Our classroom is always full of bright and colorful art work! I love to see how proud students are to see their work displayed, and how they pull their parents into the class to see what they completed today.
I’ve been teaching for over 20 years, and quite often loop with students for more than one year, so I am always having to come up with NEW projects so as not to repeat them with the same students. But I am not complaining, because art is my favorite thing to do in class!
However, I also have a limited supply budget, so not only do projects have to be simple enough for little hands, but they also have to be doable with very few art supplies.
My old system was to dig around in my filing cabinet for the old examples of art projects we’d done the year before. Most times the examples were in bad shape, and sometimes I couldn’t find the templates or remember all the supplies.
So to solve that problem, I started taking step-by-step photos of each art piece, and store them all digitally. The added benefit of this was that I could actually project the photos and students could figure out how to make the project themselves! This turned art into a thinking and problem solving exercise in addition to personal art expression. Perfect! I can also print the instructions and make an art center that is completely independent and a HUGE favorite in class! These are perfect for early finishers, too.
Step-By-Step Art Collections
I’ve organized 8 different art project by month in these collections:
Click on any images to see the packs individually, or see them bundled together at the bottom.
This set has projects for fall and back to school. Many of these can actually be used all year long!
This set focuses on Halloween. Black cats, mummies, spider webs and black cats – plus four more not shown here. These are low prep and make great displays.
This set focuses on Thanksgiving, turkeys and pilgrims. There are some fun new techniques that make students feel excited about art!
This set focuses on Christmas and Winter celebrations around the world. This December set includes a BONUS huge “Christmas Around The World” set of printables to study different countries!
Grab them all together and you are set for months! Even if you do art once a week, you’ll have many left over projects to choose from each month.
Bundle 2 – January to April – coming very soon!
If you are looking for other art project collections with step-by-step photos and lots of student examples, you can read about them HERE.