Jack and the Beanstalk Paintings and Plants

Good Morning!

I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful long weekend.

Last week my class painted these gorgeous Giants!

Hard to believe these were done by Grade 1 students, but they were, thanks to a fabulous tutorial by look, love, create, which she originally found in Usborne Art Ideas: Big Book of Things to Draw.

We've been doing a Fairytale unit and by the time we did these paintings we already had two Jack and the Beanstalk stories and a short video under our belts, so the kids were primed and easily caught on to the idea of perspective drawings.

When I first read Holly's directions I thought okay, this is going to be super easy.

But I have to admit it was a little tough for my students. Actually, most of them were fine, but there were at least five kids out of 24 who needed a lot of help with the drawing. So probably it's more suited to Grades 2 and 3. But having said that, if you pulled small groups for the drawing portion, you could probably even do this with Kindergarten.

Warning!  In order to do this properly you need to use a ruler to draw three long pencil guide lines. This was probably the hardest part for my Ones, and I had to do that for most of them.

But once we got the lines in place most of the kids rose to the challenge. Once the drawings were complete they traced all their lines with Sharpies and then painted with water colours. That part, of course, everyone LOVED and needed no help with!

Of course, once we completed our paintings we HAD to grow our own beanstalks!

You've probably seen these on Pinterest already ... they seem to be everywhere ... so we just had to do them, too. The kids love their little castles sitting in the clouds and are very excited to watch their beans grow.

We also wrote some extremely cute Jack and the Beanstalk stories. Watch for the next post!

And thank you, Holly, for the art idea and directions.


  1. Barb, your giants are fabulous! How fun. What a great lesson on perspective.

    1. Thanks, Tammy! I'm very happy I stumbled across Holly's blog, "look love create"!

  2. Those are fantastic!

    1. Thank you, Chrissy! We're all pretty proud of them:)

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Your class is a little older, isn't it? You should definitely try them:)

  4. I want to be in your class!!! This all looks fantastic. Those paintings are incredible. Fun, fun fun!
    Teaching and Much Moore

    1. Haha! We could have lots of fun teaching together:)

  5. Love the giants and the awesome cloud/castle! What a great idea!!

    1. Thanks, Tracy. I found the cloud castle idea on pinterest somewhere.


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