My Daily Blog

Zazzle Fundraiser for Haiti
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These watercolor elephants were painted by some of my 4th students last spring. They all did such an amazing job that I decided to feature their art on my newest fundraiser for my friend in Haiti. Winter runs a school for the poorest of kids in Port-Au-Prince,... Read More

Circle Grid Tree
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This circle grid tree idea has been all over Pinterest for awhile, if anyone knows who first thought of this abstract pattern, I’d love to know. The simplicity of it is just beautiful. I’m going to use it as one of my fall art fundraiser projects (I... Read More

Kinder’s First Art Project
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As summer winds down, I’m starting to plan for the first few weeks of school. Given that our big art fundraiser happens each fall, I try to work ahead and line up some of my most colorful projects first as it takes a few weeks to make... Read More

Three Reasons (I think) Why my Sharpie Book Happened
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It’s just about wrapped up, my very first art book is in it’s final production stages and then soon will go off to the printer. I can’t tell you what milestone this is in my life. Ten short years ago I was really struggling to survive on... Read More

Draw a Big Head Cat
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If I have learned just one thing from years of making tutorials for kids, it’s that simple symmetrical shapes work best for the youngest of artists. This cute cat drawing is a great example, and thus a good beginner project. • View and download Big Head Cat... Read More

Elements of Art Letter Page
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Here is an Elements template I developed last year for my students, but it was in our 6″ x 9″ art journal format. I’ve reconfigured it to a letter size so it would be useful for others as well. I’ve tried many different approaches to teaching this... Read More

“Big Eyes” Self Portrait
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You may be familiar with the story of Margaret Keane as told in the 2014 movie “Big Eyes”, but did you know these other interesting facts? • Margaret painted children with over-sized doe like eyes as early as age 10, it was a life long fascination with... Read More

Draw a Corgi Dog
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Here’s how you can draw a Corgi, because he’s got his own cute little stubby features that are not like any other dog. • View and download Corgi Dog PDF Tutorial Save Save Save Read More