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First Grade Dragons


First graders learned about primary colors, secondary colors, tints and shades to create beautiful painted paper dragons. This project was a big hit last year and this year’s batch of first graders did not disappoint!

We began by mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. We used paint scrapers from one of my favorite art suppliers ROYLCO to make our paper have texture.

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When the papers were dry, I cut them into squares and rectangles for the dragon’s body.


6×2 for the tail
6×4 for extra details
6×4 for feet
6×6 for the head
12×5 for the wings
12×5 for the body

Students cut their colorful painted paper into dragon body parts using their knowledge of lines and shapes.


They shared scraps to create a colorful dragon and even used crayons to add details like fire, castles, clouds, and rainbows!

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Next up for first grade is Dinosaurs! 🙂

Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

4 thoughts on “First Grade Dragons

  1. These are stinking adorable! I love that they all made pieces of paper with the colors and then they all got to use the different colors. Really cute… 🙂 Yay for dinosaurs next!

  2. Beautiful. I love Juan’s wacky dragon 🙂 I like your use of coloured paper as the background. It’s setting off some great colour harmonies.

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