Hands on Crafts For Kids is the resource for kids craft projects and instructions for kids 6-12 and parents, teachers and other group leaders. It includes school and curriculum based projects,  multi cultural projects, and every day, holiday and seasonal ideas.

It is  the online home of the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids.

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Franz Spohn draws a picture from a poem.


Hosts: Nationally recognized artist Franz Spohn shares imaginative art tips and techniques!

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Areas of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 to 2 hours

Imagination – Franz Spohn
Technique:  Create a pop up illustration inspired by a book or poem
Faber-Castell® Connector Watercolor Paints
Faber-Castell® Gel Sticks
Faber-Castell® Connector Pens
Canson® Art Board

Create a pop up structure by folding your illustration board to a 90 degree angle.

You can create your background first using Gel Sticks to illustrate trees, leaves, water.  Then, add detail with Connector Pens. 

The Watercolor Paints are great for adding very intense color and muted washes of color to create distance in your background.

Draw your hippopotamus (or creature of your imagination), cut it out and secure it in place within your pop up using a bit of tape or a brad.  Now when you read your favorite piece of literature you have a scene to peer at!

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