Amazing Math Art Projects for Kids
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Math art projects are some of the most amazing and fun ways to teach math. There is so much math in art and so much art in math! Art and mathematics may seem an unlikely pair, but they are intertwined in so many ways. Today I want to share with you some amazing Math Art Projects for Kids.
This week, to celebrate the launch of my new book Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids , I am hosting a Math Art series on my site. Each day there is a theme that combines math and art in a creative way. There are some incredibly talented bloggers joining me who will be sharing their own ideas related to Math Art.
First a little about the Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids book. This is a book with more than 40 projects that bring art and math together in fun and creative ways. They teach kids problem solving, creativity and innovation in real life ways.
All of these projects were tested and loved by my own kids! After a year of work, I am so excited that this book is finally launching.
The week before it was officially released, it made the #1 status in new releases for Math Books for Children on Amazon!
Included in the book are the following categories:
- Math with Fine Artists- this section brings together modern art and contemporary artists and pairs them with math in fun and innovative ways. Artists use math constantly and you will learn about some of the ways in these projects.
- Art with Graphs, Grids, Numbers and Equations- We love doing math art with graph paper and grids, and using equations such as the golden ratio to make beautiful works of art.
- Symmetry in Art- Symmetry is such a fun way to create! Learn about some fun symmetrical art projects.
- Geometric Art- Bring together shapes and art and you have so much beauty! The possibilities here are virtually endless.
- Cultural Math Art ~ This section goes through art history and combines it with cultural history as well.
- Edible Math Art- All of these projects can be eaten! Math in the kitchen is one of our favorites.
Watch a little clip of some of the fun things included in the book:
Look what we have in store for you this week in the Math Art series:
Ready to create your own math art activity? Get out your rulers, pencils, erasers, compass and protractor, you’ll definitely need them! These projects will teach mathematical concepts to younger kids and older kids in such fun ways!
Geometric Math Art Projects
These projects all contain geometric patterns and geometric shapes. They combine shapes with numbers in creative ways.
- 3-D Paper Shapes – Teach Beside Me
- Geometric Math Art with Circles – Teach Beside Me
- Tesselations – Jumping to Genius
- Sensory Wall Mosaic Art – Mama Smiles
- Concentric Circles with Onion Prints – Math Geek Mama
- Geoboard Art on Natural Wood – From Engineer to Stay At Home Mom
- Geometric Animal Cards – Tree Valley Academy
- Geometry Snowflakes Dice Game – Board Games for Learning
- How to Make a Circle Geoboard – Teach Beside Me
- Stellated Dodecahedraon – Teach Beside Me
- Math Art: Spirolaterals- Teach Beside Me
Symmetry Art Projects
Make symmetrical works of art and patterns with symmetry by using some of these creative math art ideas.
- Shape Coloring Symmetry Art – 3 Dinosaurs
- Snowflake Symmetry Resist Art – Our Family Code
- Snowflake Symmetry Drawings – Teach Beside Me
- Symmetrical Pattern Coloring Cards – Teach Beside Me
- Perspective Math Art for Kids – Mama Smiles
Math Art Projects With Fine Artists
Fine artists use math in their creations in many unique ways! Get inspiration from these artists to learn about math in fun ways.
- Mondrian Style Fibonacci Art – Teach Beside Me
- Abstract Art and Math Inspired by Kandinsky – Our Journey Westward
- Radial Design with Marc Chagall – Table Life Blog
- Hands-on Fibonacci Math Art – Our Family Code
- Pascal’s Triangle Christmas Tree Art – Our Family Code
- Kandinsky Circle Art – Teach Beside Me
Art Projects With Numbers and Equations
- Color By Number Addition and Subtraction – Hess Un-Academy
- Finding Pi With Math Suncatchers – Our Family Code
- Mandala Multiplication Coloring Pages – Rock Your Homeschool
- Multiplication Color by Number of the U.S . – Tree Valley Academy
Math Art Projects with Graphs and Grids
Get out your graph paper and get creating! There is so much to make with a grid of squares!
- Area and Perimeter City – Teach Beside Me
- Graphing Christmas Coordinates – Our Family Code
- Graph Art: Illustrating Data – Go Science Kids
- Smiley Face Mystery Coordinate Grid – Royal Baloo
- Multiplication Grid Game – Teach Beside Me
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This is such a fun series to introduce such a useful book! I love all the different math and art project ideas.
What grade levels?
For the book? It’s recommended for grads 3-7.
How can I purchase a copy of each of your books please, the art based and science based art topics?
I teach in western Australia and began using maths in art a couple of years ago but I would like to base a semesters art on this topic.
Thank you, Glenis
Both are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The second one has not released yet, but can be pre-ordered! It releases in November.
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Make Fibonacci Art: Hands-on Math Art Activity!
Posted on Published: October 29, 2018 - Last updated: July 22, 2021
This hands-on math art activity presents this would-be complex mathematical concept in an easy to understand, tangible way with Fibonacci art and is ideal for elementary-age kids through tweens!
The Fibonacci series is a mathematical sequence of numbers that happen to represent wide number of relationships in nature such as seashells, galaxies, ferns, sunflowers, flowers, cauliflower, and so many more!
For younger kiddos in K-3, I recommend teaching up to number 13. 4th and 5th graders would be great at finishing the entire project and this activity can be adapted for middle schoolers simply by adding additional numbers in the image.
What is the Fibonacci Sequence?
You’ll find the Fibonacci sequence below. The numbers in the sequence are called Fibonacci numbers. To determine the next number in the sequence, you simply add the previous two numbers together.
The Fibonacci sequence is referred to as the Golden Ratio. Basically, the Golden Ratio occurs when the ratio of two quantities is equal to the ratio of the later of the two quantities to the whole.
The Golden Ratio, Phi 3/2= 1.5 5/3=1.6667 8/5=1.6 13/8=1.625 21/13=1.6154 34/21=1.6191 55/34=1.6176 89/55=1.6182 144/89=1.618 The Golden Ratio is Phi, 1.618.
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STEAM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
STEAM, like STEM, is an integrated approach to learning that encourages learners to make connections between the concepts they are learning and how they apply them to real-world problems.
STEAM helps students ask questions, problem solve, think creatively, and produce innovative solutions.
Many schools have adopted STEAM learning activities into their curriculum, but it’s never too early to start building critical thinking skills.
We love to learn through play at our house and have a blast doing activities for toddlers all the way to tweens!
Looking for some more hands-on activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)? Then you have to check out STEAM Kids!
This book features more than 50 hands-on activities that are organized into easy to implement categories, so you know exactly what concepts your kids are learning!
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Fibonacci Art Project Materials
- Fibonacci Template
- Graph Paper
- Pipe Cleaners
- Colored pencils ( optional )
- Teach the Fibonacci Sequence with this Easy Math & Art Activity!
To get started, print out the Fibonacci art template. You can also have more advanced kids make their own worksheet.
To make your own, download this graph paper and then upload it to Google Slides. You can add squares to make your own Fibonacci rectangles or you can chose to print your graph paper and hand draw them.
How to Make Fibonacci Rectangles
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After you have printed or designed your Fibonacci rectangles, poke the end of a pipe cleaner through the corner of your first 1X1 square.
Use 1-2 more pipe cleaners to complete your spiral. Poke the ends into the paper to make the spiral sturdy.
Slide 1 pony bead on to represent the Fibonacci number “1”. Use another bead to represent the following “1” and then add 2 beads to represent the next number in the Fibonacci sequence.
Continue adding beads for each number in the sequence. You’ll notice that you’ll have just about the exact amount of space available within the pipe cleaner for each square for the number of beads required.
Once you have finished adding all of your beads, secure the end of your pipe cleaner.
I cut another pipe cleaner and then used pieces of it to poke through my Fibonacci art to secure it to my paper.
Want to connect this Fibonacci activity with other STEAM buckets? Check out these extensions!
Science – Go on a Golden Ratio nature walk and try to find the Fibonacci sequence in nature !
Technology – Discuss how computer programmers utilize patterns to write code. Write the first six numbers of the Fibonacci sequence in binary code .
Engineering – Look at local architecture and try to find the spiral of the Fibonacci sequence in buildings and structures.
Art – Explore artwork and pay close attention to the spiral patterns. Can you find the golden mean in the Mona Lisa ?
Math – Use your Fibonacci sequence knowledge to figure out 4 more Fibonacci numbers (after the ones worked on already!) in the sequence.
Some Books to Read with Your Activity
We love incorporating books into our activities. Here are some great books about math to read with your activity!
- Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D’Agnese
- Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell
- Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale by Ann McCallum
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Our friend Karyn from Teach Beside Me just published an excellent math art book, Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids .
This book is filled with tons of incredible ideas to learn math through art and is great for both teachers and homeschoolers. You can purchase a copy by clicking the image.
31 Days of Low-Prep STEAM Activities for Kids
This activity is part of our 31 Days of Low-Prep STEAM Activities for Kids .
Every activity will primarily focus on each of the buckets of STEAM ( Science , Technology , Engineering , Art , & Math ) although these integrated projects fit in more than one bucket.
You and your kiddos are going to love all of the activities that we have in store! Visit the 31 Days of Low-Prep STEAM Activity hub and pin it, so you can come back and visit it daily! If you’d like to receive your activities weekly, you can sign up for our weekly newsletter!
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The goal of this activity is to explore the number Pi and prove that it is a mathematical constant by making math sun catchers out of fuse beads for a fun math + art STEAM activity!
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Hey there , I’m Toni! I’m a software engineer and Maker Mom that finds my joy in unleashing my children’s curiosity by exploring STEAM concepts with my fantastic five!
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My daughter will love this! They're learning about Fibonacci numbers at school right now!
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i haven't heard of this, but it looks like a great way to incorporate more STEM activities
Math in Art
In our teaching programs, we all learned about the different sides of the brain and different learning types. But with the recession, many schools lost the programs that helped reach all learning types – especially art. Art is more than just creating beautiful pieces, many of the great master painters used math concepts to make their pieces even more appealing. Art helps other subjects come alive !
So how can we integrate math into art for our students? Here’s over 15 resources for covering both math and art concepts in a lesson! You can find even more on my Math in Art pinterest board .
How to make an orderly tangle of triangles – great for a geometry class!
Teach bar graphing skills (and even pi!) with this city skyline activity .
Paint with compasses ! Great for introducing this tool to younger students.
Teach symmetry with this self-portrait activity .
Tessellations have always been popular STEAM activities – here’s one for fish , there’s plenty more online for all grade levels!
This activity can help students struggling with the Pythagorean Theorem grasp the concept while making this piece of art !
These geometric stars can also be used for tracking New Year’s Resolutions!
Kids are always impressed with mobius strips !
Help students with learn their multiplication table with this art activity !
These kaleidoscope blocks are fun to make, and teach many different concepts while the students create them!
Your students will be impressed with themselves when they make these optical illusions !
For students new to geometry, a protractor can be a bit daunting. Help them learn to use the tool while creating fun pieces of artwork !
These colorful polyhedrons teach important problem solving skills during their construction, and they make great classroom decorations!
The golden ratio is one of those amazing concepts that covers almost all the areas of STEAM! The mathematical concept can be found in many famous pieces of artwork. This page has several resources for teaching it.
Teach the concept of seamless patterns and your students won’t want to stop coming up with new creations !
There’s even more Math in Art STEAM projects on my Pinterest board! What Math in Art projects have you used in the classroom? Did it help you reach more struggling students? I want to know!
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25 Unique Art Projects for Middle Schoolers
It’s time to get creative!
The benefits of art education are further reaching than many people realize. Besides boosting students’ creative-thinking skills, engagement in the arts can help students improve their performance in other areas, including math and reading. It can also help with critical thinking, concentration, confidence, and motivation. Since learning about different art movements and mediums are important parts of art education, we gathered a list of diverse and interesting art projects for middle schoolers. Give one a try during your next art class!
1. Giant-sized comic strip
Regardless of your artistic abilities, creating comic strips is a fun way to express yourself. We especially love the idea of getting down on the floor and creating a larger-than-life story. You can also use this as a collaborative art project and have different groups of students tackle different parts of a story that you come up with together as a class.
Learn more: Make Your Own Giant Comic Strip at What Do We Do All Day?
2. Oil pastel candles
Before tackling this project, have your students try out creating oil pastel gradients in their sketchbooks. Then, use a guided drawing to have students draw their candle shape and size on blue pastel paper. This is so creative because while everyone has the same subject matter, no two candles and no two flames will look the same.
Learn more: Oil Pastel Candle Art Lesson at That Art Teacher
3. Mixed-media collage
Before doing this project, teach your students about a number of different collage artists. Then, have students thoughtfully compile different things to include in their collage. This project is particularly personal and will reflect each student’s individuality.
Learn more: Mixed Media Collage at Anita Sagastegui
4. Animal mosaics
Some art projects for middle schoolers are complex but well worth the effort. This is one of those projects since it is part carpentry and part art. Students will learn to safely use plywood, electric jigsaws, and sanders to create these spectacular animal mosaics. You’ll also want to teach kids a bit about the history of mosaic art.
Learn more: All in Pieces at Davis Art
5. 3D snowflakes
Get your free 3D snowflake template at the link below and then get crafting. We all remember making paper snowflakes at school or at home, but these 3D snowflakes really take this beloved project up a level. Add sparkles and sequins and you have some gorgeous classroom decor for the winter months.
Learn more: Stunning 3D Snowflake Craft at Kids Craft Room
6. Faux stained glass
While this project can be done by kids as young as toddlers, it’s also a fun project for middle schoolers. Hand out pieces of wax paper and then have students dab on large, thick piles of paint. Next, take bottle caps and have them push the paint into the wax paper for a stained-glass effect. Finally, once dry, have your students use a Sharpie to define designs throughout. Once dry, hang in the window for a dazzling effect.
Learn more: Stained Glass at Happy Hooligans
7. Neuro-Doodle designs
This is a perfect lesson for teaching about line quality and weights while also experimenting with different mediums. We love middle school art projects that give students experience with a variety of materials, and this one does just that! Students will try their hand at using felt-tip black markers, watercolor paints, colored markers, and colored pencils.
8. Figure drawing
Drawing from life is always ideal, especially when the human body is involved. Middle school students are at an ideal age to learn to sketch different poses quickly. And charcoal makes for an ideal medium.
9. Bubble wrap trees
Learning to paint can feel daunting to some students, but it definitely doesn’t have to be! Introducing students to acrylic paint before oil paint is often the best way to go. This art project uses unconventional materials like bubble wrap for a fun and somewhat easy painting project.
10. Art history timeline
The visual arts are an important part of an art education, but middle school art projects should include art history as well. This project combines both. Have students select an artist or time period and then have them create a timeline like the sample at the link below. Then have them present their timelines to the entire class.
Learn more: Art History Timeline at Hey That’s My Art Teacher
Art projects for middle schoolers that force kids to think deeply are some of our favorites. This project teaches a typical art lesson like how to create a self-portrait but makes it more personal through additional imagery and words.
Learn more: The Real Me Art Lesson at Art With Mrs. E.
12. Yarn painting
Yarn, scissors, heavy paper, and glue are all you need to create these pretty yarn paintings. Well, maybe that and also a hefty dose of patience. This is a project that will likely take a couple of classes to complete. Art projects for middle schoolers like this one provide students with a lot of opportunity to individualize their works through creative choices.
13. Texture relief
Before working on this project, teach your students a bit about texture, and show them lots of examples of artworks that include different textures. Have students bring in different items to include as part of the texture in their project (think leaves, sticks, burlap, etc.). Then, have them cover those items in tinfoil, being careful to reveal all of the different surfaces. Once that step is done, they will need to apply black paint to the surface of the tinfoil. Once dry, have them use steel wool to reveal the texture. These make for an impressive finished product.
14. Wire stocking sculpture
This idea is so unique and it yields impressive results. Build off a lesson on cubism and sculpture by having your students construct sculptures from a soft block of wood, a wire coat hanger, a nylon stocking, and some paint.
15. Playing cards with a twist
We love art projects for middle schoolers that require patience, creativity, and even communication. To begin, students are tasked with coming up with a design for a playing card that involves an animal. They initially design just the top part of the playing card and then use tracing paper to replicate the design onto the rest of the card. Finally, pair up students and have them explain how to execute their original design to someone else.
Learn more: A Playing Card With a Twist at Just Your Everyday Art Teacher
16. Pop art candy paintings
This is the perfect project to pair with a lesson on the pop art movement. And all you need is some tempera paint and a black Sharpie.
Learn more: Pop Art! Candy Paintings at Art at Becker Middle School
17. Fingerprint self-portraits
Before working on this project, have students gather old magazines to bring in for inspiration. To begin, have students go through the magazines to find words that appeal to them and describe themselves. Then, have them draw the outline of their fingerprint on a piece of paper and paste the words down.
18. Vortex drawings
Learning to draw vortexes is a fun exercise that is developmentally appropriate for middle schoolers! Follow the video tutorial above.
19. Mixed-media still life
Students will love the agency they have over this project since they get to choose what materials to use for their mixed media (newspaper, magazines, cardboard, etc.). Learning to draw from a still life setup is a vital part of any art education, and we think the addition of the mixed media really ups the ante.
20. Skyline printmaking
Printmaking is a fun lesson to teach at any age, but we think it is perfect for middle schoolers. This project begins with creating a stamp of a cityscape out of a foam plate and then transferring it to paper using a paint roller. You may choose to have students begin this lesson by painting their background first with watercolors.
Learn more: Printmaking at Painted Paper Art
21. One-point perspective
Learning about perspective is certainly one of the foremost lessons in any art education. This video does a good job teaching how to use one-point perspective to re-create a school hallway.
22. Keith Haring–inspired art
Keith Haring was easily one of the most influential artists of the 1980s. His legacy includes bringing graffiti art into the mainstream as well as drawing attention to the AIDS epidemic. This video is a good introduction to the artist and his work and even includes a visual art lesson on how students can create their own Haring-inspired artwork.
23. Pop art sculpture
The main objective of this project is to task your students with creating a 3D television sculpture in a pop art style. Have them bring in an empty shoebox and then provide them with a number of different materials. Before getting started, be sure to go over background, middle ground, and foreground.
Learn more: Prime Time Televisions at Davis Art
24. Personalized soda can label
This art project is simple, and it teaches students about marketing and brand design. Just have students design their very own soda can label complete with text and corresponding images.
Learn more: Personal Soda Can Label at The Art of Education University
25. Water droplet drawing
This is a great lesson on creating dimension on a flat surface. It also introduces students to the concept of shading. Your students will get a kick out of watching their water droplets come to life using nothing more than a pencil and paper.
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21 Math Art Projects for Kids
Math art projects are a unique way to combine right and left brain learning. Both my boys enjoy math, but they often balk when I suggest, "let's do an art project!" It's sort of depressing for me, since I'd much rather get out the paints than perform calculations. My solution has been to make math learning creative with math art projects and activities.
I need to get better about taking photos of our math art sessions. Perhaps now that I have a new camera I can get some decent pictures. But I digress. Anyway... I thought it would be fun to round up some math art ideas that we've tried, plus a few I've found on the internet that are in my virtual "to try" pile.
The best thing about all of these math art projects is that they will get math kids thinking about art and art kids thinking about math!
Math Art Projects and Ideas
Tessellations . We've done this several times, and somehow it never gets boring.
- See our how to make tessellations post .
- Three ways to make heart tessellations .
- Easy cat tessellations
- Star tessellations - great for holiday art
Explore Symmetry .
- This is great for younger kids. You're probably familiar with the ol' fold the paper in half and smoosh trick. You can make symmetry art free style, like we did .
- Create gorgeous math art with parabolic curves . My son designed his own eyeball!!
- Create gorgeous objects like these butterflies from Buggy and Buddy.
- These symmetry art aliens make me smile.
Turn number sequences into art .
- We did this when we turned pi into a cityscape
- Spirolaterals will help your kids practice their multiplication tables.
- Create Fibonacci art with circles.
- This Fibonacci valentine from Math Four could be adapted for any time of the year.
Use math tools to create art. This is one of my favorite ideas!
- It can be really simple, like simply giving your kids a ruler, compass and protractor and see what they come up with. If using a compass is tricky, see my tip for drawing mandalas with a compass .
- I love this protractor art project that evokes Frank Stella's artwork .
- Use a ruler to create sunburst paintings , like these at Art Bar.
Explore math art with shapes .
- The boys love to play around with our homemade Montessori triangles . They don't even think about the fact that they are creating artistic designs!
- Explore Möbius strips , or make Möbius hearts
- Make your own peek-a-boo shape book - free printable template.
- Paint a Mondrian window .
- Build a fractal Christmas tree
- Explore triangle math with a heart geometry puzzle
- E is for Explore has a few ways kids can use Kandinsky inspired art to think about about circles and relative size .
- Use a geoboard. We were gifted a cheesy plastic geoboard, but Crayon Box Chronicles has instructions so you can make your own .
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Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says
May 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm
Love these ideas. Actually, I love incorporating art with all subject areas. 🙂
Bon Crowder (@mathfour) says
January 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm
Thanks for the recommendation! I did love that Fibonacci Valentine craft. And you are so right - you can do it for St. Pat's day with shamrocks, stars on July 4, etc.
January 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm
Where are those tiles from in the picture?
Erica MomandKiddo says
January 25, 2015 at 7:13 am
Good question! They are from a Melissa and Doug pattern block toy set.
Chris Daley says
April 29, 2015 at 8:46 pm
The updated URL for the fish tessellation idea is http://artprojectsforkids.org/fish-tessellation/
April 30, 2015 at 5:19 am
Thank you! I have updated the post.
Bohdan Rhodehamel says
June 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm
I stumbled across your site when my wife sent me a link to one of your book lists. Your Math Art tag immediately caught my eye.
You might be interested in our website, informalmathematics.org. Have a look, and keep an eye out as we slowly build up our content. In particular, check out the post on anamorphosis. Your sons will dig the projective geometry and you'll be happy to see them immersed in creating art.
August 04, 2015 at 11:46 am
I love your math ideas. I teach geometry and I am always trying to find unique things to show my students to capture their interest. Hopefully they will learn to love math!
August 05, 2015 at 8:32 am
Thanks so much, Kathy. Math art is definitely my favorite aspect of math!
November 08, 2016 at 6:27 pm
math is my favorite subject to!!!!!!!
August 25, 2015 at 12:32 am
I'm very excited to have found your website. I think doing some math art will encourage my art-resistant 7 year old boy while illustrating various math concepts. What 'math art' books are your go-to titles?
August 25, 2015 at 8:18 am
Hi Nicole. I love the book "Growing Patterns" by Sarah Campbell, for inspiration in nature, and for projects I am currently loving Hands On Math Projects by Andrew King, and MathART Projects by Carolyn Ford Brunetto is another good one.
Sam Hamil says
April 17, 2022 at 11:54 pm
Hi Nicole, here's another great book with lots of math art projects:
I especially like the activities about volume, perpendicular/parallel lines, and angles.
melvin din says
August 19, 2016 at 6:41 am
I have been combining Maths, art and electronics into woodwork projects. I strongly believe in integrated hands on project based learning with some room for inquiry. These examplars ave given me a food for thought and I am heading back to my wood workshop to innovate old projects with some Fibonacci golden ratios.
September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Great Projects.... My small cousin would be very excited. Would be great if u could send me more.
Priyank Pandey says
January 11, 2018 at 7:21 am
Wow! some great ideas for the kids. Will surely share with my subscribers.
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40 Fun Ideas for Middle School Art Projects
By Kristen Yard
Published Feb 20, 2023
Updated Oct 22, 2023
We found the best middle school art projects online! Whether you are an art teacher teaching middle school students or have kids in middle school that you want to introduce to the world of art, today we are sharing tons of fun middle school art projects for you to do with your young artists at home or in the classroom.
Free & Fun Art Projects For Middle Schoolers
Art teachers and artsy parents this blog post is for you! If you are looking for art class ideas for your middle school students, you are in the right place. Art plays an important role since it helps with the development of motor skills, language and social skills, creativity, decision-making… plus, art lessons are known to improve students’ self-esteem and social skills.
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You’ll find a bit of everything in these lesson plans: color theory, art history, elements of art, art class ideas, easy art projects made with tissue paper, oil pastels, acrylic paint, tempera paint, and so many other fun things.
Kids Art Projects We Love
1. start with easy how to draw lessons for kids.
Kids Activities Blog has over 50 different easy drawing lessons for kids that you can print and use at home or in the classroom. Here are a few of our favorites that might give inspiration or you can see them all –> How to Draw for Kids :
- How to draw a dragon
- How to draw a unicorn
- How to draw a frog
- How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog
- How to draw a snowflake
- How to draw a spider web
2. Picasso Inspired Tree Ornaments Kids Can Make
Toddlers, preschoolers, and even elementary aged children will have so much fun making these Picasso inspired clay tree ornaments . Especially if they enjoy getting really creative with their art projects and following famous artists’ steps.
3. Fun Watercolor Resist Art Idea Using Crayons
This Kids Crayon Resist Art using watercolor paints is so cool, and works great for kids of all ages, even toddlers, preschoolers and high school students. It’s a timeless art & craft project for kids that they’ll have fun doing over and over again!
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4. Fun Art Project Activity to Explore Paint Brushes
Want more painting projects for kids? Here’s a kids art idea that is part observation, part exploration and part art project that works for kids of all ages especially those just being introduced to art. This is one of our favorite middle school art lessons to do
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5. Make a Handmade Gratitude Journal with Your Kids this Thanksgiving
We love artworks that double up as useful crafts, such as this gratitude journal . With a gratitude journal, kids can record all the things they are thankful for. The best thing is that it’s so much fun to make and only requires a few basic supplies. This is also the perfect way to start the new school year.
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6. Paper Pumpkin Craft for Kids
We love this paper pumpkin craft because, besides being super cute and simple for kids, it is great practice for fine motor skills – and makes the cutest fall and Halloween decor. They’ll have a great time making them and the result is a beautiful work of art.
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7. Butterfly String Art Patterns Using Coloring Pages
What kid doesn’t love butterfly crafts? Let’s use coloring pages as string art patterns to make a butterfly . This craft is perfect for beginners and even younger kids. Simply download and print the free pattern and get your supplies.
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8. Your Kids Can Create A Paper City And Learn About Architecture
If your kids love to build and are looking for a new challenge, they’re going to love building a paper city ! This art craft combines art and STEM activities so it’s not only fun, but also educational. They won’t even know they are learning.
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9. How to Draw an Alien’s Point of View Perspective Drawing with FREE worksheet
This is a very fun way to learn about linear perspective! Follow the step by step directions, download the free worksheet, and have fun making a drawing of an alien’s point of view perspective. You can also follow the YouTube video – from Make a Mark Studios .
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10. LINE PAINTING FLOWERS
If you are looking for a fun way to create art with watercolor paintings, you’ll love these line painting flowers from Kinder Art . This tutorial will teach middle schoolers to paint like Geoff Slater, using one single line.
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11. How to make a sugar skull mask
Sugar skull masks are a great way to express your creativity! This tutorial from Make a Mark Studios features all you need to know to make your own mask including a video tutorial, a free printable mask template and some completed photo examples to get inspiration from.
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12. How to draw a glowing light bulb with colored pencils
No matter your skill level, this tutorial from Make a Mark is a great way to learn about creating light in art work. You will find all you need to know to create glowing light bulb with colored pencils on black paper including steps to create, a video tutorial, gridded reference image, materials list, key art terms, and finished examples to inspire the process!
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13. Every Single Student Paints One Rock For The Coolest Elementary Art Project, Ever
This colorful schoolwide art project has a powerful message from Scary Mommy combines creativity and literature to create a beautiful piece of art. The goal is to encourage students to be true to themselves. You’ll love that the only supplies needed are rocks and glossy acrylic paint.
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14. My Paper Heart Chain
Art With Mrs. Nguyen shared a fun art craft that is also perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s an art project where everyone can participate regardless of grade and skill level, but older kids such as those in middle school might enjoy it more than little ones.
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15. In The Art Room: A Chalked Ceiling Event
Try this art project from Art Teacherin’ 101 that will be part of a permanent display at your school instead of the typical chalk street art. Kids can use their creativity to make beautiful works of art that will be proudly displayed for years!
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16. Cube Mural Inspired by Street Artist Thank YouX
Let’s make a cube mural together, inspired by street artist Thank YouX! Each student will paint one cube in their own style and the end result will be a collaborative mural that everyone helped created. Take some inspiration from Art Is Basic .
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17. Diwali Rangoli Art From India: Chalk + Colored Sand
Here’s another collaborative art project to do with all of your students. Have you ever seen the decorative floor art called rangoli? In this tutorial from Kid World Citizen , kids will learn about rangoli art from India and then try out this colorful project.
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18. A Painted Branch – Collaborative Art With Kids
You’ll love how easy this art project is to set up. Simply take some branches inside, mixed some tempera paint, get paintbrushes, and let the students have fun painting it. From Art Bar Blog .
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19. Painted Paper Trees Mural
Looking to decorate your classroom or home with an adorable winter project? Painted Paper Art shared 2 projects that are very easy, low cost and make a big impact. For the first one, you’ll need craft paper and oil pastels, while the second one needs thin cardboard sheets and tempera paint.
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20. Colorful plastic bottle caps mosaic
Get some inspiration from this colorful plastic bottle art in Bulgaria, and take it to your classroom. Get all the detailed information and the supplies needed in Krokotak .
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21. In The Art Room: Fourth Grade Pizza Pillows
Looking for a fun sewing project? Try huge pizza pillows and add funny faces, different felt toppings, and anything they can come up with. They will love this craft. From Art Teacherin’ 101 .
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22. How to Make String Art with 100+ Kids
Here at Kids Activities Blog, we love string art – String art is so fun and fairly simple to make. Here’s a tutorial to make string art with many, many kids. From Creating Really Awesome Fun Things .
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23. Tissue Paper Art
If you haven’t tried bleeding tissue paper crafts yet, this tutorial is for you. This craft is also perfect to do with many students, and you only need basic art supplies (bleeding tissue paper, a white canvas, scissors, etc). From Creating Really Awesome Fun Things .
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24. A Simple & Unique Painting Technique Your Teen Will Love
Make a lovely handmade card with a simple and unique painting technique with paint made with the juice from frozen blueberries – Yes, it’s true! From Education Possible .
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25. Easy How to Draw Baby Yoda Tutorial and Baby Yoda Coloring Page
Every teen and kid we know is basically obsessed with Baby Yoda – that’s why we’re sharing an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw Baby Yoda and a Baby Yoda Coloring Page. An easy tutorial will show you how to draw all his cute features. From Art Projects For Kids .
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26. Easy How to Draw a Laurel Burch Cat Tutorial and Laurel Burch Cat Coloring Page
Laurel Burch has inspired many people across the globe. Today we are learning how to draw a Laurel Burch cat- You can fill it with all kinds of fun patterns and colors, just like Laurel Burch did. From Art Projects For Kids .
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27. How to Draw a Cake
This option shows how students can make a rainbow cake, by dividing the inside into seven layers, but it would be fun making more filling patterns inside too. Maybe a fantasy cake with all their favorite fillings? From Art Projects For Kids .
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28. American Flag Op Art Drawing Tutorial for Beginners
Let’s look at how to make an American flag opticalillusion drawing. This makes them the perfect drawings for beginners of all ages. They are fun to make and drawing anything should be fun. From Art By Ro .
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29. Rose Art Watercolor Painting Project
Here’s a fun and easy watercolor rose painting idea for kids, teens, and adults. Learn how to paint a rose with watercolors and black paint to create gorgeous faux stained glass art! From Rhythms of Play .
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30. Rainbow Shaded Silhouettes
Let’s create rainbow-shaded silhouette paintings on this two-day art project. You’ll need one day to paint, and the second day to cut and assemble the pictures. Grab your acrylic paints, a sheet of paper, and paint brushes. Let’s get out of our comfort zone! From Highhill Homeschool .
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31. Cactus Acrylic Painting Lesson
Try out this simple cactus acrylic painting lesson! It focuses on blending colors directly on the surface and painting a simple object from direct observation. It only takes 3 steps to make. From That Art Teacher .
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32. Easy Art Projects: Art At The Beach
Bring the beach to your house! To make this fun art project you’ll need chalk pastels, paper, and wipes. That’s it! Enjoy your chalk art. From Education Possible .
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33. Process Art Scrape Painting With Bunny Silhouettes
Angela from Projects with Kids shared this super fun art scrape painting. She took scrape painting process art and turned it into a super fun (and messy!) bunny art project that is perfect for spring or Easter.
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34. Rainbow Shamrock Salt Painting Art Project
Kids will love making this rainbow shamrock salt painting art project idea for Saint Patrick’s Day at home or in the classroom. They can draw their own Shamrock or use the free printable from Rhythms of Play .
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35. Earth Melted Crayon Rocks Craft
Here’s another exciting art method for kids and teens. Let’s make Earth melted crayon rocks – they’re a great craft for Earth Day or any other day of the year that you’re celebrating Mother Earth. From Left Brain Craft Brain .
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36. Blind Contour Drawings With Kids
Blind contour drawings are the most fun you can have drawing with another person. The rule is that you can’t look down at your paper and you can’t lift your pen. The result? Super fun and unique abstract portraits or even self portraits. Give it a try and then color them with watercolor paints! From Art Bar .
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37. Egg Carton Flowers
If you have egg cartons left over from your Easter activities, then why not make some fun Spring themed crafts with them? In this tutorial from I Heart Arts n Crafts , we’ll learn how to make egg carton flowers.
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38. Recycled Plastic Flowers Art and Science Project
Here’s a beautiful science project! Through the magical chemistry of polymers, you can turn recycled plastic into a beautiful flower garden or bouquet. So save your plastic cups and plates and make some pretty flowers. From Left Brain Craft Brain .
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39. Geometric Art With Circles
Combining math with art can be so much fun! Teach Beside Me shared a way to combine geometric math art with circles. Let’s make flowers using math! You’ll need lots of colorful markers, a pencil and eraser, a compass and graph paper.
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40. Metal Art STEAM Project – Science + Metal = Art!
For this STEAM project, we’ll be combining science, metal, and art together. There’s a lot to learn from it and the end result is also very unique and beautiful. Get ready to make some steel art! From Steam Powered Family .
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12 Best Middle School Mathematics Projects To Try Today
Math may not be the most exciting school subject. Yet, it is nonetheless essential. Luckily, you can make mathematics a more enjoyable subject by adding school projects to your timetable.
If you are looking for fun middle school mathematics projects, here are some incredible ideas that are bound to fill you with inspiration!
1. Fractions Working Model
This school project is great for helping middle schoolers to better understand fractions. This working model shows how a circle can be divided according to different fractions.
For instance, the circle is divided into three different sections of equal size, allowing students to understand what ⅓ means.
One of the benefits of this project is that you can use whatever fractions you want.
Therefore, you can personalize the working model to focus on fractions that your middle school students have been struggling to understand.
Not to mention, the bright colors are sure to appeal to pupils.
2. Math Expert
With this cardboard math expert, you can put the knowledge of your middle school students to the test. Using the dials, you can create different sums based on addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division.
Using the dials following the equal sign, students can then answer these math questions. This enables you to customize the sums to suit the skill level of your middle school students.
More advanced students can focus on harder sums while struggling students can be given simpler ones.
An additional advantage of this math expert school project is that it is primarily made from cardboard, which means that it is cheap to construct.
3. Castle Creation: Surface Area
This school project may look a little complex, but it’s worth the effort. This vibrant castle looks amazing and will likely be loved by your students.
This may look more like an art project, but you can give this project a mathematical angle by asking students to calculate the surface area and volume.
Students will not only have to construct the castle, but they will also have to work out these important sums.
Be sure to use bright colors to make this castle appeal to middle school students.
It’s worth noting that surface area and volume are quite complex sums for middle school students, so you may need to help them through the project.
4. Types Of Angles
Middle school students can begin to learn about more advanced forms of mathematics, including angles. With the aid of this math project, it is easier than ever before to cultivate a thorough understanding of angles.
With the help of this moving protractor, students can identify acute, obtuse, reflect, and right angles. Specifically, there are diagrams and text relating to the different types of angles.
This diagram is bursting with information, making it highly educational. However, the moving protractor gives it an interactive element that students will appreciate.
5. Shapes Project
If you are looking for a fun shape-based project, this example is tons of fun. The 3D diagram contains the names of different shapes, allowing your students to better identify them.
This is a terrific tool for teaching students about the number of sides that different shapes have.
It’s worth bearing in mind that this is a rather basic project. By middle school, most students will already have a decent understanding of different shapes.
Nonetheless, this project can support other mathematical lessons, such as helping students to understand angles in different shapes.
6. Times Table Project
Perfect for students who are struggling with multiplication, this project is aimed to help students learn their multiplication tables.
This project uses the template of a paper fortune teller to test a student’s understanding of different times tables. Be sure to customize this project by adding whatever time stables are best suited to your students.
One of the benefits of this school project is that it is super straightforward. To make this project, all you will need is a sheet of paper, a pen, and some artistic skills.
7. Percentage, Decimal, And Fraction Puzzle
Next, this easy-to-make puzzle is great for teaching students about percentages, decimals, and fractions.
Specifically, it will help students to learn about the relationship between these mathematical concepts.
For this project, students will have to link the pieces that go together. The corresponding decimals, percentages, and fractions pair together.
Students can have fun putting these vibrantly-colored pieces together to complete the puzzle.
8. Math Model
By taking inspiration from this school project, you can make an interactive and fun-looking math model.
The model has been made to look like a monster thanks to the addition of an eye and tongue, which gives it a rather menacing aesthetic.
Students will adore building this monster math model. It has a super fun aesthetic that kids will love, especially thanks to the use of bright colors and the aforementioned monster design.
By twisting the dials, students can make a variety of multiplication sums. This will help your middle school students to hone their multiplication skills.
9. Multiplication Wheels
This multiplication wheel not only works well as a worksheet for class but can also be transformed into a sensational project.
Thanks to the use of rainbow colors, this multiplication wheel is incredibly aesthetically pleasing. This is a fun way of encouraging kids to enhance their multiplication skills.
To fill in this wheel, all students have to do is fill in the sheet by working out the sums. In the center of the wheel is a number.
In a circle, this central number is surrounded by other numbers. In the blank spaces of the outer ring, students can write the sum of the two numbers multiplied.
Consequently, this multiplication wheel can build the confidence of a student in helping them to recite the multiplication tables.
Students can take inspiration from the multiplication wheel and transform it into a phenomenal school project.
10. Division Flower
This fantastic division flower has been designed to be a learning aid for students so that they can sharpen their division skills.
By lifting the petals of the flower, students can find the answers to the division-based sums.
This cute design is bound to charm middle school students. Kids will enjoy making this pretty flower. They can color it with whatever colors they want.
When making this project, students can customize it based on their own needs. They can focus on whatever division-based sums they struggle with most.
For instance, if a student struggles with their 8 times tables, they can construct a division flower based on these sums.
11. Angle Project
Perfect for students who are attempting to learn more about angles, this school project is a diagram that depicts different angles. This includes acute, right, obtuse, straight, and reflex angles.
This school project is quite basic, meaning that it is excellent for students who are looking for something quick and easy.
To make this project more appealing, it has been constructed with vibrantly-colored paper.
It is also filled with information. The project not only includes the different names of the angles and diagrams, but it also mentions how many degrees these angles are.
As a consequence, this school project can significantly enhance a student’s understanding of angles.
12. May I Take Your Order?
Last but not least, this vibrant school project is ideal for a math fair. Designed to look like an appealing fast food restaurant, this project has been cleverly named “Mathdonalds”.
Using this guise, middle school students can roleplay working in a restaurant. One student can pretend to buy a meal while the other student has to calculate how much the customer has to pay.
As a result, the mathematical skills of these students can be boosted.
This is not only a fun school project, but it can also teach students about real-world applications of math. The project may take a long time to make, though it will be worth the effort once it has been completed.
The “Mathdonalds” stall looks incredibly fun and appealing! If you have an upcoming math fair, it is worth making this charming project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Math may not be an exciting subject for middle school pupils, but there are steps that you can take to make this a more interesting class. For instance, you should try adding games and technology to support your learning. You should also focus on real-world applications of math to make this subject more relevant.
By middle school, students should have a solid understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Fractions, geometry, percentages, angles, measurements, and decimals should now be incorporated into the understanding of math. Of course, the exact learning routine will depend on the capabilities of the students.
School projects are a wonderful way of getting students actively involved in the learning experience.
Eleven subjects that have developed a reputation for being quite dull, such as mathematics, can be made more exciting thanks to the addition of school projects.
So why not add these math-themed school projects to your classroom?
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47 Inspiring Art Activities For Middle School Students
October 19, 2023 // by Eisha Mohsin
There’s nothing quite like creative art projects to break the monotonous routine of middle school students. Contrary to popular opinion, artistic ability is not an innate skill, but rather something that can be honed and developed with practice but finding art projects that are engaging and immersive can be tricky. Look no further- we’ve gathered a list of 47 art projects for middle school that your kiddos will love. Which one will you get them started on first?
1. 3D Snowflakes
This craft project is bound to be a big hit with your kiddos, especially around wintertime. All you’ll need is a few sheets of paper, ideally in varying shades of blue. Print out the snowflake template from the link above, and have them cut and stack the snowflakes onto each other for a 3D effect. Optional: decorate with glitter!
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2. Line Practice
No art lesson is complete without line practice . Have your kiddies dedicate an entire lesson to just lines since this will come in handy when they’re sketching. If they need inspiration, you can us print out this handy and ask them to copy the patterns to the best of their ability.
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3. Thumbprint Art
This is a fun and versatile idea that can be tailored to suit any age group. All you’ll need is a piece of paper and some basic supplies like paints and markers. Your kiddos will love how hands-on this activity is! They get to paint with their own thumbs and be as creative as they want to with the art that they create- what’s not to love?
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4. Collaborative Mural
This art project idea involves giving your students large pieces of paper and acrylic paints in a vast array of colors. Divide the class into groups and let them work on this project over the course of a few lessons. Give each group full creative freedom regarding their section of the wall and watch them create a unique mural.
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This is an amazing activity to try with older middle schoolers. If there’s one thing most famous artists have in common, it’s that they all painted self-portraits! Examine a few famous self-portraits with your kiddos and discuss what they give away about the artist. Now, ask them to create their own self-portrait and reflect on what it reveals about them.
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6. Faux Stained Glass Painting
This activity requires a slightly higher skill level than the rest but is still kid-friendly. Get a dollar store picture frame and put a printed outline of choice inside the frame to use as a template. Have your little artists paint the glass with a mix of paint and glue, then once dry, finish the piece by outlining shapes with a black permanent marker for a gorgeous stained glass effect!
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7. Chalk Art Projects
Create a fun game out of this idea which only requires colored chalk. Take your kiddies out to a paved surface where they can easily draw with chalk. Give them prompts to draw, for example, their favorite food, flower, or article of clothing within a set time. Let their creativity flow!
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8. Grid Drawing
Get your kiddos on the grid! Teach them how to perfect more complicated art projects by drawing onto a grid. Encourage them to take the piece one square at a time, and this will help them to balance proportions in their artwork. You can make the grids bigger or smaller depending on what level of detail you’d like them to achieve.
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9. Geometric Shape Drawing
This colorful project challenges your kids to draw and paint an animal, only using geometric shapes. Although this may initially seem challenging, there are several animal forms that can be artistically replicated using shapes only! What animals will they come up with?
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10. Halloween Pebble Paperweights
This is a super fun art project to do around Halloween time. Have your kiddos collect a pebble from outside, then paint their favorite Halloween character onto it. The best few pieces can be displayed around the class during Halloween week for an extra spooky feel.
11. Fibonacci Circles
This is an art and math lesson all rolled together in one! Have your learners draw and cut out circles with diameters that correspond to the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence, then let them each arrange them into a colorful piece of art! Marvel at the different layouts and combinations that they come up with!
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12. Sculpture Art
This cool project involves taking a rather complex art form and making it simple and accessible to middle schoolers. Instead of using cement, have your kiddies use packaging tape to create a 3D sculpture of a person. You’ll be surprised to see how realistic the final result is!
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13. Bubble Wrap Art
Repurpose any bubble wrap you have lying around for your kiddos to create a beautiful painting. Take some black paper and a few neon-colored paints. Start by cutting the bubble wrap in circles, then paint the bubble wrap with neon-colored paints. Before the paint dries have them imprint it on a sheet of paper and add details to create these interesting pieces of artwork.
14. Thumbprint Biography
A project that’s truly as unique as your kids are! Use the photocopier to blow up each of your kiddies’ fingerprints then use the printed result as a template for them to write their biography on. Encourage them to make it as colorful as possible. It’ll be a little labor-intensive, but the results are well worth the effort!
Learn More: Julie Ballew
15. Create a Comic Strip
Does your class love comic books ? Get them to practice their storytelling skills and display their artistic prowess at the same time by downloading a comic strip stencil like this one. Challenge them to come up with a short but effective comic strip that links to your class topic, or give them free rein to create a story of their own. The possibilities are endless!
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Use up your scrap paper for this next project. Start by cutting up any spare pieces of craft paper you have into different-sized and shaped pieces. Then, let your kiddos use these pieces to create their own masterpieces! These pieces will look great displayed on the walls of your classroom.
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17. Metal Foil Art
Explore texture with this next idea. Have your students create this stunning effect by drawing their design onto some metal foil with an embossing pen. Flip the foil over then use paints or markers to add color. The raised, metallic effect is the perfect way to create a spooky atmosphere in this winter-themed craft!
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18. Easter Egg Painting
Get egg-cited for this Easter craft! Grab a bunch of eggs and go through the process of dyeing them in pastel colors with your class. Once they’re dry, have each kiddie decorate one each! Add even more fun by awarding a prize for the best decorated egg or you could even consider hosting a classroom-wide easter egg hunt once everybody is done!
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19. Origami Art Installation
Origami is like magic – just when you think a piece of paper is all folded up, it unfolds into something incredible! Let your kiddos relax with the calming art of origami and together your class can create an amazing art installation. Show them how to create the pieces you need then let them have a go. The end result will be an impressive display!
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20. Resin Art
Resin art is all the rage at the moment! From creating bookmarks to art pieces to coasters- the options are endless. Have your kiddies forage for some leaves and flowers to use in their art then help them mix and pour the resin. The best part is that if done right, the final product looks absolutely mesmerizing and makes for a great handmade gift for them to take home as well!
Learn More: Art in Context
21. Dream Catcher Creation
Dive into the mystical by guiding your kids to create their own dream catchers . You can discuss the Native American origins and the cultural significance, then provide hoops, threads, beads, and feathers for a hands-on exploration of art and history.
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22. Nature Scavenger Hunt Art
This one’s for the nature lovers! Organize a nature scavenger hunt where your kiddos can gather leaves, twigs, flowers, and more natural materials. Post-hunt, they can use these materials to create unique nature-inspired art pieces. What a super creative way to foster an appreciation for nature and the outdoors!
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23. Art from Recyclables
Reduce, reuse, create! Spark creativity and environmental awareness by encouraging your learners to create art from recycled materials. Give them a variety of recyclables like cardboard, plastic bottles, and old newspapers, then watch as they transform trash into treasure.
Learn More: Clean River
24. Puppetry Arts
Combine drama and art with this fun idea! Introduce your kiddos to puppet-making, and have them create their very own characters. Once they’re happy with their puppets, get them into groups and have them script and perform short puppet shows for the rest of the class. This is the perfect way to foster storytelling skills alongside crafting abilities.
25. Clay Sculpting
Clay sculpting is the art of making something out of almost nothing – all it takes is a bit of imagination and a lot of squishing! Give your little sculptors clay to create various objects, animals, or figures. This tactile activity encourages creativity and can be a calming sensory experience for them.
Learn More: Craft in America
26. Wearable Art
Inspire your kiddies to make some art that they can actually wear! Let them design and create their very own jewelry with this paper mache bracelet craft. This hands-on project is a fantastic avenue for self-expression and exploring the fusion of functionality and aesthetics in art. By the end of the day, you’ll have a bunch of totally unique designs for them to wear home!
27. Historical Art Re-creation
From Monet to Picasso, the history of art is varied and full of inspiration! Choose a period in art history to study with your kiddos and teach them about its characteristics. Next, let them get hands-on and recreate or reimagine artworks in that style. They’ll love this engaging way to combine art practice with historical learning!
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28. Photography Challenge
Say cheese! Equip your kiddos with cameras or iPads, and set them on a photography challenge around school grounds! You can assign themes or subjects to capture, and encourage them to gain a new perspective and appreciation for their everyday surroundings.
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29. Mixed Media Collage
Let chaos and creativity collide in a beautiful, artsy explosion! Give your kids the chance to explore mixed media by creating fantastic collages. Provide an assortment of different materials – fabric, magazine clippings, paints, markers, and more, and let their imaginations run wild. You can make this activity more challenging for middle schoolers by giving them a specific theme!
Learn More: The Artful Parent
30. Artistic Story Stones
Challenge your kiddos with this creative storytelling craft! Let them paint or draw on stones to create story stones, where each stone represents a different item, character, or emotion in the story. You can follow this activity up nicely with a creative writing lesson where they can then use their story stones to craft and share their imaginative narrative!
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31. Wind Chime Crafting
Get creative with a range of different materials with this idea. Guide your kiddies to craft their own wind chimes using materials like clay, metal, or wood to explore the different materials and discover varied sounds and musical notes they make! Once they’re finished, why not hang your wind chimes in an outdoor learning space so they can be enjoyed by the whole school?
32. Found Object Sculptures
Wacky meets wonderful in this found object sculpture craft! Challenge your little artists to create sculptures from some cardboard and random objects like bottle tops, cutlery, pieces of plastic – anything they find lying around! You’re not just teaching art, you’re teaching them to see the potential and beauty in everyday items.
Learn More: The Art Teacher
33. Shadow Art
This idea explores the playful side of light and shadow. Give your kiddos some cardboard and colored cellophane and see how creative they can be! Guide them to sketch, then cut out their design, before gluing the colored pieces of cellophane down. All that’s left is to wait for the sun to come out and head outside!
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34. Kinetic Sand Art
Who doesn’t love kinetic sand? Give your kids some kinetic sand and let them shape and mold to create magnificent structures or crazy landscapes. Your class will love this calming sensory activity that fosters creativity and encourages them to experiment!
35. Mind Maps Art
Blend visual art with brainstorming by creating colorful mind maps. This is a super way to introduce a new topic or subject to your learners, or it could map out a project. Logical thinking meets creative expression!
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36. Poetry Illustration
Bring visualizations to life! Have your kiddos select their favorite poem and get them to create an illustration or artwork inspired by it. This activity fuses literary and visual arts, enriching your class’ understanding of both.
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37. Mask Making
What’s behind the mask? Exploring cultural or theatrical masks can be both educational and creative! Let your kiddies design and craft masks of their own using paper, cardboard, feathers, and more, to reflect different cultural, historical, or imaginative themes. You’ll be amazed at what they come up with!
38. Watercolor Exploration
Watercolors teach the art of going with the flow, one delicate stroke at a time! Set your kids up with some watercolor paints and let them have fun exploring this unique medium. Through experimenting with different techniques, they learn about color blending and layering to create a range of different effects.
Learn More: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
39. Mindful Doodling
Why not practice some mindfulness with your kiddos? Encourage mindful doodling or Zentangle art to promote relaxation and creativity. Give them some markers and a blank page and let them doodle as their minds wander. This meditative activity is the perfect way to boost focus and artistic expression while keeping your classroom calm.
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40. DIY Musical Instruments
This idea is a super way to repurpose and recycle items like old coffee cans or plastic bottles. Crafting simple musical instruments from these everyday materials not only teaches your kiddies about music and sound but also opens doors for a homemade orchestra and creative musical exploration. Let’s make some noise!
Learn More: Music In Our Homeschool
41. Urban Sketching Adventure
Take art outside! Lead your kiddos on an urban sketching adventure around the school or local area, encouraging them to sketch scenes or objects they find interesting, honing observation and drawing skills. They’ll gain a whole new appreciation for their local area and improve their artistic skills in the process!
42. Silk Painting
Explore the unique medium of silk painting. Using specialized silk paint, your little artists can create beautiful, vibrant artwork on silk fabric. This project gives them a chance to try out this amazing traditional art form and requires them to have patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand! The end results will be beautiful!
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43. Community Art Project
Make art a community endeavor! Engage your kids in a community art project, like painting a mural in the school or crafting art for a local nursing home. It’s a wonderful way to instill a sense of community and the positive impact of art. What a super way to bring everyone together!
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44. Yarn Bombing School
Weave some fun around your school with this craft project! Introduce your kiddos to the wacky world of yarn bombing by decorating a part of the school with colorful knitted, or crocheted yarn! It’s a cozy way to explore public art and crafting.
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45. Zen Garden Creation
In the chaos of school, a zen garden could be a welcome moment of calm! Guide your students to create miniature Zen gardens, discussing the principles of Zen and the calming nature of raking sand and arranging the stones. It’s a peaceful activity that also introduces cultural appreciation to your class.
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46. Performance Art Exploration
Drama meets art in this next idea! Challenge your kiddos to create and perform short performance art pieces. Encourage them to use their bodies as part of their art as they learn about how this modern art form pushes boundaries. With no limit on creativity, the results are sure to be out of this world!
47. Animation Basics
Action! Introduce your learners to basic animation techniques through a stop-motion animation project. Have them create their own short animations, using modeling clay, paper pieces, or even LEGOS to learn about and have a go at this exciting and modern art form. They’ll love creating their animations and playing them back to the rest of the class!