Jim Dine Hearts

Are you familiar with Jim Dine?  He is a 76 year old American pop artist.  He has done, among other things, many paintings of hearts.  You can see some examples of his work here and here.

As you probably know, I used to be a 4th/5th grade teacher in my past life.  I follow several teacher blogs and am always on the lookout for art I can do with Trevor.  I've seen a couple of teachers do projects based on Jim Dine's hearts, but it was Lori Keihl's Fun Art 4 Kids that finally inspired me.  Lori's students used both crayon and watercolors to make their hearts, which is just what I wanted to do with Trevor.   

We started by tracing a heart onto white paper.  We outlined the hearts with a thick black crayon.

Then we pulled out the warming tray.  (Love that thing!)

We let the colors swirl and glide across the warm surface.  Here we're finished with the crayon part.  Trevor's is directly in front of him.  Mine is the other one.

Our last step was adding watercolor outside of the heart. 

Here are our finished projects.  Mine:

And Trevor's:

I love how they turned out.  What fun to make a cool project and learn more about the artist who influenced it!


  1. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! These are AWESOME!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the colors! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. You are SO going to make me get one of those warming trays! Very cool project Cindy.

  3. You always have the most inventive projects esp for kids it's always a treat to come. Y your blog to see what you two are up to. Love the hearts!

  4. Wow! The end result is soooooo cool! :)

    P/s: off to check out warming trays...that's new to me!


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