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Queen of Hearts Portraits


Hey guys! Did you know the Art room is a great place to incorporate math and literacy? Here are 2 projects that my students created that connect Art and literacy and are inspired by the nursery rhyme The Queen of Hearts.

First project:
The Queen and King of Heart Portraits
These directed drawing portraits were so fun and simple to create. There were a ton of giggles and grins from students. 🙂 Boys loved creating the Kings and especially loved adding the mustaches to their Kings!
Second project:
Symmetrical Pattern Hearts


My second graders created these adorable symmetrical hearts. Before creating we read the poem Queen of Hearts.

The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts all on a summer’s day;
  The Knave of Hearts he stole the tarts and took them clean away.
The King of Hearts called for the tarts and scolded the Knave full sore
The Knave of Hearts brought back the tarts and vowed he’d steal no more.
Art Activity:
1. Students folded a 6″ x 6″ paper in half then drew half a heart. Some students had a hard time with the shape so I performed open heart surgery on them! 🙂

2. Students then glued down the heart in the center of a 12″ x 12″ piece of construction paper and started painting with tempera paint using simple designs on top and around the heart.


How fun are stripes and polka dots! 
Imagine any type of pattern. 
Just make sure they paint on both sides of their paper for a symmetrical look.
Let projects dry.
Students used oil pastels and drew more designs around the heart. The sensory experience of using oil pastels and feeling the pastel glide across the paper is something a student never forgets!
 Put your hearts together and show some 
L O V E !!!!!
Full directed drawing lesson in a PDF format with handouts and detailed directions is available at the shop
The Digital PDF includes:
Step by Step full-color photo directed lessons
Background information about Queen of Hearts
Supplies needed for projects
Reproducible Queen of Hearts directed drawing handout
Reproducible King of Hearts directed drawing handout
King and Queen Handouts for inspiration 
Student galleries
Helpful tips

Keep on creating!



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  • Reply
    Alison Lewis
    February 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I just have to say I love your Blog! Your lessons are amazing and my kiddos loved your projects! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Jon Temple
    January 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

    These are funtastic ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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