-portraits for her inspiration post!


Next week you can all go crazy with the next prompt: blue!
All creative sea projects, blue knitted scarfs, drawings in blue markers or whatever you can come up with!
Have a lovely creative week!

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Jackson Pollock marble paintings for al ages

Jackson Pollock marble paintings for al ages

Hello everybody!
Welcome to another creative challenge linkparty!  This week the prompt is movement and that wasn’t very easy for me.
Lucky for me I had a trainee teacher who had a lovely project for the fast workers worked out a few weeks ago.

New here?

Maybe it’s your first visit here on Kreanimo and maybe you don’t have a clue what the linkparty crea-cross is all about?!
Well if that’s the case, please go to the crea-cross 2017 page and read some more.

My co-host this week:

Every week there is another Dutch or Belgian blogger who joins in and is my co-host.  Those articles are in Dutch, but they can still inspire.  Please visit Lodi, my co-host for this week!
She has been one of the most enthusiastic participants up to now.

Movement: Crea-cross week 12


Extra activity for fast workers

A couple of weeks ago I had a trainee art teacher in my artroom.  That doesn’t happen too often, but I’m always happy to see young people with new ideas.
It can inspire me.
She had an extra activity for the fast workers.  It was so much fun, most of the kids finished very fast, so they could do the extra activity rather than the original project.

Jackson Pollock

The Action painter, known for his ‘dripping’ technique is Jackson Pollock.  He was an American artist that belongs to the Abstract Expressionism.
He believed that his subconscious told him how to move his brushes and cans.  I don’t think my 14 year olds would by that though!  But experimenting with paint and marbles is for all ages, so it seemed!

Jackson Pollock mini biography

Download here your mini biography of Jackson Pollock

Marble movement on paper

When you move marbles with paint over a sheet of paper, you get works of art very similar to those of Jackson Pollock.
Certainly when you use the primary colors, black and white.
You should protect tables and clothes.
For younger children I wouldn’t use acrylic paint.


shoebox lids
little plastic pots for different colors of paint
protection for table and clothes

Step by step

  1. cover the table and clothes
  2. put a sheet of paper in the lid of the shoe box
  3. lay the marbles in the paint
  4. drop the marbles on the sheet of paper
  5. move the marbles so they ‘paint’ all over the sheet
  6. let it dry


8th grade results:

The autograph

Maybe you see a fingerprint here or there? Those are the autographs of the artists, just like Pollock!


Next week: silence

Next week’s prompt is silence… not so easy!  Hope to see you again next week!

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