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Giant List of Story Art Projects

The Giant List of Story Art Ideas: Art Projects Inspired by Children's Books (from Walking by the Way)

I scoured and searched and typed and linked and now I give. I give you the list–the GIANT lis–of 103 art projects connecting picture books and other children's literature to art projects. Read. Create. Repeat. 

Read Apple and create an Apple Collage

Read Are You Blue Dog's Friend? and paint a Blue Dog

Read Arlo Needs Glasses make Oil and Chalk Pastel Dogs 

Read Babuska Baba Yaga and design a Pattern Painted Babushka

Read Beautiful Oops and Paint on Torn Newspaper

Read Big Fat Hen and chalk pastel your own Big Fat Hen 

Read The Cat and the Bird and create a Klee Inspired Castle

Read The Cat and the Hat and create an Acrylic Painting 

Read Chameleons Are Cool and experiment with watercolor Painted Chamelons

Read Chengdu and draw a Panda Bear with chalk pastels

Read Chicken Little and make a Chicken Little Collage

Read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows Who Type and Draw & Paint a Cow

Read Color Dance and Mix Colors

Read A Color of His Own and watercolor Rainbow Chameleons

Read D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths and craft a Viking Ship Painted Paper Collage

Read Dig, Dogs, Dig and make Truck Shape Art

Read Do You Have a Hat? and create a draw & paint a Hatted Person 

The Giant List of Story Art Projects

Read The Dot and Design a Dot

Read The Dot and make a Paper & Paint Dot Collage

Read Elmer and create a Tissue Paper Elmer

Read Fatuma's New Cloth and make African Kanga Compostitions

Read Fish Eyes and craft a Paper Fish

Read The Frog Prince and craft a Mixed Media Frog Prince

Read Giraffes Can't Dance and create a Dancing Giraffe

Read The Goat in the Rug and complete a Weaving Project (helpful video)

Read The Great Wave and Paint a Wave

Read Green and paint a variety of Green Leaves

Read The Grouchy Ladybug and craft a Ladybug Mixed Media Collage

Read Harold and the Purple Crayon and design Purple Yarn Art

Read Harold and the Purple Crayon and Sketch Illustrations

Read Hickory Dickory Dock and papercraft a George Nelson Style Clock

Read Hooray for Fish and create a Fish Oil Pastel

Read Hot Air and paint colorful Hot Air Balloons

Read A House for Hermit Crab and draw & paint a Hermit Crab

Read How Loud Is a Lion and draw and paint your own Loud Lion

Read How Many Snails? and create a Snail Painting

Read I Ain't Gonna Paint No More and create Paint Splattered Portraits

Read In the Small, Small Pond and make a Mixed Media Pond

Read If I Ran the Zoo and design a Tizzled Topped Tufted Mazurka

Read If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and make a Cupcake Collage

Read I'll Follow the Moon and sculpt clay Sea Turtles

The Giant List of Story Art Projects

Read I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and paint Giant Squids

Read Ish and create Crumpled Paper Art

Read Ish and draw & paint a Page of Ish Ideas

Read Jack and the Beanstalk and craft a Mixed Media Artwork

Read Jeremy Draws a Monster and make Organic Shape Monsters

The Giant List of Story Art Projects

Read The Kissing Hand and draw and paint Racoons

Read The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and paint Sunset Scenes

Read Lentil and draw Shadows and Facial Expressions

Read Lines that Wiggle and marker a page of bright Wiggly Lines

Read Little Blue and Little Yellow and Color Mix Playdoh

Read The Little Engine That Could and draw a Chalk Pastel Train

Read Little Green and make an Abstract Crayon Artwork

Read Little Red Riding Hood and oil pastel The Path to Grandma's House

Read Lots of Dots and Paint with Dots

Read Madeline and Draw with Chalk Pastels

Read Matthew's Dream and use markers to draw The Shapes and Colors of Joy

Read Max's Words and draw Art Words

Read Mister Seahorse and create a Mixed Media Seashorse Scene

Read Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli and design a Monsters Multimedia Project    

Read Monsters Love School and have fun with Pick and Draw Monsters

Giant List of Story Art Ideas for Connecting Literature and Art

Read any Monster book The Emberleys and craft Paper Collage Monsters

Read Mouse Paint and create Three Torn Mice

Read Mouse Paint and sculpt a Mouse on a Paint Palette

Read My Blue Boat and draw a Chalk Pastel Scene

Read My Many Colored Days and crayon a Watercolor Resist Project

Read Old Bear and create a Bear Collage

Read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and paint a Bright Fish

Read Once Upon a Northern Night and create a Winter Tree Scene

Read A Pair of Socks and craft a pair of Symmetry Socks

Read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and draw & paint Pete the Cat

Read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and draw Pete the Cat in Chalk Pastel

Read Pete's a Pizza and make Paper Pizza Art

Read Pezzettino and design a Square Creature

Read Planting a Rainbow and create Bright Painted Paper Flowers

Read The Princess and the Pea and watercolor the Sleeping Princess

Story Art: Connecting Art and Literature

Read The Rainbow Book and create Kandinsky Circles

Read The Rainbow Fish and draw, glue, and glitter a Rainbow Fish

Read A Rainbow of My Own and create a Rainbow Puzzle Collage

Read Raptors, Fossils, Fins, and Fangs and draw your own Prehistoric Creature

Read Red Sings from Treetops and Draw with Chalk Pastels

Read Scarecrow and draw & paint a Scarecrow

Read Ship Shapes and create a City Waterfront Collage

Read Skippyjon Jones and make your own Skippyjon Jones

Read Sky Color and make a Falling Through the Sky Artwork

Read Snowballs and design a Bird and Birch Tree Collage

Read The Snowy Day and make your own Snowy Day Illustration

Read Stellaluna and Draw a Bat

Read Swimmy and create a Fish Print Fish

Read Sylvie and design a Patterned Flamingo

Read Tar Beach and create Citiscapes

Read There's a Wocket in my Pocket and create an Imaginary Creature

Read Time of Wonder and draw & paint Simple Sailboats

Read Too Much Glue and make Gluey Masterpieces

Read A Tree is Nice and sketch Trees

Read Trucks and create an amazing Truck Collage

Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and watercolor a Hungry Caterpillar

Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and craft Clay Caterpillars on Watercolor Leaves

Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Draw with Chalk Pastels

Read Where the Wild Things Are and do some Wild Thing Printmaking

Read Where the Wild Things Are and paint a Watercolor Monster

Read Where the Wild Things Are and paint some Wild Things

Read The Z Was Zapped and crayon a Watercolor Resist Alphabet

The Giant List of Story Art Project Ideas

As I find more art projects for picture books,
I will pin them to my Story Art Pinterest Board.

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Hooray for Fish! Oil Pastel Project

Fish Oil Pastel Art Project inspired by Hooray for Fish! from Walking by the Way

We found Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins at the library. Cousins used simple shapes and bright colors to design her fun fish. After reading the book, we wanted to create our own bright, fun fish! 

Supplies for Oil Pastel Fish

Project Instructions

1. Choose a favorite fish from the book for inspiration.

2. Look for the basic shapes of the fish and draw them with a pencil on your white paper. Decide if you will use patterns (spots, stripes, hearts) and where.

3. Color in with oil pastels. 

4. Outline the fish with a black oil pastel. 

5. Cut out fish.

6. Glue fish to a piece of colored construction paper. 

Oil Pastel Fish Gallery

Story Art: Hooray for Fish! Oil Pastel Project

Follow my Story Art Pinterest Board for dozens of art lessons inspired by picture books!

Follow Homeschool Share's board Story Art on Pinterest.

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Cut Paper Monsters Art Project for Ed Emberley Books

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

We love Ed Emberley so much that we had a birthday bash in his honor a few years ago. His style of art has always resonated with Elijah, and the rest of us enjoy it, too.

In looking at his illustrations, I determined I could create a simple art project for the kids to create their own cut paper monsters. It was a hit, and even I enjoyed crafting cut paper shapes into a scary beast.

Story Art: Cut Paper Monsters for Ed Emberly Books from Walking by the Way

Supplies for Cut Paper Monsters

Project Instructions

Read the book with your children. After you finish, look back through the book together and notice the various shapes and pieces used to make the monsters' body parts. 

1. Pick a monster for inspiration.

2. Cut a body shape for your monster.

3. Start cutting more shapes for other body parts.

4. Layer the cut shapes to make monsters.

Helpful Hint: Design your monster before you start gluing.

Cut Paper Monsters Art Project from Walking by the Way

5. Glue everything in place. 

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

6. Glue the final monsterpiece to the big black construction paper. 

Cut Paper Monster Gallery

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

Follow my Story Art Pinterest Board for dozens of art lessons inspired by picture books!

Follow Homeschool Share's board Story Art on Pinterest.

Check out other Five Day Series on the iHomeschool Network Hopscotch

iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2015