Art Classes: Level II

Level II-Art Lesson 6: The German Nutcracker

Learn to draw a nutcracker while you learn about some German history

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 4 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

The town of Leavenworth, Washington, is proud of its German heritage, so residents decided to make the entire downtown look like a German village. Probably the most interesting part of the town is the Nutcracker Museum, where one can find thousands of nutcrackers, some of them dating back centuries.

This lesson is an introduction to body proportions, and we use the size of the head as a way of keeping the proportions correct. 

Since it takes only a few drops of each color to paint the nutcracker, dispense the paint into palettes.  This also prevents painters from mixing your supply of colors.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the nutcracker.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 warm-up for the nutcracker
  • 1 sheet of 11” x 14” watercolor paper
  • 1 small palette to dispense paint into for each student or student pair
  • A surface to tape the watercolor paper onto (a 12” x 16” piece of masonite works well)
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 #4 watercolor brush
  • At least 3 colors of bottled acrylic paints
  • 1 sheet of construction paper
  • Masking tape
  • A #2 lead pencil
  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • 1 gold paint pen
  • 1 bottle or cup for rinsing paint brushes

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 65 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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