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In this section, you will find Project Ideas and Lesson Plans to inspire you!  Art is the process of creating, and these projects and lessons are intended to help you get started.  What you create does not need to be exactly what is shown.  Rather, these are just examples of the wonderful artwork you can create when you use Faber-Castell Premium Children’s Art Products and your own imagination!  When you use exceptional tools, you will experience better outcomes.  Great Art Starts Here!

Students learn painting and mixed media techniques to create a magical tree.
Students learn all about birds, and create a very unique mixed-media collage.
Students conduct a scientific study of plant and animal life in their own backyard or neighborhood by documenting it with sketches, field notes and research, just as Jane Goodall did as a young girl.
Monet loved to paint sailboats! Learn to paint like Monet with texture and contrast.
Tar Beach Lesson Plan
Students learn about the Contemporary American artist Faith Ringgold, and create their own story quilt collage inspired by her book, Tar Beach.
Students will learn about the life and art of Henri Matisse, and create a cut out collage inspired by his work.
Draw and Color Chalk Sunflowers
Draw lovely sunflowers using black paper and oil pastels. Tutorial created by Deep Space Sparkle and features Faber-Castell Art products.
How to Draw Chameleons Tutorials
Learn how to draw a chameleon and then color it in with Faber-Castell Gel Sticks and Watercolor Paints. The project was created by Deep Space Sparkle.
Falling Waters Lesson Plan
The purpose of this lesson is to help students analyze and study the use of lights and darks in an architectural setting and conceptually reverse them, transferring them to black paper, transforming to a nighttime image.
Hailstones and Halibut Bones
Students will come to appreciate the poetry of Mary O’Neil in a project that combines both the art of block printing and graphic design.
Silvery Moon
Metallic Gel Sticks Art - The light of a full moon creates deep shadows and iridescent, glowing highlighted shapes and definitely creates a mood of light. The application of metallic gel sticks on black paper can capture this aura and is a good way to draw things that go bump in the night.
Rousseau's Rain Forest
Students become acquainted with Henri Rousseau’s life and art, and then create their own fantasy rain forest painting inspired by his work.
Louise Nevelson Lesson Plan
The goal of this project is for students to learn about some of the principles of sculpture, such as composition, form, shape and repetition.
Map of My Heart
Students identify the people, moments, memories, places and things that are important to them. They then create artwork expressing their ideas in a heart painting.
The Colors of Jazz
The next generation arts standards presented at NAEA 2015 by Franz Spohn and Karen Nobel (Kids Need More Art).
Crayon Resist Easter Eggs
“Resist”, is when you apply one material that is waxy or oily and then go over it with a water-based material that is not waxy or oily and won’t mix – it resists!
Artist Trading Cards
Students will experiment with a variety of exciting materials and ideas to create their own Artist Trading Cards to trade and collect.
Students will create their own nature journal by learning to observe and record the natural world around them. By exploring the outdoors and collecting, drawing, painting, and writing, students will increase their interest and knowledge of nature, capturing their personal experience through art.

Earth Day Art - The goal of this exercise is for students to learn about the concept and use of warm and cool colors in a watercolor painting of their own. The connector paints are designed to click together in various creative combinations for interest and to encourage creativity.

Kachina Dolls Lesson Plans
Students will explore the cultural significance of the Kachina Doll, and the role it plays in the lives of the Hopi Native American Indian Culture. Students will then
create a Kachina doll drawing with a unique meaning to apply to their own life.
Monet Project Sheet
Monet Inspired Art - Discover and learn the technique and color application done by Claude Monet. Students will experience using color washes with direct application overlaid coloring while gaining an understanding of Monet's art style and special artistic vision.
Watercolor Water Lillies - Students will be able to use value in working with watercolors to simulate natural light and shading. Work with a photographic visual reference to create a detailed depiction in watercolor.
Van Gogh Inspired Art - Students will experience using water-soluble gel sticks to create color washes and lines, mimicking the style of Vincent Van Gogh in his masterpiece, Starry Night.
Peter Max
Peter Max Inspired Art - The goal of this exercise is to learn the technique and color application used by Peter Max, a living artist. Students will experience using markers and colored pencils to create graduated colorations while learning about the artist.
Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky Inspired Art - The goal of this exercise is to discover and learn the technique and color application done by Wassily Kandinsky.

Hundertwasser Haunted House
Students become acquainted with Hundertwasser’s art and architecture, then create a Hundertwasser-inspired haunted house in the spirit of Halloween.
Watercolor Art Project - Create your own layered underwater scene with Faber-Castell Watercolor Crayons. Draw a background with these crayons and, magically with the sweep of a watercolor brush, watch it turn it into a watery world of your imagination bursting with color.
Colored Pencil Easter Eggs
Faber-Castell Colored Pencils are made with a non-wax emollient formula that can work on eggshells!
Oil Pastels
Oil Pastels Art - Taking advantage of the fact that oil and water don’t mix, the resist method enables artists to create an interesting visual balance between bold, vibrant colors and the softer tones of washes.
Native Plants Art Lesson - This lesson teaches students to research native plants of their state and use blending and layering techniques to create a visual representation of their selected native plants.
Mixed Media Project - Students will be able to observe a photograph of a bird in nature and create a representation using mixed media. They will use blending and layering techniques and discover how to vary application of artistic media to create texture.
Self-Portrait Art Lesson - Students will learn to identify the basic steps to creating a balanced self-portrait, ways to enrich color and add texture and explore the way a variety of art media can be layered.
Name Art - Explore images of various sea life and discuss the many different and shapes present among the creatures of our world’s oceans. Define form and shape as two of the seven elements of art and talk about the role each plays in creating a work of art. Draw connections to the common shape and form of letters and the seemingly complex shapes of nature.
Up-Cycled Robot
Up-cycle Robot Project - Create your own robot using Faber-Castell Metallic Colored EcoPencils and Recycled Materials. A great art project for kids that uses upcycling!
2D and 3D Polar Bear
2D & 3D Art Lesson - Students will create two-dimensional abstract work of art depicting a polar bear. And define the term monochromatic and construct a three-dimensional abstract polar bear (or chosen species) sculpture as an extension of their two-dimensional representation.
Bee in Nature Lesson - This lesson teaches students to identify the main body parts of a bee and talk about the most common types of bees and discuss the important role bees play in pollinating flowers and plants in nature. They will also be able to define the different types of sculpture methods and recognize assemblage sculpture as creating three-dimensional art from found objects not specifically intended for artistic use and with papier-mache and other media to create a multi-dimensional representation of a bee with a native foliage background.
Self-Portrait in Nature Lesson - Students will be able to observe nature and create a self portrait framed in natural surroundings, use advanced drawing techniques to create an accurate and balanced self portrait and understand the concept of layering colors in a drawing to create depth in drawing.
Recycled Art Project - Explore different types of buildings and the role they play in shaping a community. Create buildings from recycled material in a whole group setting.
Caldecott Art Lesson - Students will learn to identify the role an author and illustrator play in producing a book and discuss how an illustrator brings a story to life through art. Discuss the process and purpose of awarding the Caldecott Medal. Explore how imagination plays an important part in telling their selected Caldecott Medal winning story.
Endangered Species Mask
Endangered Species Art Masks - Students will be able to explain the difference between a threatened species and an endangered species, identify a variety of animals currently listed as endangered/threatened species. They will provide an example of a species that was previously endangered that is now thriving, while discussing methods for rebuilding and restoring animal populations create a mask of their favorite endangered or previously endangered species to wear as a reminder of the value of protecting nature's creatures.
Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt Inspired Art - Students will use mixed media to experience and learn the techniques and visual voice of the artist Gustav Klimt.
Picasso Inspired Art
Picasso Inspired Art - Learn the technique and color application done by Pablo Picasso. Students will experience using markers with beeswax crayons, while gaining an understanding of Picasso's art style.
Making Transparency Concrete Art Lesson
Making Transparency Concrete - Transparent media can enhance form, texture and volume in artwork.
Intuitive Composition Art Lesson
Intuitive Composition - A new approach to scratch drawing utilizing wet paint and beeswax crayons.