FREE ART LESSON + PROJECT FOR KIDS

DRAW A BACKPACK + ADD COLOR WITH TISSUE PAPER

Learn to draw a simple backpack and use tissue paper to give it color. The tissue paper will set like watercolor paint; it can even resemble the look of tie-dye. Make your backpack unique with color and pattern. 

My favorite part about this project... there are no mistakes in art! Have fun designing!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • White paper suitable for watercolor paint

  • Black paper

  • Ultra-fine tip black marker

  • Scissors

  • Cup of water

  • Tissue paper sheets cut or torn into smaller pieces (at least two different colors)

  • Cloth/paper to protect table

  • *Optional - White colored pencil or crayon

Note: Dye from the tissue paper may stain hands/hard surfaces. Protective care should be taken.

Need art supplies? Check out my suggestions for budding artists: Art Supplies

TIME NEEDED

The video is less than 15 minutes, but the actual project may take closer to 45 minutes to complete, plus time for the tissue paper to dry. Remember, this video can be paused at any point if you need more time to finish a step.

AGE LEVEL

This art lesson + project is for all ages but geared towards the elementary level.

YOUNGER STUDENT OPTION

Have a preschooler or younger child who wants to create alongside their older sibling but is not quite ready to follow along with the video? A printable version of the backpack drawing is available (free!). Print the pdf copy and encourage your child to trace and color the drawing: Backpack Coloring Page.

PARENT/TEACHER TIP

Short on time? Skip the cutting, tissue paper, and glue portion. Draw the backpack on white paper; color it with markers/colored pencil/crayons and hang it to display.

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