My Daily Blog

Simple Landscape
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Learning perspective starts with noticing that the closer objects are, the bigger they appear. If students draw a landscape with just large trees and a small house, they are guaranteed to end up with a drawing that has depth to it. 1. Draw a simple small house... Read More

Draw a Daffodil
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If you find yourself drawing the same tulips and daisies over and over again, try this daffodil to mix things up. It’s simple cup shape and yellow color make for a really pretty picture. • View and download Daffodil PDF Tutorial Read More

Flying Umbrella Kid Tutorial
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This little drawing idea came from a stock art image, one of my favorite places to get inspired. As it is currently a rainy and windy night here in LA, I thought I’d make a tutorial for my drawing class tomorrow. I intentionally kept the child looking... Read More

Book Preview at Art Retreat 2016
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If you’re daydreaming about doing something creative this summer, would love to be pampered while you do it, and don’t like crowds, consider signing up for my 3rd annual Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN. It will be held for a nice long weekend, July 7-10, for... Read More

Giant Rainbow Canvas
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In honor of Earth Day, three consecutive classes (graders 2 and 3) made this today. I do believe that trash never looked so good! 1. I drew rainbow lines in marker on an old stretched canvas. 2. Students cut lots of swatches while I applied them with... Read More

Earth Day Door Poster
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My friend Simona shared her daughter’s classroom Earth Day mural with me awhile back. I think it’s spectacular! I thought it might inspire a few more artists before Tuesday’s Earth Day festivities. My Earth Day Doodle Mural comes in two sizes, one perfect for doors, and can... Read More

Mosaic CD Coaster
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I found this great idea over at Mini Matisse. I love how the plastic case makes a nice sturdy frame to work with, and the clear closure lets you just admire the colorful beans when you are done. 1. Several varieties of dried beans are needed, just... Read More

Giant Rainbow Collage
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In honor of Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd, I’d like to repost a project from a few years ago. Shown here is the finished rainbow collage, all covered in clear packing tape, trimmed out and ready to hang. Final size, approx. 7 feet wide by... Read More