Chris Uphues Inspired Heart Art Project for Kids

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Today we’re going to combine a classic Valentine’s craft with two unique painting techniques as we create a fun Heart Art Project for Kids inspired by a contemporary artist. Fine motor skills will be on full display as little fingers paint, cut, glue, and even drive around a bit! Incorporating non-traditional materials/tools such as paper towels and toy cars into the art-making process will keep children highly engaged and excited to create! Our bright and bold hearts will be adorned with faces that promote joy and love and are just perfect for Valentine’s Day!


About Chris Uphues

Chris Uphues is an American artist living and working in New York City. He has been described as a painter, designer, and street artist. His colorful artwork is inspired by pop culture. He is most famous for his bright and bold heart paintings adorned with happy and often smiling faces. His work can be found on buildings, t-shirts, wood, and paper. When I look at his work, I can’t help but smile as it vibrates happiness! For more information, visit

Heart Art Project Inspired by Chris Uphues

Art From the Heart

Handmade valentines are some of my favorite art projects to make with young learners. It amplifies the important act of creating and gifting art to someone else. It can help children build confidence, demonstrate kindness, and build community. Children can experience how they can have a powerful and positive impact on others. 


I love to use watercolor paints with my youngest artists. Oftentimes though, puddles of water overpower the artwork, and the bright and bold colors get washed away. I recommend practicing the watercolor painting process on a paper towel before using costly watercolor paper. As a result, the paper towel will absorb any excess water. The texture will allow the colors to blend and bleed together beautifully and create a tie-dye look.

Materials for Heart Art Project for Kids

  • Construction Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Watercolors
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • White Glue
  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Sharpie
  • Toy Cars
Materials for Chris Uphues Heart Craft

Step-by-Step Directions to make Uphues Inspired Heart Art 

Drive Around!

Dip the wheels of a toy car into paint and drive all over a piece of construction paper. As a result, lines of action and movement will be created. This will add excitement and energy to your piece of art. Let it dry.

Heart Craft for Valentine_s Day-Step 2

Paint Away!

Rip a piece of paper towel and tape it to a piece of scrap paper. The paper will keep the table clean as some paint and water will bleed through the paper towel. Draw a heart on the paper towel and paint with watercolors. I often remind children to go “round and round” with the brush in the paint cakes to capture the bold pigment. Let the paint dry and remove the work from the scrap paper.

Valentine_s Day Heart Art Project for Kids-Step 1

Teacher Tip: I recommend name-brand paper towels such as Bounty rather than a bargain brand as they are more absorbent and durable. 

Cut and Glue!

Cut out the heart and glue it to the background paper you painted earlier. 

Teacher Tip: I recommend using white glue as a glue stick may rip the paper towel. 

Make a Face!

Cut out eyes and a mouth from construction paper. Use a sharpie to add other details, such as eyelashes, eyebrows, and a nose.

Dress Up!

Cut out a few items for your heart to wear including a hat, hairbow, or bowtie. 

Chris Uphues Heart Art Project for Kids-Finished

Thank you for giving this lesson a try! I’d love to see your work. Please tag @fantasticfunandlearning and @youngschoolartwithmr.g on Instagram.


Learn more about Vin here on his author bio page. Follow along with him on Facebook at Young School Art with Mr. Giannetto and on Instagram @youngschoolartwithmr.g for art project ideas.



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