My Daily Blog

Student Portfolios
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Looking for inexpensive student portfolios? Tired of stuffing your student’s art in floppy folders that don’t stand up and are hard to work with? Try this solution, with the help of your local pizzeria. I got mine from Antonio’s Pizzeria, in Sherman Oaks, CA. MATERIALS • Donated... Read More

How to Draw An Apple, and Shade it Like a Pro
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If you want to learn how to draw an apple, you don’t have to settle for just a flat shape. Add a white highlight and shaded side and bam! Pretty real looking fruit. Thank you messy-but-you-do-your-job chalk pastels. MATERIALS • Colored paper, I used Recollections Card Stock... Read More

Terra Cotta Ceramic Owl Project
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I tried this ceramic owl project out this week, and loved the simplicity of it. I have learned that children really enjoy working with clay, but class-wide skill levels vary so much that it’s not easy to find ideas that work for everyone, or even almost everyone.... Read More

Draw a Polar Bear
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Here is a very simple but very cute way to draw a polar bear. He is made of just a few simple, symmetrical shapes, but if you arrange them the way I have shown, they make an unmistakable bear. • View and download Polar Bear Tutorial MATERIALS... Read More

How to Draw a Gorilla
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Cute animals are always fun to draw, but here’s how to draw a gorilla with a little attitude. He is made up of just a few simple shapes and if you follow my recommended order, I’ve found that even kinders can make a pretty mean looking work... Read More

Easy Snowflake Art with Paint and Paper
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Here is one way to make easy snowflake art with paint and paper. Try blending several shades of blue on good watercolor paper and sprinkle salt to add more texture. Brush it off when dry and glue down punched out paper snowflakes. Super simple and gets amazing... Read More

Abstract Art Cat
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Turn a simple drawing into an Abstract Art Cat by just dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. Neat coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will not have the same effect as this amazing young student’s art. Not up for the... Read More

Halloween Recycle Craft Project
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A friend has been saving these old saline bottles for quite awhile, and I finally had a chance to think up a Halloween recycle craft project for them. My reliable Sharpie markers came through, once again. I love how they can fill surfaces with bright smooth color,... Read More