Looking for heart-themed art lesson ideas? Forget those pre-stick foam piece craft projects where every artwork looks the same; these art projects about hearts are a lot more creative. Further, these lesson ideas can be adapted toward any age or grade level. Whether you’re looking for Jim Dine-inspired artwork, a Valentine’s or Mother’s Day project, or simply a heart-themed lesson (just because), here are 20 creative art projects about hearts:
Heart mosaics – Students draw hearts on black paper, then fill their hearts with small colored paper squares, leaving gaps between pieces. Or if you have the materials, make genuine heart-themed mosaic designs with tiles and grout.
Watercolor resist hearts – Students draw hearts on white paper with oil pastels, then paint their papers in watercolors; the oil will resist the paint.
Heart relief sculptures – Use any sculpture materials (hardware, wood, odds and ends, clay) to construct hearts and mount onto a flat surface for hanging. Consider painting the sculptures in metallic, and faux-aging them.
Polymer heart jewelry – Students sculpt and bake heart-shaped beads, then create custom necklaces, earrings, or bracelets with their beads.
Abstract painted hearts – Like artist Jim Dine, students paint an abstract heart in unique ways, allowing paint to spatter and drip across their paper or canvas.
Andy Warhol hearts – Splitting their paper into four quarters, students draw the same heart subject in each quarter. Each section of the artwork is then colored differently to replicate Andy Warhol’s style.
Collage hearts – Working independently or as a class, the students work to fill in one or many hearts with painted, scrapbook, or patterned papers according to a color theme.
Digital heart project – Using Photoshop, students design a heart theme, adding filters, effects, textures and multiple layers, to create a modern digital heart-themed artwork.
Scratch art heart – Students practice hatching and cross-hatching techniques by drawing one or many hearts on scratch paper, then using shading techniques to make them appear three-dimensional.
Screen-printed hearts – After learning the basics of screen-printing, students can create a custom heart t-shirt, tote bag, or other item.
Printed cards – As possible Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day cards, students can carve simple Styrofoam, Soft-kut, or Balsa Foam to create heart-themed printing blocks. When inked and printed, each student will have their own card collection.
Zentangle hearts – Have students draw a large heart shape on white paper, then use markers to fill it with zentangle-inspired patterns and intricate designs.
Yarn paintings – A good art project for elementary or middle school, kids create a heart-themed yarn painting by sketching their heart design onto cardboard, painting on a layer of glue, then spiraling yarn colors to fill each space.
Clay heart plaques – Students roll a clay slab, cut a heart, then add texture, writing, and patterns to their clay. Poke two holes near the top before drying, firing and glazing, then attach wire to hold the plaque.
Heart quilt squares – Using felt or fabric scraps, students cut and attach heart pieces to their fabric backing using glue or simple sewing techniques.
Typography heart – On drawing paper, students lightly sketch a heart shape. In various marker colors, students then outline and fill in their hearts with love-themed words in different text styles.
Art journal – Students create free-form heart designs on top of recycled book pages, stamping, painting or drawing hearts, and adding writing.
Kandinsky concentric hearts – Students begin painting a heart in one color, then outline in another color, another, and another, until they reach the ends of their paper, for this Kandinsky-inspired art project.
Heart brooch – Using polymer clay, lace, felt, beads, rhinestones and other items, students sculpt a heart-shaped brooch, then attach a pin backing to allow it to be worn.
Found heart photography – Send older students out to locate “found hearts” in the environment, photograph them, then print them as a black and white series.
Have any other good ideas for creative art projects about hearts? Leave your heart-themed lesson ideas in the comments below.
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