illustration of ink bottle and pigs in a car from Beautiful Oops!

Turn a Mistake Into Something Beautiful

Book Recommendation

Beautiful Oops!

Barney Saltzberg

We all make mistakes, but then what?

This engaging book will encourage students to turn a drip or torn paper into a work of art.

Prompting Questions:

  • Describe a time when you said "oops!"
  • Next time you accidentally drip on a piece of paper, what will you do?
  • What can you do when you make a mistake?

Related Creative Activities

Portrait of a man
Lesson Plan

A Portrait of One’s Own

After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.