Jim Dine Hearts


Jim Dine Hearts
2nd Grade learned about American Pop artist Jim Dine and created their own hearts inspired by his work! They learned that Jim Dine loved to work with repetition, patterns, bright colors, and texture. They used watercolor resist technique to create these colorful hearts.

2nd Grade Jim Dine Hearts


  • 8X11 white sulphite paper
  • 9X12 colored construction paper
  • oil pastels
  • watercolor

Introduce Jim Dine and show examples of his heart artwork

  • American Pop Artist
  • Uses hearts as his subject
  • Uses different materials (oil paint, watercolor, sculpture)
  • Bright colors
  • Repetition
  • Simple images with exciting colors and textures


  1. Have students fold paper in half ‘hot dog’ style then unfold
  2. Have students fold paper in half ‘hamburger style’ then unfold
  3. Draw lines over fold lines with black oil pastel to form a +
  4. Have students draw a little dot half way between the side of paper and middle line along the horizontal line on both sides
  5. Draw a large letter ‘m’ starting from the dot with the middle of the ‘m’ falling on the center line **emphasis the bumps in the ‘m’ or lots of students will end up with a half a circle instead
  6. Draw a letter ‘V’ starting from the dot going down to meet at the vertical line in the center of the page
  7. Now students have drawn a heart. help students redraw their hearts if it ends up looking like an ice cream cone instead of a heart
  8. Explain that you want a different pattern drawn in each quarter of the heart but just draw the outline of the shapes, don’t color in.
  9. Fill in the background of the inside of the hearts with warm colored watercolor paint, tell students they can paint right over their drawings because the oil pastel resists the water – explain the rules of liquid watercolor paint
  10. Fill in the background behind the heart with cool colors
  11. Glue to colored construction paper and put on drying rack



Use art terminology to describe art in terms of subject and physical characteristics.


Understand various movements in art and the artists that represent them.


Recognize that works of art represent specific time periods.

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