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Mixed Media Hearts

My little artists, ages 7 and 8, created these adorable beautiful hearts using various art materials. Before creating we read the poem Queen of Hearts for a little inspiration.

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 piece of 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 another piece of construction paper and started painting with tempera paint using simple designs on top and around the heart.

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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!  

A full directed drawing lesson of how to create this adorable heart project, in addition to the King and Queen of Hearts lesson, is available in the shop at

Painted Paper Art

These lessons are great for ages 5-8 but any age student can create awesome artwork with these directions.

The PDF includes:
Step by step directions with full-color photos
Background information about the King and Queen of Hearts
Queen of Hearts poem
Supplies needed for both projects
Vocabulary & learning objectives for both projects
Reproducible Queen of Hearts directed drawing handout
Reproducible King of Hearts directed drawing handout
Reproducible King and Queen coloring sheet handouts for early finishers
Student galleries
Helpful tips
I Can statements
National Standards
Reproducible Artist Statement page

  Keep on creating!

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