The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, the birds are singing…it must be spring! We’ve scoured the internet looking for engaging spring themed art activities, so you don’t have to. Here are twelve of our favorites!
I’m a sucker for a good bird project. I think it goes back to my grandmother’s back yard and the menagerie of birds who would visit for a meal. She could identify every single specie by their songs, and I was convinced she possessed some sort of nature magic. She was my very own Dr. Doolittle!
This adorable mixed media bird’s nest uses twigs and branches from your backyard for the nest and air-dry clay for the eggs. We have a great DIY air dry clay recipe video that uses only three ingredients that you likely have in your pantry.
If you’re familiar with the illustrations of Brian Wildsmith and his book “Birds” then you will love this project that uses cardboard and oil pastels, though you could easily use crayons or even markers.
I am always a fan of using art to learn about other cultures. This Amate Bark Painting project uses construction paper to recreate the look and feel of the bark. Your young artist can create anything they can imagine but I’m partial to the bird example.
Bees are such an important part of our global ecosystem. I love finding ways to incorporate them into art lessons as a means to educate about their importance and celebrate the work they do for us!
This project uses a hexagon tracer and is a nice way to incorporate some geometry into your art lesson. The lesson calls for oil pastels but you can easily substitute crayons.
I love the texture you can create by printing with bubble wrap and this project uses that texture to create the beehive. This project also uses linocut bee prints but you could easily have your students draw and cut out their own bees. The project page also includes the link to a great video about the importance of bees to the ecosystem.
The next lesson offers yet another opportunity to destroy the evidence of your relationship with Amazon! These beautiful cardboard beehives use the texture of the cardboard to help create the honeycomb. The project calls for tempera paint because it dries quickly on the cardboard but you can use whatever you have on hand.
The flowers and the trees…
Artist inspired projects are always a big hit! These mostly Van Gogh inspired sunflowers are a fun way to explore his use of texture through a different medium: collage! I also really enjoyed these 3D Monet inspired waterlilies that give you another opportunity to use any extra cardboard you might have laying around. It also calls for a spoon to blend the paint together which is a messy fun time for your little artists!
Continuing with the utensil as a painting tool theme, this spring meadow lanscape project uses a plastic fork to create line and texture in the painting. And while not a utensil, this hyacinth painting uses bottle caps as a stamp to create the petals.
Lastly, embrace the power of flowers with these two projects. The first is beautiful color wheel flower that is fun to make and helps them learn about color theory. It’s based on the beloved book “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a treasure! And finally, I adore a good textile art project and this flower weaving project is wonderful. You can decorate your plate, or just let the yarn be the focus. Creating the loom out of the plate might be a bit advanced for younger artists but with supervision they can enjoy this project, too!
There you have it: our top twelve pics for spring art projects! If you try your hand at any of these projects, be sure to share your results with us either on social media or via email We LOVE to see what you create!