Teaching Kids How To Use Mixed Media to Incorporate Into Masterpieces (Learn & Link WITH LINKY)


 My kids took another homeschooing art class this week. This week they learned how to use several different media’s in one painting and how to incorporate them together.  The topic was native Florida. The kids learned about Florida Panthers which flowed over into their artwork.

knma mixed media

Materials needed:

Any Size Canvas

Card Stock (white or off white, different shades of green)

Pastel Crayons

Scissors, Glue

Acrylic Green Paint (a dark and lighter shade)

Yellow Watercolor


First the kids painted their canvas with dark green and while that dried they drew a silhouette of a panther then with crayon pastels they drew the facial features and added shading. Next with a circle sponge they blotted a lighter green randomly over the dark green (making it to look like plants). Then the kids finished up the panther by adding more detail such as lightly painting with the watercolor over the areas that the children did not shade in with the pastel crayons. Finally they glued the panther onto their canvas and lastly added their leaves over the panther so that the panther appears to be in a wooded area, peeking out in between the leaves. 


knma fl panther collage

This was so much fun. It was great how the children go to learn how not every piece of art needs to be the same media, using several different media’s can create a beautiful piece of artwork! 

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  1. Love this idea! Awesome colors!

  2. How fun! My son would love this – he loves to draw and is always sharing his photos with us.

  3. Fun idea and so creative! I loved doing this stuff when I taught K/1…have to do it at home now so sad the schools don’t have much time for art anymore!

  4. They did an awesome job, and learned a little about geography I’m sure too. πŸ™‚

  5. That does look like fun and something that my kids would have a blast doing… thanks so much

  6. These are so fun! Am loving it πŸ™‚

  7. What a great craft. Thanks for hosting the linky. I am linked up.

  8. Great project idea! I love it’s colors, and the reinforcement of fine motor skills.

  9. How cool! The husband and I were just talking about how we need to be more intentional about our kids and art in our homeschool.

  10. What a super fun art project. It never occurred me to intentionally encourage mixed media.

  11. That is such a fun art class! My kids would really enjoy doing something like that for their weekly art class. I love using different mediums in art.

  12. I used to really be into art when I was a kid, and my daughter followed in my footsteps! I love using mixed media, it makes art projects so much more fun!

  13. I’m going to try this with my 4 year old. Usually we tell him one medium at a time, but what fun is that?! This afternoon we’ll be creating with all of them! Thanks!

  14. What fun! You always do the cutest projects!

  15. Lovely artwork! Great project idea, too. I’ll have to use this with our play group!

  16. Neat craft. I love seeing a child’s creativity and imagination at work.

  17. How cute, I will definitely have to do this with my daughter. Thanks for the linky!

  18. My girls used to love doing this when they were younger. It’s a great way to encourage creativity.

  19. So very cool! Mixed media is great fun. I hope I can get into something like this with my children soon!

  20. Really cute artwork that you did with your kids! I know that my kids would love to create art like this too!

  21. my daughter loves arts and crafts and is always begging me to do some with her. this is a great way to encourage their imaginations as well as their creativity side. thanks for the tips.

  22. This is so fun. I love how you encourage your kids to be creative.

  23. This is great! I can tell the kids really enjoyed themselves/

  24. When my daughter took AP art, her portfolio focus was mixed media. It has such cool results, and I like that kids of any age can get into it. πŸ™‚

  25. How fun and so creative.. I love the different textures and the outcome is amazing; thanks for sharing what a great learning experience

  26. Those came out so cool. I have to try this with my nephew.

  27. That’s definitely a fun way of doing art with kids. It really brings it to life.

  28. I want to do more at home art with kids. This looks like so much fun.

  29. The other day at the store, my daughters started talking about the different types of media they use at school and were discussing their favorites. Was fun to hear how much they knew!

  30. What a great way to increase creativity!! Looks like a lot of fun, too!

  31. That is so cute! I’ve been trying to do more art work with my kids! I added a link to my Clover painting project I shared this week! πŸ™‚

  32. This is a great idea! The artwork is really good and it gives a very good understanding what mixed media means.

  33. I like that so many options for materials were brought into play! They turned out cute as can be too. πŸ™‚

  34. This looks like so much fun! I love all the bright colors! My little one will love this!

  35. What a wonderful idea. I need to get my kids crafting more.

  36. Looks like so much fun! I have a toddler that we are just teaching about glue! It looks too much like a cheesestick. lol.

  37. These are so cute, my girls would have endless fun with this!

  38. My son goes to art class once a week, and this is his latest project.. Mixed media.. It is interesting how he is getting his project done!

  39. You’re such a great, creative mom. I never thought of doing that with my daughter. I guess experience has a lot to say in that πŸ™‚

  40. Aww how fun! It’s hard for me to be intentional about teaching my daughter things like this so I love when other moms share their creative ideas that I can copy. πŸ™‚

  41. These are adorable! Such a crafty and educational project!

  42. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing-such a great idea πŸ™‚

  43. These are awesome and they look like great fun to make. My little boy is only 4 and he may not manage the drawing part so I will need to think about how to adapt it a little for him,

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