Category: Lessen beeldopvoeding

Wild animal self-portrait with this cool website!

Wild animal self-portrait with this cool website!

Animal projects keep doing it well in artclass! No wonder! Because animals are still great to look at! This online tool can turn your pupils into a wild animal!

The imaginary animal

The project ‘make a imaginary animal by combining parts of different animals’ is an old school project that still works very well in class. As I already said, children tend to love animal projects. Combining different parts isn’t always easy.

A couple of years back I found this site where kids can make an online self-portrait and turn that portrait into a wild version of themselves.
It’s even fun for adults! 😉

BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF: The wild animal you

So – you build an imaginary wild animal of yourself with this tool.
Best is that you start making a self-portrait.
Let the children make a puppet that really looks like them to begin with. You can let them change the gender, the hairdo and color, the shape and the color of the eyes and mouth. You even have some choice in clothes.

When the puppet is readey the kids can begin changing some parts of their body into wild animal parts! It’s really fun to do!

Short project

This is an ideal short project for fast workers or you can let them do this at home.


For the kids here in Belgium it’s a bit sad that the site is in English. The younger ones don’t get English, they start in 8th grade!
Lucky for us they are growing up in the digital time, so even the 7th graders tend to make it work.

Wild animal completely ready

When they are done, they can e-mail the finished portrait to their parents or surprise somebody else. …

Try it yourself??

Build your wild self website

You do need a flash player (yes, even this is oldschool! 😉 )

Pin for later?

wild animal


Take care and see you soon!


Limited Edition Coca-Cola bottle: DIY of art project.

Limited Edition Coca-Cola bottle: DIY of art project.

limited edition coca-cola bottle

My student teacher did an awesome project with my eight graders on these limited edition coca-cola bottle project.
He gets all the credit, I even asked him if I could share and use his pictures.
The pictures are all his, except the ones of the results.

Introduction to the limited edition Coca-Cola bottle.

This lesson is easy to link to the pop-art period.  Andy Warhol did some great Coca-Cola paintings.

This is a great opportunity to talk about modern artists like Modrian, Picasso, Britto, Miro, Kandinsky, Niki de Saint Phalle… all the ones who would look great on a bottle! 😉

Project: limited edition Coca-Cola bottle:

Try to use all the sames size bottles, that’s so much nicer to make pictures when the project is done.
You can start with glueing the newspaper onto the bottle.
When the glue is drying, you can start with the Pop-Art and design part.
Have some blowdryers at hand to dry the white layers of paint.  That way you don’t lose too much time.

* wall paper glue

* old newspapers
* empty plastic coca-cola bottles
* acryllic paint
* black waterproof markers
* varnish
* sketchbook for the design

Step by step

stap 1
3 layers of old newspaper get glued on the bottle with wall paper glue. Be sure to remove the label!
stap 2
When the layers are dry, paint the bottle white.

ongwerp flesje

They designed in their sketchbooks.

tekenen op flesje
They put the design on the dry bottle with pencil
And traced the lines with a waterproof marker.
Then they painted the bottle as they designed it in their sketchbook.
The dry bottles get a layer of varnish and they get their label back.

Great project for middle school

This a project that works well in several grades, but the middle school kids will love them.
Make sure you give them lots of artist to chose from, that way you’ll have many different bottles to show.

Pin limited editon coca-cola bottles for later

limted edition coca-cola bottles

Selfie drawing – free download smartphone template

Selfie drawing – free download smartphone template

Selfie drawing on a smartphone template

The first project at the beginning of new school year for our sixth and seventh graders was to draw a selfie.  The link between art history and their living world is very easy to make this way!
For sure we always have some scared faces in front of us when we start talking about a self-portrait.  But step by step is is doable for everybody!

Selfies in art history: the self-portrait

We talked about self-portraits throughout history.  Rembrandt, Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh. (That’s the one with the ear, isn’t is miss?)

Rembrandt van Rijn van


Leonardo da Vinci – foto van


Vincent Van Gogh – foto van

Drawing a face

To make a self-portrait you start by a regular portait that is shaped in one that looks like you.  The wiki-link under the picture can help you to explain how to draw a face in a few easy steps.

The how to draw a face wiki is very helpfull here!

Colored pencil

We practice colored pencil.  There are just a few kids that know that colored pencils can be used in more ways than just coloring.
Blending, cross hatching, structures,… are all new for most of them.

That’s why we practice coloring once more before we let the kids color their drawings!


From portrait to selfie drawing

We talked about how they could transform a portrait to a self-portrait.
* Change the facial shape.
* Change the hairdo.
* Use the right color of eyes.
* Accessories like glasses, favorite jewelry,…
* Ohters like scars, …

Free template smartphone to draw in:

They all got a template of a smartphone to draw in.  You are welcome to use this template, but please link back to Kreanimo and be sure to mention you downloaded it here!  Thanks!

smartphone 2
Free smartphone template download.

sven selfie drawing


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