Go "Green" with Red, White, and Blue Canvas Tote

Lesson Plan, Grades K-12, Sax Lesson Plans, Art, Earth Science, Sax, School Smart, Prang, Solucryl, Royal


Encourage environmental awareness and celebrate Independence Day with this patriotic tote! In this lesson participants will use an acrylic medium to design a reusable, washable canvas grocery tote. The Solucryl acrylic paint used in this lesson is also a “recyclable” product, because it is an acrylic that reconstitutes with water on your pallet so there is no waste!


  • Students will study and learn about the effect of plastics in our landfills.
  • Students will create their own patriotic patterns and designs for fabric decoration on the canvas tote.
  • Students will complete the designs using texture, overlap, blending and color mixing to create desired effects.
  • Students will learn about new materials and processes using Solucryl paints.

Supplies Needed

Sax® Design Your Own Carry-All Tote, 14” x 16” 447671
Solucryl Acrylic Paint, Quart, Crimson 410920
Solucryl Acrylic Paint, Quart, Deep Blue 410914
Solucryl Acrylic Paint, Quart, White 410907
Solucryl™ Acrylic Permanent Medium, Quart 410904
Royal® Sable Brush Super Value Pack, Set of 120 409325
Roylco Dip & Print Sponges Numbers, Shapes and Letters Classroom Pack 209336
School Smart Unique Shape Sponge Roller Set - Set of 4 085729
You will also need:
School Smart Super Value 50 pound Drawing Paper, 18 x 24, Pack of 500, White 085609
Prang Colored Pencils, Set of 12 Assorted Colors 405826
School Smart Plastic Paint Tray with Cover, Pack of 12 085860
Scrap cardboard to insert in tote during painting


CONTENT Standard #1: Understanding and applying media techniques and processes.
CONTENT Standard #6: Making connections between visual art and other disciplines.



Students design art-work for canvas tote on drawing paper (these could be environmentally-related designs or studies in landscape or pattern).


When students are ready to paint, place cardboard inside tote for reinforcement.


Add Solucryl Permanent Medium to the Solucryl acrylic colors they are going to use at a 1:1 ratio and apply with a brush, being careful to keep the paint film thin. Keep brushes wet while working and clean up with water and soap.


Allow the paint to dry and the tote is ready for use. Always let the paint cure for at least 3-5 days before washing. When necessary, wash in cold water and tumble dry.