Environment: Pollution Cause And Effect

In this activity we will learn how to make a book that illustrates the cause and effects of pollution on our environment. This lesson will teach students how to communicate their message using sequential art techniques like those found in story books, comic books and film story boards.  


  1. What are some causes pollution in our environment? 
  2. What are the harmful effects of those pollutants?
  3. Can you think of any examples? 


What you do

  1.  Students will fold a sheet of A3 paper into 1/8 and cut the centre to make a foldable book.
  2. They will sketch a rough outline of their story onto each page while leaving space for the text.
  3. Next they will refine and illustrate their stories with pencil.
  4. Once the students are satisfied with their story and drawings, they will colour them.
  5. Next they will choose a sheet of coloured paper and fold the paper into the same book format.
  6. Last, they will cut out each page of their book illustrations and paste them onto the into the pages of the coloured book.  
  7. After the students have completed their books, they will narrate their stories on video.

Get a large sheet of paper and fold it into a 8 page book formatte. 

Illustrate a book that clearly illustrates the cause and effect of polution on our enviornment.

Name the comic the Pollution cause and Effect. 



In this lesson students will learn how to write and illustrate a storybook. It can a fictional story or a journal about their week. This is a simple activity meant to get children familiar with process of making a storybook. They will also make a short video narration of their story.  

What you need

  • markers
  • pens
  • paper
  • pencils
  • glue
  • constuction paper

Line Drawing - Organic Subjects

Line is the most basic element in art. Line can indicate the shape, mass and form of an object. Line can also reveal an artist’s character in a similar way that handwriting does.

In this lesson we will learn to selectively vary line weight to indicate the shape, mass and form of a subject in our drawing. We will use organic subjects such as plants, rocks, flowers and other naturally occurring objects. This exercise requires you to look intently at your subject and draw it's outer contours, convincingly. The key is to make your lines look natural by not trying to control it too much. 

What you need

  • 4B Pencil & Eraser
  • A3 White Paper
  • Drawing Easel 
  • Organic Subject Matter

What you do

  1. First choose a subject and consider the composition and placement of it in your drawing. 
  2. Lightly draw you subject matter with a 4B pencil. Look intently at your subject matter and draw the outer contours of it. Try to capture all the subtle details and do not worry too much about it's accuracy.
  3. Now go over your light pencil lines again while varying the line weight.
  4. Vary the width and tone of your line by changing the pressure of your pencil. Lighter and thicker lines will indicate a farther distance and parts that are getting exposed to more light. Darker and thicker lines are drawn on the sides of where shadows are cast and will indicate a nearer distance.  
  5. The key is to make your lines look natural. Loosen the grip on your pencil so that your lines don't look stiff.
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Drawing an Animal on Coloured Paper

In this lesson we will draw animals on coloured paper. This exercise requires you to draw shadows with a dark drawing medium and make highlights with a light one. Adding white has an effect of making your drawings appear as if it were popping off of the paper. Choosing a suitable colour paper for you subject can enhance the mood of your drawing.



Coloured paper

4B Pencil and Eraser

black and white pencil crayons

black markers

White Paint and Brush

Reference picture

"Colour" can express and communicate many different things: emotion, danger, environment, seasons, personality, temperature and mood. Thought and care should  be put in selecting the right colours for your artwork.  

What you do

  1. Choose an animal you want to draw and a paper colour that best suits your animal. The colour you select should enhance the mood of your subject matter.
  2. Lightly sketch your animal onto your coloured paper with a pencil.  
  3. Add blacks to your drawing with black pencil crayon or markers.  
  4. Add highlights with a white pencil.
  5. Put the finishing touches on your drawing with white paint. 

Drawing a Crocodile on Coloured Paper by Richard Lee

Drawing Cities in Perspective

In this lesson, we will draw cities in perspective. This involves drawing streets, buildings and other architectural elements. We will be using a one-point and two-point perspective drawing system to create our cityscapes. 

What you need

  • paper
  • pencil
  • eraser

What you do

  1. Horizon Line Draw a horizon line across the page and mark a vanishing point. 

  2. Streets Draw a street, converging towards the horizon line. The street will indicate where the buildings are going to be.  

  3. Building Frame Outline buildings frames along the street. Use the vanishing point as a guide when sketching buildings. Not all buildings are a like, feel free design your own. 

  4. Windows, Cars, People Now mark the vertical distance of the windows on your building. Extend the marks towards the vanishing point. Add other elements such as cars, people and other architectural components. 

  5. City Infrastructure Indicate government buildings such as: schools, police stations, fire stations, post offices, libraries and hospitals. Businesses like: pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, stationary stores, coffeeshops. Infrastructure: rivers, bridges, traffic lights, road lamps, etc.   

Perspective Terminology

  • vanishing point - VP 
  • horizon line - eye level
  • guideline
  • vertical line and horizontal line
City drawings in one-point and two-point perspective.

City drawings in one-point and two-point perspective.

Wash Painting - Skies

In this lesson, we paint skies using a wash painting technique. This exercise teaches you how to create the illusion of depth and distance by painting a sky and silhouetted landscape. 

What you need

  • gouache paint
  • Paint brushes, bucket, and water
  • Painting board


Wash Painting.jpg

Step 1 - Sky Gradient

  1. Think about the different colours you've seen the sky turn into.  What mood do each of the colours express? 
  2. Lightly wet your paper with a brush and water. 
  3. Select a single colour for your sky and paint a sky gradient with the most concentrated colour at the top, fading it down into white at the bottom. *Make sure your painting board is on a 30-degree angle so that the paint travels down the paper. 
  4. Paint another wash sky gradient, this time fading it into another colour. ie. Purple into orange or red into blue. 
  5. Make up to 4 wash paintings.  


Step 2 - Landscapes Silhouette

  1. Think about some different themes you can paint.  Some examples you can use include: forests, cities, jungles, deserts, mountains, halloween, birds, spring, summer, fall winter, wildlife or dinosaurs. 
  2. Once your sky paintings have dried, paint a landscape with black paint using one of the themes.
  3. Paint all 4 of your sky gradients, using a different theme for each painting. 

Halloween: Designing and Constructing a Mask

In this lesson, we will design and construct our own Halloween masks. Masks are surprisingly difficult to make. This activity will stretch your problem solving capabilities. Get ready for a fun and rewarding challenge!

What you need

  • sketchbook, pencil, eraser
  • construction paper
  • markers, crayons
  • scissors, knife
  • glue gun, glue stick
  • cutting mat

What you do

  1. First, decide on what kind of mask you want to make from some themes: Animals, Halloween or Superhero
  2. Sketch several quick concepts of your mask design and colour it.
  3. Once you have chosen your design, draw it in actual size using a mask template which I will provide for you. 
  4. Draw and cutout different parts of your mask with coloured construction paper.  
  5. Glue the pieces together.
  6. Add small details with permanent markers.  

Mask Themes 

  • Animal theme: Lion, Tiger, Bear, Zebra, Rhino, Dinosaur. 
  • Halloween theme: Vampire, Mummy, Bat, Frankenstein, Ferry. 
  • Superhero theme: Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron-Man, Batman, Captain America. etc.

Environment: Save Energy

This week we will design posters on how to save energy. This lesson is an exercise on how to plan and illustrate your ideas. It can simply be titled Save Energy or you can give it your own interesting name. Your ideas can be as imaginative as you want, as long as it communicates the message to save energy. 

*A poster is a large printed picture, notice, or advertisement displayed in a public place. 

Saving Energy.jpg

large sketchpad

pencils, eraser and permanent markers

pastel, markers or crayons

Brainstorming Questions

  1. Name some common household appliances that consume energy? air conditioner, lights, washing machine
  2. What are some different ways you can save energy? turn-off the lights, don’t drive / ride a bike, don’t use air-conditioner / open the window
  3. What is green energy? Name some green energy technologies?  windmill, solar panels
  4. How can saving energy improve our environment? 

What you do

  1. Design 2-4 thumbnail sketches of your poster. Be creative and original with your concept.
  2. Choose the idea you like most and work on it some more. Include words and phrases to communicate your message. Roughly colour in your sketches with markers and pencil crayons.
  3. Transfer you idea onto a large sheet of paper. 
  4. Outline your pencil lines with a black permanent marker. 
  5. Colour your final artwork with pastels, crayons or paint.  

Sculpting and Painting

In this lesson we will be sculpting and painting. This is two part lesson. In the first class we will sketch and sculpt our ideas and in the second class, we will paint our sculptures.



Paper clay 

chiseling tools 

acrylic paint


water containers

some old newspapers

paper cups and paper towels

Part 1

  1. Think about what you would like to sculpt. It can be can be an animal, car, bug, airplane or something from your imagination. 
  2. Make some rough sketches of your idea and colour your drawings. 
  3. Take some paper clay and get familiar with it by sculpting some basic three-dimensional shapes such as a sphere, cube, cylinder and cone. Try attaching the shapes together using sculpting tools and water. 
  4. Sculpt your ideas!

Part 2  

  1. Select and mix the colours that you will need to paint your sculpture. *Refer back to the colour theory lesson to mix the correct colours. 
  2. Start painting your sculpture. Paint the lighter colours first and darker colours last.   
  3. Use a small brush for detail work and and for any area that needs touching up.  

Dog Sculpture by Jon  차승환

Introduction to Acrylic Paint


Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint that becomes water-resistant when dry. It is the latest and most versatile painting medium for artists. The paint can be diluted with water, or modified with acrylic mediums to resemble watercolor, oil painting, or to have its own unique characteristics. It can be applied onto many different types of surfaces including paper, canvases, ceramics or plastic.  



acrylic paint

painting tray 


pencil and eraser


reference materials


What you do

In this lesson we will be painting animals or insects as our subject matter. We will use various books for reference. We will apply a layer painting technique for this project. 

  1. Choose an animal or insect you would like as a subject.
  2. Sketch an outline of it onto paper.
  3. Select the colours that you will need. Add a drop of water to the paint to slow the drying time.  
  4. Start painting the dominate colour of your subject.  
  5. Add other colours and paint in shadows and highlights.  
  6. Refine your painting until you are satisfied with final result.




Coiling Pottery


This week we will be coiling pottery with sculpting doe. Coiling is a method of creating pottery. It has been used to shape clay into vessels for many thousands of years. The coiling technique allows potters to build stonger and taller walled vessels. 



Sculpting material - Yootoh

Sculpting tools


  1. First get familiar with the sculpting material by making some basic shapes such as a sphere, cube, cylinder or cone.
  2. Flatten a round piece of clay to about half a centimeter thick for the base of your vessel.
  3. Prepare the coils by rolling them out by hand. 
  4. Cut the first layer of coil and place it around the parameter of the slab.
  5. Pinch / scrape the coil with one finger into the slab.
  6. Place the next layer of coil and pinch and smooth with the previous layer. *When pinching and scraping, make sure that one hand is supporting the wall on the opposite side.
  7. Keep adding layers. You can add up to three at a time before blending and smoothing.
  8. Make the pots rim.  
Coiled cups by Aara Lee

Coiled cups by Aara Lee

Kids Anatomy


In this lesson we will study about the human anatomy by drawing our  body and labeling some key body parts. 

All art, whether it is a children's book, fashion, architecture, industrial design, fine art or an instructional manual, involves people in some way. Most of us will encounter a situation when we will have to draw people to illustrate a point so it is very helpful to have some knowledge of the human anatomy. 

What you need

  • materials sketchpad
  • pencils
  • permanent markers
  • pastels
  • crayons

Body Parts

Head: hair, eye, nose, mouth, teeth, ears, chin

Torso: neck, chest, stomach, hips

Arm: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, fingers

Leg: knee, ankle, foot, toes

What you do

  1. Starting with your head, draw and label your facial features such as your eyes, nose, chin etc. 
  2. Next draw your torso and branch out to your limbs. Label all the basic body parts.
  3. Trace over your pencil lines with a permanent marker. 
  4. Color your drawing with pastels and crayons. Use markers and pens for finer detail work.

Glass Decco


In this activity we will create beautiful stained glass artwork with Glass Deco. Students will first conceptualize their designs on paper before they make their own Glass Deco artwork. This activity helps children improve their fine motor skills by having them squeeze correct amounts of paint from tubes and coloring inside of lines.

What you need

  • Pencil
  • Sketchbooks
  • Permanent black marker
  • Markers
  • Glass Deco
  • Acetate Film

What you do

  1. Brainstorm different themes for your glass deco designs.
  2. Sketch a design for your glass deco art. Be imaginative with your ideas and choice of colour.
  3. Choose 1 idea that you like and outline it with a black permanent marker and colour it. The design should be no bigger 10 x 10 centimeters square.
  4. Place a sheet of clear acetate over your design and trace the outlines with black glass deco paint.
  5. After you are finished, put it aside and allow the black lines to dry. 
  6. While is it drying, make another design repeating steps 1-4.  
  7. After outlining your second design, return to your first design and check if it has dried by touching it gently with your finger.
  8. If it is dry, colour in your outlines and do the same with your second design.  

Glass Deco Themes and Ideas

  • plants
  • animals
  • cars
  • dinosaurs
  • bugs
  • flowers
  • marine life
  • machines
  • alphabet
  • clothing
  • shoes and handbags
  • seasons
  • weather
  • time
  • fast food
  • garden
  • fruits and vegetables

Drawing Your bedroom in One-Point Perspective


In this lesson we will be drawing our bedrooms in one-point perspective. This is a fun and educational way to learn how to use perspective. Perspective is a fundamental principle in art and is applied to many types of artwork including paintings, product design, architecture and more.

What you need

  • Sketchpad
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • permenent markers
  • gouache paint.
    A girl and her bedroom

    A girl and her bedroom

    What you do

    1. Begin by lightly drawing a horizon line across the middle of your page .
    2. Mark a vanishing point with an 'X' on the center of the line. 
    3. Indicate the back wall of your room by drawing a square.  
    4. Draw lines coming out of your vanishing point and align them to the corners of your square.
    5. Add furniture to your room such as a bed, desk, lamp, dresser etc... Use your vanishing point to get the perspective right.
    6. Remember to sketch your construction lines lightly and later darken the lines of your objects.
    7. Once you have finished drawing of your room, trace over your lines with a black marker.  
    8. After finishingyour outlines, paint your room with gouache paint. 
    9. On a separate sheet of paper, draw and paint a self-portrait. 
    10. Cut and paste the picture your self-portrait in your room.   
    One- point perspective termanology

    One- point perspective termanology


    • horizon line
    • vanishing point
    • eye level
    • guideline
    • cube
    • cylinder
    • sphere
    • ellipse
    • vertical line and horizontal line

    Drawing a Cylinder and Cylindrical Objects

    A cylinder is another fundamental shape in art. Some cylindrical shaped objects include a cup, can, bottle, pencil, and more. We will be drawing a cylinder using our imagination and through observation.  *We will continue drawing on an easel for this lesson.  

    When drawing a cylinder, a cube is often drawn first and the cylinder is drawn encased inside of the cube. The cube is used as a guide to help you construct the cylinder more effectively.  


    1. First start by drawing wire frame of a cube. Make it semi-transparent so that you can see the inside structure of it. 
    2. Draw a line up the center of the cube.
    3. Draw perpendicular lines on two of opposing sides where the ellipses will be. 
    4. Draw an ellipse on the two opposing ends of the cube. Use the perpendicular guidelines (crosses) to ensure the ellipses are symmetrical on each side. *Note that the bottom ellipse and the top ellipse are viewed at different angles so the bottom ellipse should be vertically wider.  
    5. Draw a line connecting the edges of each opposing ellipses.
    6. Draw a cylindrical shaped object such as a cup, bottle or bowl. 

    Environment: Sculpting and Painting


    Continuing from the endangered animals poster lesson, we will make a sculpture of our favorite endangered animal. In this two part lesson, we will first sculpt paper clay animals and in the second class, we will paint them.   

    What you need:

    • Paper clay 
    • chiseling tools 
    • thick water-based paint (gouache)
    • paintbrushes 
    • water containers
    • some newspapers
    • Additional Materials: paper cups, paper towels



    Part 1

    1. Referring back to the previous lesson, talk about some animals that are endangered. Why are they endangered of becoming extinct?  ie. elephant, panda, jaguar, chimpanzee, killer whale, sea turtles, vulture, parrot, penguin, hippopotamus, dolphin, penguin, giraffe, leopard, jaguar, rhinoceros.
    2. Make sketches of the animal you want to sculpt. 
    3. Take some paper clay and get familiar with it clay by sculpting some basic three-dimensional shapes such as a sphere, cube, cylinder and cone. Try attaching the shapes together with water and sculpting tools.  
    4. Sculpt your animal. Use various sculpting tools make the details of your animal. 

    Part 2

    1. We will review colour theory and how to mix primary colours to produce secondary colours.  
    2. Refer back to your animal sketches, select and mix the colours that you will need to paint your animal. 
    3. Paint your animals. Start with the lighter colours first and darker colours last.   
    4. Use a small brush for detail work and look for any area that needs touching up.  

    CD Art Deco


    Do you have a stack of old CDs that you don't need? We can turn them into beautiful works of art that can be hung up on walls. It takes only a few simple steps to make and also helps to reduce waste.

    What you need

    • Old CD's (feel free to bring any old CD's along)
    • Deco Art Pens
    • black permeant markers

    CD Theme Ideas

    • plants
    • animals
    • cars
    • dinosaurs
    • bugs
    • flowers
    • marine life
    • machines
    • alphabet
    • clothing
    • shoes and handbags
    • seasons
    • weather
    • time
    • fast food
    • garden
    • fruits and vegetables

    What you do

    1. Choose a theme for your design and draw your idea in a sketchbook.
    2. Transfer your idea onto the back of a CD using a black permanent marker.
    3. Paint inside the black lines with Deco Art pens. 
    4. Go back and refine your designs.
    5. Repeat the steps to design another CD.   
    6. Once you have finished your second CD, glue them together.