by TeacherLem Iglesias

Similar to our last post on lino cut printing, this next art project relies heavily on patterns. So, it’s always a good idea to have a refresher lesson on patterns before proceeding. This project is easy to prepare, simple to understand and quick to finish. Perfect for those Monday mornings when most teachers are rushing to decide “what to do, what to do, what to do?” for a  first period art class 🙂



Samples Created by: Primary 5H

Age: 9-10 years old


  • Paper Cup

  • Pencil

  • Black Marker

  • Coloured Marker


To prepare my students for the project, we started by drawing patterns on a sheet of A5 paper. See the instructions from one of my slides below:

Paper Cup_1

The patterns they will create will later be used for their final design for the paper cup.

Also, prior to distributing the materials for the activity, I showed them samples  of awesome cup designs by Bernadette Moke and Brita Lynn Thompson— note: Starbucks DID NOT sponsor this blog post!!!—it’s just that these are the best examples to be found online (photos below).

by Bernadette Moke

by Bernadette Moke

by Brita Lynn Thompson

by Brita Lynn Thompson


Photo images of the procedure courtesy of the awesome Heather Rooney >> CLICK THIS for more of her artworks on YouTube.

STEP 1: Draw you final design on the paper cup with a pencil

Start with a pencil drawing

Start with a pencil drawing.

Redraw the pattern from the A5 paper (see PREPARATION part) on the paper cup using a pencil. One thing we learned was to place a tight number of tissue paper inside the cup to prevent it from getting crumpled with the pressure of the pencil. Advice your students to also be aware of narrow spaces between each line to avoid overlapping, which leads to difficult small spaces to colour later on.

STEP 2: Draw over your pencil lines using a black marker

Finalise lines with a black marker

Finalise lines with a black marker.

The best type of material for this phase would either be a marker with a .05 or a .07 point to be able to create fine lines. In some cases the ink bleeds into a thick line once it touches the paper cup depending on the type of paper cup you will use. So, it’s always safe to start with a thin line.

STEP 3: Colour the areas of your choice using coloured markers

Finish up with coloured markers.

Finish up with coloured markers.

The easiest part would be colouring the design. This is the part is where students have a lot of fun with crazy, unpredictable colour combinations. I do tell them to limit their colours to about 3-5 colours to avoid really going overboard and end up with a messy looking work.


See our blog post about EXHIBITION, PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION (please create a specific criteria for this project) >> CLICK THIS LINK.


Here are sample results from this activity from my Primary 5H class. We learned that the best way to display these personally designed paper cups is to hang them on a “laundry line” using clips (see photos).

Hang 'em high for display.

Hang ’em high for display.

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Thanks for the VIDEOS …

Video on Refresher on Pattern Design:

HelloArtsy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpGNXwh8F8E

Video of the How to Design the Cups / Screen Caps of Procedure:

Heather Rooney— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIAKDDbg4sI

Thanks for the PHOTOS…

Photos of Cup Designs –



More ART PROJECT PHOTOS… CLICK THIS LINK>>  https://instagram.com/teacherlem/

I hope you and your kids will have as much fun as we did with this project.

See you next Saturday    🙂


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