There are a lot of Jim Dine inspired Valentine's Day art projects out there.... here is my version. Enjoy! This is a great lesson especially for littler ones (K-3), but 4/5ers have fun with it as well.
• Oil Pastels
• black markers (we used sharpies)
• small pre-cut squares in whatever color (I think these are 4" x 4")
• red construction paper
• Talk about Jim Dine and the Pop Art movement (Pop Artists wanted to sort of rebel against abstract art, and start painting things that everyone could recognize - celebrity portraits, everyday objects, etc.) Show some of his artwork, especially focusing the slideshow on his heart pieces!
• Have kids draw outlines and shading on hearts with markers. Show kids how to "cross-hatch" for the shading on the top of the heart. Emphasize the thick outline of the hearts.
• Color in little patches of colors in many colors of oil pastel all over inside and outside their hearts until they cover their whole squares.
• Once both squares are done, glue them both to the front of a card folded "hamburger style". Voila! They can write in them to someone in their families - (good opportunity for a writing assignment here!)
Happy Valentine's Day!