Acrylic Painting Of Candle Flames Art Project

Art Medium: Acrylic paints & glass collage

Grades: Kg -12
Ages: All

About this project: Before teaching acrylic painting, I like to refer to the book The Complete Drawing and Painting Course by Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. Before doing the painting below, we lit a candle and did a warm-up picture with soft pastels to get the feeling of the movement of the flame. It's important that an adult is supervising when a candle is lit, and that matches are put away.

Materials needed:
  • Soft oil pastels Paper (35x50cm)
  • Acrylic paints Canvas (35 x 50cm)
  • Paint brushes Palette (or throw away plastic plate)
  • Paper towels
  • Container for water
  • Colorful glass pieces Chipped pieces of mirror UHU all purpose glue


Part l:
  • Light candle
  • Draw the movement of the flames with soft pastels.
  • We chose yellow, orange, pink and red
  • Think about the concepts of over and under.
  • We repeated the contour with lines of several colors.
  • Choose one color for the background.
Part ll:
  • Light the candle
  • Using a light pastel color, draw the shapes of the flames on the canvas
  • Select the colors you want to work with.
  • We used white, yellow, orange, pink, red and salmon
  • With small children, I use a different paint brush for each color.
  • We used gold paint for the background.
Part lll:
  • Play around with small pieces of glass and mirror on the dry canvas
  • We made the shapes of lit candles
  • When you like the way it looks, glue the pieces down with a clear glue
Jewish Holiday Ideas:
This is a nice project to do at a Hanucha party, or a nice idea for a Hanucha party invitation. For other Jewish art projects, I refer to the book 100+ Jewish Art Projects for Children, by Nina Streisand Sher and Margaret A. Feldman.