Joan Miro and self-portraits (for kids)

Are you an art docent?

Teach kids about Joan Miro this month! This project introduces Joan Miro & self-portraits and it is recommended for kids in K-2 grades.

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Silly Self portrait

Start with a  presentation.

When you introduced Joan Miro and his work to the kids, ask them to sketch a head (with a sharpie). Show kids that they can do whatever shape they want (you may even sketch those on a blackboard – oval, square, heart…) and then show them how to make the eyes and the U-shape nose.

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Then the kids can create whatever body shape they want. Just remind them to keep it simple and when they are done to ‘divide’ it or ‘visually cut’ it into several segments (they are going to be coloring each of them differently so they want to have several of them).

When they are done, give them the oil pastels (yellow, red, blue, green, black and white) and ask them to color the picture (not the background). The ones that finish early can add their favorite animal or something they like to do (soccer ball, books, etc.).

In the end, ask the kids to bring the picture over and spray it (with them) with the watercolor spray (just some watercolors in a spray bottle). For this part, make sure you have something covering the surrounding area (newsprint, mat, shower curtain or old plastic tablecloth). And be careful when you lift the picture – the watercolor may drip a little.

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Here are the labels to print out for this project and attach them to kids’ artworks.

What’s your Line?


So, what is a line anyway? We all know it but it can easier to show that to explain. According to a definition, it is a basic element of art. It is a simple, continuous mark on a paper. It helps us create shapes and more complicated pictures. It makes letters, numbers, and a lot of other things.

Lines can also be a lot of fun, especially if you use them in a Dada (child-like and playful)-kind of a way:


Get some yarn and black paint. Dip the string in the paint (but be careful to leave a small piece out to hold onto – you don’t want it to get too messy). Then take it out and slowly drop it on a paper.

Put another paper on top and press down – this will make you two symmetrical pictures (and it will make sure you pressed hard enough and stayed clean). After that, just remove the paper and drop another string, and another… until you are happy with the way the picture looks.


Now you can use markers to color the shapes you created. Choose different colors and different areas to color – isn’t it amazing how much it can change the picture?

If you want to explore more fun projects based on lines, check out our Pinterest page dedicated to them.