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Frog Art Center

Updated on April 1, 2015

Frog Statue

Painted Frog Statue
Painted Frog Statue | Source

Art Projects for the Frog Unit Study

Art for your Frog Unit Study from how to draw frogs to painting, clay, sculptures, origami, frog cakes, Moche, Totem Poles and much much more...

Children thrive with a hands-on. creative learning experiences that help them illustrate all that they are learning in the Frog Unit Study. These multi-sensory experiences make concepts about frogs and their habitat come to life. In this lens we will look at art from various cultures, art for illustrating nature study books and three dimensional art to display a deepening knowledge of a frog's ecosystem.

Paint a Frog

Painting a Frog - Paint a Green Frog

Frog Watercolor
Frog Watercolor | Source

Paint a Frog Green - Art Class for the Frog Unit Study

It's time for Art Class for our Frog Unit Study. Today we will learn how to mix delightful froggy green colors.

Set out lots of yellow and some blue and let the kids mix the colors to make various shades of green.

Large paper covered in shades of green can be cut into frog or vegetation shapes to create bulletin boards, collages or other froggy art projects.

  • Frog shaped templates can be available for the children to trace around and cut out.
  • Frog shaped cookie cutters are also good for tracing.
  • Plants, leaves and grass can be cut free form from the left over scraps.

Mixing Frog Green - What Color are Frogs?

Frog Prince
Frog Prince | Source

Exploring the Color Green

Children sometimes don't realize that there are many shades of green. Set out blue and yellow paint and allow the children to experiment with mixing the colors to make green.

Use the mixtures to paint on frog-shaped card stock. When dry compare the shades. Which shades of green most remind you of a frog. Use these green paintings to cut out frog shapes and make a frog collage.

Mixing Shades of Froggy Green - Frog Paint

Great Green Tree Frog
Great Green Tree Frog | Source

Mixing a Froggy Green

When it comes to art supplies you don't want to scrimp. The best materials create the best art. Watercolors are wonderful for mixing all those beautiful shades of froggy greens.

  • Mix the light underbelly of a Leopard Frog.
  • Mix the dark greenish brown of a wood frog.
  • Mix the pale green of a spring peeper.

Use watercolors to paint frogs.

Frog Painted with Coffee - Paint a Frog

Coffee Frog
Coffee Frog | Source

Paint a frog with Coffee

Left over coffee can be used for painting pictures. You can vary the shading by adding a bit of water or allowing some of the coffee to dry a bit concentrating the coffee color.

Experiment with your strokes adding shading.

What fun to paint a frog with coffee.

Japanese Style Painting of a Frog - Use pen and ink for Painting a Frog

Frog in Japanese Painting
Frog in Japanese Painting | Source

Hanging Scroll of a Frog

This is a hanging scroll of a Frog from the Edo period (1615-1868). in Japan. It was done in ink on paper. The original can be seen at The Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art.

Set out long strips of paper grocery bag paper, ink and paintbrushes. Allow children to experiment with painting frogs similar to the one in this painting.

How to Draw a Frog

Drawing of a Frog - How to Draw a Frog

Draw a Frog
Draw a Frog | Source

How to Draw Frogs Video - Adorable Cartoon Frog

Set up a computer in your art center where your children can watch this video as they learn to draw frogs.

  • Place the art table near a wall covered in cork board.
  • Post series of drawings that show step by step how to draw frogs.
  • Create a an index card file of sample drawing for inspiration
  • Set up a computer with simple how-to videos showing various techniques
  • Provide a can of drawing utensils such as pencils, charcoal, markers, and crayons
  • A bin of recycled computer paper can be stored under the table

When children are finished drawing they can either post their picture on the board or recycle it.

How to Draw Frogs - Frog Sketch

The Butterfly's Ball
The Butterfly's Ball | Source

Teaching Children How to Draw Frogs

Laminate and post a How to Draw a Frog poster above the art table. It will give shy artists more confidence, inspire more details in stick figure artists and encourage more illustrations in writers who believe that they can't draw.

Some kids love to color in coloring books. I like to encourage them to use tracing paper to help them learn the shapes of the frogs and then to start drawing the frogs on their own.

Frog Habitat Collage - Create a Frog Habitat Collage

Frog Habitat Print
Frog Habitat Print | Source

Frog Habitat Collage

We never throw away our paintings. Paper that has been painted on can be used to create amazing collages. Practice mixing froggy green. Try splatter paint techniques over dried green paint. Once that is dry, cut out frogs, leaves, reeds and rushes. Arrange these pieces into a frog habitat college.

Frogs in the Nature Journal - The Art of Drawing and Painting Frogs for your Nature Journal

Bull Frog
Bull Frog | Source

Nature Journal

As your drawing and painting skills improve you will be able to add frog art to your nature journal. The more accurate you can draw and paint frogs the better your scientific data will become. Try to observe frogs on a daily basis and as you do, use your abilities as an artist to show the science you are learning.

Notice the way K. Nuth of the Virgina State Parks Staff drew and painted the above frogs. What shapes did he use? What shades of green did he use to draw and paint this bull frog?

Paper Craft Frogs

Origami Frog - How to make origami frogs!

Origami Frogs
Origami Frogs | Source

Paper Craft Frogs - Origami Frogs

Click on the link below to learn how to make origami frogs. My kindergarteners and first graders learned quickly and had them hopping all around the room. We measured how far each would jump, tried different kinds of paper and made a museum display of the prettiest ones.

Print this picture out on card stock. Cut and fold it to make a frog. Make frog eggs by drawing black dots on Lima beans.

Roll dice to find out how many eggs are in each mother frog. Put that many into the frog.

Variation: Roll two dice and add or multiply.

Articulated Frog

Articulated Frog
Articulated Frog | Source

Articulated Frog pattern

To find the Articulated Frog pattern click on this link and scroll down to Color Me Frog. Have the children color and cut out a picture of a frog. Use paper fasteners to create movable parts.

Talk about how a frog's joints move in the same places as the Articulated Frog. Compare a frog's body to a person's body.

Are You a Frog? What are the Characteristics of a Frog? What makes a frog different from you and I? Do we have any similarities? What do we know about frogs?

Working with Clay

Life Cycle Of A Frog - Claymation

Carve a Frog!

Clay for Making Frog Art Sculptures

Fimo or Sculpey make dough that is colorful and easy to work with when you would like to try your hand at creating frogs from clay. After watching the amazing video from Claymation my children spent hours creating their own scenes using Sculpey clay. What story will your children create while making frog art?

Frog Carving

You might like to create your own unique Frog Totem by using three frog puppets. Just stack them and then sew their hands in the correct positions. If your children would like to make a frog totem that they can constantly rearrange, try putting them together with large paper clips.

Frog Totem

Frogs are used in art from many cultures. The frog below comes from the Tlingit tradition of the Native People of the North West Coast of North America.

Research the clans of the Northwest and then make your own totem poles. Frogs are one type of animal typically found in Totem Poles. You might make totem poles from cardboard boxes stacked one above the other.

Moche Frog - Frog Sculpture

Moche Toad
Moche Toad | Source

Frogs Around the World

Understanding of the art of other cultures becomes more personal when the children are able to create works of art in the styles of the cultures they are studying. Here are the materials needed to make your own frog vessel while learning more about the Moche culture who made the original Frog Vessel.

Pre-columbian Gold Frogs - Gold Frogs from Costa Rica

Pre-columbian Gold Frog
Pre-columbian Gold Frog | Source

Costa Rican Gold Frogs - Pre-columbian Gold Frogs at the Costa Rican National Museum

Costa Ricans are proud of their heritage so when I visited the Natural Museum I was not surprised at how much they love to show off their collection of gold frogs.

Pre-Columbian Gold Frogs - Costa Rican Pre-Columbian Gold Frogs

Pre-Columbian Gold Frog from Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Frog from Costa Rica | Source

Gold Frogs

When Columbus landed in Costa Rica on his fourth voyage to the New World he saw the native people had many items made of gold. He named Costa Rica or Rich Coast because of this. I wonder if he saw any of the gold frogs?

Paint your frog Gold! - Spray painting

Spraying Gold Paint
Spraying Gold Paint | Source

Golden Frogs - Make your own Gold Frogs

Make your own gold frogs.

1. Push clay or pour Plaster of Paris into the molds.

2. Let the frogs dry.

3. Spray with gold spray paint.

Use these frogs as math manipulatives, game pieces or in a multitude of other imaginative ways.

What kind of a frog artist are you?

What kind of frog will you create today? - Creating Unique Frogs!

Pop-up Leap Year Frog Cards
Pop-up Leap Year Frog Cards | Source

Creating Frog Themed Art

It is amazing what artists design when they decide to create a frog. Fill your home with frog statues and paintings to inspire you as you develop more and more ideas for creating frogs. Unique frog designs that can inspire you to take that leap and try new artistic techniques. Imagine the possibilities!

Save the Frogs Art Contest

Save the Frogs Art Contest
Save the Frogs Art Contest

When is the entry deadline for the Annual Save the Frogs Art Contest?

Frog Art Contest

The 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest will opened on January 15th and runs through October 15th, 2012. All ages and nationalities are welcome to enter the contest. Schools and homeschoolers are encouraged to participate on the 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 28th 2013)!

Who can enter?

Anybody! Save the Frogs encourages students and teachers to get their art classes involved. Homeschoolers are invited to participate as well. They encourage amateur and professional artists and graphic designers to take part. The more countries represented the better!

The contest is free to enter!

The Frog Wins Again - Cartoon Frog

Frog Wins Again!
Frog Wins Again! | Source

House Under The Frogs in Bielsko-Biaua, Poland - Frog Art above the Door

House Under The Frogs in Bielsko-BiaÅa
House Under The Frogs in Bielsko-BiaÅa | Source

Frogs of Poland

Frogs can be found all over the world and have inspired many different artists in many different countries and cultures. These frogs sit atop the doorway to a house in Poland. How casual and relaxed they look! A couple of frog friends sharing in 1795, sharing a pleasant afternoon.

One day we decided to take the idea of these frogs and set up our block area to resemble the frogs over the doorway. We made the doorway from large wooden blocks and used a couple of stuffed animal frogs as models. We dressed the frogs in doll clothes. Then we gave one a guitar and the other a glass of water.

We used these frogs as models for painting. We set up an easel and children were encouraged to paint the frogs during rotation centers.

Ribbiting tales of Frog Art

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      6 years ago

      woo, nice images for frog

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      7 years ago

      Wow, I feel like I am in the frog kingdom..great work

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      7 years ago

      Lots of cool artistic frog ideas!

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      7 years ago

      Ribbit! Ribbit! Bless your lens!

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Since high school, I have not drawn a frog. These are worth trying.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love all your Frog Art. Happy International Teacher's Day

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful frog art. I like these art, Nice lens.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love your frogs!

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      nightbear lm 

      8 years ago

      Just delightful. I would have loved to have been a child in a class of yours.

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      Lisa Morris 

      8 years ago

      Very cute frog art.

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      8 years ago

      This frog art center is really cool and looks like so much fun for adults and kids.

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      8 years ago

      super lens:)

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      8 years ago

      Great tips.

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      8 years ago

      So much wonderful tips and information here! The green frogs are Green-Liked for St. Patrick's Day! (and angel-blessed, too!)

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      8 years ago from South Africa

      What a great lens. Blessed

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      8 years ago

      Really nice Frog Art lens. My Mother-In-Law collects frogs and she would just love this lens.

      Great work, thanks for sharing... :) Liked,Shared and *Blessed*

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      Francis Luxford 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love all the different drawings and artwork!

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      8 years ago

      Frogs painted with coffee!!! Those are two of my favorite things all rolled up into one very cool package! I've always struggled with visual art, but I may actually have to give that a whirl... I'd love to hang a coffee frog on my wall!

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      8 years ago

      I love those happy frogs! :)

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      9 years ago

      Wow, this lens gives me a lot of craft ideas for making frogs! Thanks!

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      Close2Art LM 

      9 years ago

      love the frogs...rwjr

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      phoenix arizona f 

      9 years ago

      Cool artwork of frogs.

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      ForestBear LM 

      9 years ago

      very cute lens, I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing

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      9 years ago

      What a blast - ribbit ribbit - thanks for the awesome frog art. I am going to feature this lens on my Frog Gifts pages - ribbit ribbit - it's a real asset, many thanks -:))

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      an informative page about frogs. i enjoyed my visit. thanks

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      akumar46 lm 

      9 years ago

      Frogs are amazing creatures.Nice and informative lens....thanks.

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      sushilkin lm 

      9 years ago

      Such a nice lens. Thanks for Sharing !!

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      9 years ago

      wow i never knew coffee could be used to paint a frog! great lens! cheers

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      9 years ago

      Really love your frog art. It's very nice frog art unit study with cool how to instruction. 5 frog loving stars for you .. dear, Evelyn :) Have a wonderful 2011 year and forever ;)

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      9 years ago

      Adorable lens! As soon as I saw the title "Frog Art", I said to myself, that has to be Evelyn's lens! lol!!! Thank you for all of the very creative ideas.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens. It spoke to the froglover in me.

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      10 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

      I love the frog bookcase shown.

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      10 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

      I love the frog bookcase shown.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      This lens is included in the Best Review - Top 10 Frog Pages - Games and Activities for a Frog Unit Study

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      This lens is included in the Best Review - Top 10 Frog Pages - Games and Activities for a Frog Unit Study

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      Karen Kay 

      10 years ago from Jackson, MS

      What is it about froggies that make them so much fun? I love it! (gonna try the cut out thingie)

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      Liz Mackay 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love those frogs

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      10 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.

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      10 years ago

      yay froggies!! awesome lens! :D

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      Michelle Collins 

      10 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I have not painted any frogs yet....hmmm..

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      oztoo lm 

      10 years ago

      Great frog art activities. I've never tried to paint a frog. Might have to give it a go.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      @anonymous: I am so glad you stopped by to paint with the frogs :)

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      10 years ago

      My goodness, what a WONDERFUL lens. Thank you.

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      Yvonne L B 

      10 years ago from Covington, LA

      Some of your froggy lenses have been featured on our new Bullfrogs of Louisiana ( ).

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      Yvonne L B 

      10 years ago from Covington, LA

      Some of your froggy lenses have been featured on our new Bullfrogs of Louisiana ( ).

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      @debraanne: I too am looking forward to the day that I have grandchildren to share these froggy art projects with.

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      10 years ago

      This lens makes me wish my kids were still little so we could try these activities! Guess I'll just have to wait for grandchildren!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      @Ramkitten2000: Thank you so much, Ramkitten, What beautiful notebooks you must have had.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      10 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Funny, some of those frog sketches look exactly like what I used to draw all over my text book covers when I was in junior high school, which is more than twenty years ago. Funny how those cartoons don't really change.

      Another excellent lens, Evelyn. You put so much work and attention to detail into them!

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      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You would laugh if you could see me now. Little guy is looking over my shoulder excitedly saying, "Can we make that, Mom? Ohhh, that one, too! That one's cute!" - I guess in 2nd grade language that would mean 5*!


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      Tom Fattes 

      11 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Another great lens. Frogs are so much fun, its amazing how attracted kids are to them. Can't wait to try the frog cake.

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      11 years ago

      Very nice lens :) Thanks for the "Little Frog"!

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      11 years ago

      Great lense about frog art! I made Origami Frogs in my childhood...

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      11 years ago

      Love the frog cakes!

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      11 years ago

      Nice frog art and all the frog goodies. I love the cut out. Super cool lens.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Cleave ideas.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      11 years ago

      I love the origami frogs! Forgot about them. Wonderful lens as usual. :) 5*

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      nightbear lm 

      11 years ago

      I love your lens. What clever ideas. You must have a very busy brain indeed.

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      11 years ago from England

      Who knew you could do so much with frogs? I'm sure the children you work with must gain so much from your inspirational teaching ;)

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      11 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this fine lens, Evelyn! :-)

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      11 years ago

      Frogs are cool! I have a frog kingdom in my backyard, they love the rocks and water dishes I keep for them. How about frog stepping stones? ;)

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      Lee Hansen 

      11 years ago from Vermont

      I love frogs! They're one of my favorite photo subjects, along with toads and birds. I'm so happy we have a small garden pond in our yard to attract frogs and other water-lovers.


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