Draw the Eiffel Tower
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The Eiffel Tower is a beautiful structure like no other, but it seems to the any drawing tutorials out there are either overly simple or overly complex. This tutorial I worked up last week worked amazing well with my afterschool drawing class. • View and download Eiffel Tower Tutorial

Model Magic Giraffe
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This adorable little fellow was made by a kinder today. A KINDER. All I did was show the basics of making a ball body, small legs, neck with a stick inside for strength, and a simple face. Dominic here figured out that the ears needed to be two toned, the nose point with black nostrils, the … Read More

Color Mixing Birdies
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This is one of my ‘keeper” kinder projects, so much more fun than painting a boring color wheel. Give students wide sheet of paper as shown. Have them first trace a circle in the center, then one on the left and one on the right. They add beaks, eyes, wings, feet and tail as shown. Students … Read More

Oil Pastel Hearts
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This project actually did triple duty last year: continued the student’s study of warm and cool colors, taught them about a Pop artist named Jim Dine, and provided a colorful picture that I think will work for our annual fundraiser with Original Works. 1. After viewing some of Jim Dine’s painting to see his style, students … Read More

Pop Out Hearts
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I’m sure I first saw this project somewhere in on Pinterest, but I’m not sure where. All I know is that last year (almost) every kinder could make these hearts by the time class was over. PREP: A 2″ heart punch from JoAnns or Michaels is vital. Both stores also sell pads of scrapbook paper that … Read More

George Washington + Pop Art
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You can give Mr. Washington a contemporary look by only using three colors on my downloadable coloring page. Just follow the directions below. View and download Washington PDF file 1. Use a black marker to fill in the darkest gray area. 2. Use two other similar colors (dark blue / light blue, or dark green / … Read More

Polka Dotted Rooster
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Today my Model Magic students made this polka dotted rooster, inspired by some figurines seen over at Etsy. It’s basically a bird shape with lots of white spots and cartoony face as shown. To display their creation, a “crate” was made with popsicle sticks. They had a ball adding straw, and nests, and little babies with … Read More

Giant Cardboard Glasses
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Look at all these adorable glasses made from some old Cheez it boxes. It took a bit of prep work, but I love the creativity that came out with them. • View and download Giant Glasses PDF template PREP: I cut cardboard rectangles, about 8″ x 3.25″, and traced the frame on each. The inside holes … Read More

Sticker Snowmen
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Students can learn how to make their snowmen come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do this all with stickers and markers makes it even more fun. 1. Cut lots of cool colored paper into the ATC size: 2.5″ x 3.5″. Students … Read More

New Paper Mache Project
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All my Model Magic containers are getting recycled into a new paper mache project. (Just more proof why art teachers never throw anything away!) These little ho-hum plastic containers are going to turn into some pretty crazy square heads in just a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Chinese New Year Mural 2016
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Just in time for the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8th, the year of the monkey. You can purchase and download my PDF template for $5 and print as many murals as your heart desires. Please visit my PDF SHOP for more info.

Watercolor Jewels
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Here’s what my Art Trading Card students did last week, a series of jewel shapes that were painted with watercolor and topped with glitter paint. I diagrammed on the board how to draw each jewel first, mostly starting with the inside shapes and then working out. I keep seeing that most students handle drawing straight lines … Read More

Save the Date for Art Retreat
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I don’t know about you, but this is my idea of heaven. Working on art projects with new friends, eating gourmet food, while relaxing in an historic old house for one, long lazy weekend. That’s what will happen this summer during my 3rd annual Whitney Hill Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN, July 7-9. Stay tuned … Read More

Model Magic Duck
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Here’s a little duck that was made from a 1 oz. bag of yellow Model Magic, a little red (to mix to make orange), and some googly eyes. This media continues to be one of my most popular after school classes. I think the fact that students can quickly make a very finished looking colorful creature … Read More

Sophia’s Collage
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This has to be one of my most favorite collages ever. Fourth graders were challenged to make a new person or animal by combining at least two magazine photos. Sophia was drawing a blank for most of the class, and then I turn around to see this. I just can’t get over how perfect it is, … Read More

Patterned Marker Cat
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This drawing was inspired by artist Heather Galler. I simplified some of her details, but kept the basic brilliant idea of a cat filled with patterns for my next afterschool drawing class. 1. My favorite combo is using Sharpies and fingerpaint paper, which has a shiny coat to it. Students begin by drawing a cat head … Read More

I’m a Finalist!
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I am thrilled to find I have been named a finalist in the Art of Ed Blog of the Year Contest. The Art of Ed, an amazing source for art teachers, holds this contest every year and the final voting process has just begun. If you would like to vote for me, just follow the link. … Read More

Finish the Wolf Face
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When students have a photo to refer to, I think they are often pleasantly surprised at what they can draw. • View and download Wolf Face Template 1.  Students start by looking for the edges of the wolf head, nose and eyes and lightly sketch them in with a pencil. 2. Working in layers, students first … Read More

Rainy Day Journaling
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This is a quick project I used in my last rainy day Art Journal Class. I’m always on the lookout for ways to layer art, and these tissue paper rain drops worked really well. 1. All the students made a border around a new page. Could be straight, scallop, zig-zag, anything to add a little more … Read More

Dashiel’s Bird
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From today’s Model Magic class. I showed students how to make a fancy bird with long trailing feathers and Dashiel, a 3rd grader, showed me how to make a bird with spikes. Lots of spikes. I totally love it.

Chagall Surrealism Painting
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Marc Chagall, one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, created many paintings that were a dreamlike, surreal tribute to his native village of Vitebsk. In order to have students connect with the idea of Surrealism, I’m going to have them create a painting that has some elements upside down, and some out of … Read More

Jasper Johns Painting Collage
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Jasper Johns is an American artist whose richly covered number paintings rose to prominence in the 1950s. I created this project awhile back so students could make a miniature version, and recycle an old CD case as well. 1. Six 1 1/2″ foam numbers or letters are arranged on an old CD case, the 1/4″ thick … Read More

Martin Luther King Silhouette
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Here’s a start to a MLK project that children can customize however they want. It begins with coffee filter, template and black Sharpie, and ends with an added message and watercolor paint. • View and download MLK Dream PDF template PREP: Press 9.5″ wide coffee filters with a steam iron. Print out a template for each … Read More

Martin Luther King Mural Template, $5
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Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated on January 18th, and my $5 PDF mural template can help children celebrate the life of this amazing man. Each child colors one sheet from the pdf file, and when they are all taped together, you will have a large mural that measures 48″ x 60″. No fancy supplies … Read More

Draw a Raccoon Head
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And to finish the larger animal head series . . . a Raccoon. • View and download Raccoon PDF Tutorial

Draw A Mouse Head
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Another fun head to draw that starts with an easy rectangle. • View and download Mouse Head PDF Tutorial

Martin Luther King Template
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To support all the upcoming lessons about Martin Luther King, I’d like to offer this posterized letter size version of my MLK mural. It’s simplified into two shades, dark and light. I printed my sample out on a grey card stock, colored the darkest with a black marker, and the lighter with gray, and then the … Read More

Draw a Cow Head
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Last year I found a series of very cute animal heads that were all based on rectangles. I’ve been meaning to share them as they worked so well, so I’m going to spend the rest of the week doing just that, starting with this cow. • View and download Cow Head Tutorial

Draw a Cement Truck
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Studying transportation? A cement truck is made of some pretty fun shapes that are not hard to draw, if you break them down into steps. • View and download Cement Mixing Truck Tutorial

George Washington Quarter
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As a followup to the Penny Project, here is a template for making a George Washington Quarter. Just download the template below, trace onto a flattened coffee filter, and paint with gray watercolor paint. Try making a little darker gray paint and adding it to shadowy areas. Happy President’s Day! • View and download Quarter PDF … Read More

President’s Day Penny
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There’s more than one way to shade with watercolor paint. For a more subtle result, try making several layers of one color to add some shadows to your art. This penny is made by tracing the art onto a coffee filter, and then painting brown, some areas more than others. A pretty fun way to mix … Read More

Starry Night Mural from France
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This is what makes blogging so incredibly rewarding, getting emails like this. “I’m a french ex-teacher who helps in the village where I live. Today and tomorrow we’re having an exhibition about houses in our villages and a second exhibition … showing what kids have done related to the houses. One of the project has been … Read More

Victorian Winter House
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Old-fashioned buildings are the stuff of storytelling, so I think they are fun for children to focus on once in awhile. This painting was made by Ruby, a talented kinder. I love how colorful her home is. Thanks Ruby for letting me share it!

Winter Town Tutorial
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This old fashioned winter town is fun for those that enjoy drawing buildings. I’ve found it helpful for students to use grid paper, so I made a custom sheet and tutorial that I am happy to share. • View and download Draw a Winter Town Tutorial 1. Draw ground line and four building rectangles. 2. Add … Read More

Draw the Grinch
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The Grinch’s very mischievous face is easy to draw if you break him down into steps. I’m going to see if I can play my favorite “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” song when my students draw him next week. • View and download the Grinch Tutorial

Model Magic Hungry Caterpillar
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Turns out you can make a pretty close imitation of Eric Carle’s famous “Hungry Caterpillar” with just a little bit of blue, yellow and red Model Magic. Students mixed the blue and yellow to make their green, and then added a little red head to look just like the original. A little purple for the antenna … Read More

Torn Tissue Poinsettias
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Tearing shapes from tissue paper can create some very organic shapes, and end up looking pretty similar to poinsettia leaves. 1. Rectangles of red, green and yellow tissue paper are needed (the craft kind, NOT any that says ‘bleeding paper‘). There is a grain to the paper which makes it easier to tear in one direction … Read More

Bleeding Tissue Paper Skies
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This was such a fun discovery today. Turns out if you cut blue and purple Pacon Tissue Paper into small squares, and apply them with water to watercolor paper, they leave behind the most amazing swirly winter looking skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it … Read More

Torn Trees with Shadows
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Here’s my version of a winter landscape project with shadows. The torn paper really adds to the organic look of the trees. Paint a 9″ x 12″ sheet of paper with black or brown tempera paint. Dab with a paper towel to dry. Set aside to dry more before tearing. Paint a blue sky with tempera … Read More

Draw a Shop
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Here is a very simple plan for drawing a shop, which students can customize to their liking. Pets, candy, clothes, toys, etc. I love the version that this little first grader named Clara did. • View and download Draw a Shop Tutorial

Sticker Spheres
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I just discovered that crayons look really great on your average multi-purpose label, especially when placed on black paper. And if you color one side a little darker than the other, your circles will suddenly look more like spheres.

Snowman Snow Globe
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Here’s a very kid-friendly way to make a snow globe. All you need is a plastic cup with attached lid, and some Model Magic. Form a snowman, add a colorful hat and stick arms and you’re got a very cute gift for someone special.

Nutcrackers with Fancy Patterns
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You wouldn’t believe what a little gold can do for a painting. These nutcrackers looked nice when painted with tempera cake paints last week. But adding some metallic marker details today, along with a gold background, really made a difference. These three gentlemen were created by second graders.

Santa Bear in Tempera Paint
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This Santa Bear is a great project for those as young as kinder or so. The simple shapes make him so cute, pretty much no matter what. • View and download Bear Tutorial

Matchbox with Mini Pom Poms
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My afterschool Matchbox kids did a great job today, as they experimented with adding mini pom poms to their drawings. These two amazing 2nd graders, Rebecca and Violet, made them with both Hanukkah and Christmas in mind. Follow the link below to download the box templates and instructions. • View and download Matchbox Tutorial

Kinder Candle Cards
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Making holiday cards with kinders may sound like a fairly simple task, until you factor in all the details. Is it doable with a wide range of abilities? Is it flexible for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or neither? Can students learn a new skill with it? And in the end, will it (hopefully) make a good looking … Read More

Pom Pom Ball Ornaments
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I was inspired by some fabric ornaments I saw at Anthropologie, but Michaels pom poms come in such great colors that I like mine even better. A bonus is that they take just about 30 min. to make. 1. You can get every one of these items at Michaels: Pom poms, dressmaker pins, ribbon and styrofoam … Read More

Tempera Nutcrackers
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Here’s what my students are doing this week, drawing a Nutcracker and then painting him with tempera paint. They started with a 6″ x 18″ sheet of paper that was folded in half twice to create some guide lines. For a PDF tutorial, see yesterday’s posting. If students follow the directions, the drawing will fill the … Read More

Draw a Fancy Nutcracker
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I’ve found that very simple nutcrackers are a great body proportion lesson, not to mention practice in symmetry, but I’d like to offer my older students some more creative ideas on how to draw one. This guy here should do the job, plus students can give him a fancy finish when complete, with a silver Sharpie … Read More

Cool New Strathmore Paper
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Look what just came in the mail! Yep, that’s my artwork on the cover. It’s a brand-new paper by Strathmore that is thick and very black. Perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. You can follow the steps below to see just how I made this art. Once the design was … Read More

Starry Snowy Night
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One of the less used shading techniques with watercolor paint is to simply layer colors. This Starry Night inspired painting has some added depth in the sky because the swirl lines were traced with an extra layer of blue. It’s an easy option for students to try before they go on to tinting and shading with … Read More

Draw a Simple Fox
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Here’s another addition to my collection of fox drawing tutorials. There is just something about them that’s so fun to draw, and this one is on the extra simple side. • View and download Simple Fox Tutorial

Turkey Print
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The idea of turning a hand into a turkey has been around for awhile. Here’s a twist using a craft foam hand and acrylic paint to make a simple and easy monoprint. Prep: Craft foam hands are sold in lots of craft stores. Glue each with craft glue onto a large (10″ x 13″ish) piece of … Read More

Line Art Leaf
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Students were asked to simply trace a leaf drawing, and fill the inside sections with different patterns using a Sharpie marker. I challenged them to try to make all 10 patterns different. Those that did and drew with lots of detail, had amazing results. Can you believe these samples were done by 2nd graders? • View … Read More

Matchbox Barn and Turkey
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Here’s another matchbox art idea – making a turkey from pom poms and felt, and keeping him in a box colored to look like a barn. This may be more craftsy than artsy, but I’m all for teaching kids that making their toys is so much more rewarding than buying them. • View and download Matchbox … Read More

Penguin Art Show
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OK, get ready for a little penguin art show. My students (grade K to 4) once again astounded me with what they can create with Model Magic. They just need a starting point and then they are off and running…

Model Magic Penguin
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I’m starting my 8th week of Model Magic classes after school, and have learned over and over again why kids are so drawn to the stuff. It’s super soft and easy to manipulate, sticks together wonderfully, and creates a fully colored sculpture when complete. No painting or drying time, the art goes home to enjoy right … Read More

Things Made of Wood
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I found some very cool wood-looking ribbon at Michaels recently, and knew it would be perfect for an ATC project. After brainstorming about all the things that were made from wood, students used the ribbon to make a collage. Log cabin, tree trunk, furniture … you name it, my kids thought of it all!

Turkey, Turkey
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Looking for some turkey art inspiration? Here are some variations I’ve tried over the years. Marker, watercolor, tempera and poster markers – they all start with this PDF tutorial that I am happy to share below. • View and download Turkey PDF Tutorial

Clay Thumb Owl
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Here’s a non-firing option for finishing a clay project that I was happy to try out last year. My students loved making these Thumb Owls, but firing them twice would have added hours to my day, so hence this painted solution. It’s just glossy acrylic paint with black crayon rubbing to give it some visual texture. … Read More

Tempera Painting and Oil Pastels
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Tempera cake paints can make a very colorful painting, but there’s nothing like a dark edge to make shapes really pop. A quick and easy solution for kinders and up is to have them trace their finished art with a black oil pastel. The dark edge adds a finishing touch and can really add some boldness … Read More

Matchbox Art with Leaves
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I’m continuing this class after school, which starts with a pre-folded box and allows students to color the inside insert and wrapper. I just found this leaf punch, which is the perfect size for creating a mini leaf collection. • View and Download Box template

Draw a Hippo Head
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I enjoyed making a series of animal face tutorials recently, and this Hippo was my favorite. They have very unique heads, which are pretty easy to draw if you just break them down into steps. Enjoy! • View and download Hippo Head PDF Tutorial

Big Head Kid Drawings
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I revisited this previous drawing project today, with successful results, even for kinders. Students trace a CD for a head, draw large features inside, but then make the body very small. It makes for good drawing practice, without the need for making anything in the right proportion. In fact, silly sizes make it extra fun!

More Harvest Festival Banners
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More banners from last week’s Harvest Festival. I really liked how the Indian corn worked out. Just to summarize, I sketched the art on a long piece of butcher paper (about 6 ft. tall) and my 4th graders traced with a Sharpie and colored it in with crayons. Lots and lots of crayons.

Totem Pole ATC Cards
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I love how trading card sleeves allow for some puzzle-like layouts, so I’ve made a template that lets students create their own totem pole. • View and download Totem Pole PDF file PREP: A totem sheet is printed for each student, and cut out. Students “build” their totem pole and trace all the lines with a … Read More

Mayflower Map
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 Lately I’m finding benefits to creating some tracing projects. It requires focus (so the room gets really quiet!) and I think students find it soothing somehow. This was made by tracing a map onto tissue paper, and then adding info and coloring with watercolor paint. I love how the paint makes the paper wrinkle, just like … Read More

Harvest Festival Banners
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What do you do when you have just a few days to make decorations for a school festival? Good old crayons, a roll of butcher paper, and lots of student elbow grease. These 20 banners are about 6′ tall, took 2 classes of 35 fourth graders to complete, and do their job pretty well. Painting with … Read More

Map Tracing
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I’ve found another use for my supply of dry wax paper, which is my staple for canvas portrait art. The paper is perfect for tracing, painting and crumbling, as in making “old” maps. Lots of possibilities for Columbus Day and Thanksgiving art projects. 1. A class was studying ancient Greece, so I googled for a line … Read More

Tree Hand
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I love how this shows kids that lines can give dimension to their art. 1. The students first trace their hand on a piece of paper. When finished, they should make the tops of their fingers very pointy. 2. Vertical lines are drawn as shown. The more irregular they are, the better. When complete, the lines … Read More

Every Child is an Artist
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I was fortunately given some acetate recently, and have experimented with lettering in my afterschool marker class. I’ve grown to have a new appreciation for tracing, just as the beginning of a work of art. Students here traced the shapes of a preprinted quote, but then added their own patterns and designs. Just the quiet focus … Read More

Tape and Watercolor ATC Trees
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Little collages can be difficult if you have to glue things down, but if you make them with tape, they are a breeze. Students cut half circles, ovals and triangles from 1″ decorative tape. I used the Scotch Expressions brand found at all the craft stores. Green tape is cut for the grass, and a permanent … Read More

How to Draw a Bike
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I have come across students that are not interested in the least in drawing people or animals or flowers, etc. but could spend hours on buildings or machines. I think that’s an early indication of draftsman-type skills, which could lead to a career in architecture or product design. I think it’s good to offer drawing lessons … Read More

Bone Letters
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You could make this a lesson about anatomy and what the different kinds of bones in your body look like – or you could just make some creepy looking name signs for Halloween. 1. Draw examples of some typical bones on the board. They generally look like sticks, but have large bumps on the end. I … Read More

Symmetrical Pumpkin
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One more Halloween project that makes for a very graphic image. 1. Give each student a square piece of black paper and an orange piece that is half the width of the black. With the orange lying on top of the right side of the black, they are to imagine the center line as the middle … Read More

Cubism Costume
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Here’s a reposting of one of my favorite costumes from a few years back. It may be better for posing than walking (unless you find a smart way to add good eye holes) but still a respectable art teacher costume. I just colored a paper grocery bag with a cubism face, and made sure that the … Read More

Student Halloween Silhouettes
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Here are a few 3rd grade examples of my Halloween Silhouette project. I think I love them so much because they are just plain BOLD. And the lighter ones are certainly a great example of contrast, so an arts element lesson could easily be involved too. Meanwhile, I feel sorry for anyone in my town trying … Read More

Halloween Silhouette
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My newest, most favorite Halloween project. Students draw a silhouette on a large coffee filter, fill it in with a Sharpie marker, and then paint the background with liquid watercolor paint. PREP: I opted to make a simple line drawing of a house and tree and fence for the students to trace, just for a starting … Read More

Make Your Own Glitter Paint
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I was happy to stumble across the joys of glitter watercolor paint this week with lots of Day of the Dead artwork, but sad to read that my supplier was discontinuing it. I had a McGyver moment though, and discovered how to make my own. I mixed this glitter paint found at Michaels and my liquid … Read More

Super Close Up Monsters
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I just tried out this today, quite possibly the world’s simplest monster painting. Students used a roll of masking tape to draw the eyes, one of which needed to be going off the page. I’m sure this could be a good format for other ideas too, like adding shading for older students. I added texture by  … Read More

A 2nd Paycheck for Haiti Teachers
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Here are my friend’s nine teachers who work at his school in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Thanks to you all, they got their first paycheck last month, each $120. It was amazing, and I heard that they were skeptical that my Go Fund Me drive would actually work, and each was happily surprised when they got their money … Read More

Student Art, by Genevieve
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One of my favorite “Franken Kids” drawings done this week, by a sweet little girl named Genevieve. The orange hair with colored streaks are just too perfect!

Spiders from Santa Maria, CA
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This is such a great extension of my posted spider project that I thought I’d share it again. It turns a symmetry exercise into a beautiful work of art. • View and download PDF Half Spider Template “I’ve done this project for the past 2 years when my 4th grade students were learning symmetry. This year … Read More

Halloween Coloring Page
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For the early finishers that are in every class, here’s something to occupy their time. Kinder and 1st graders can just color, but older students could add a little shading to moonlight sky. • View and download Halloween Coloring Page

Halloween Shapes for Pre-K
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A Pre-K teacher at my school was looking for a fun way for her kids to practice drawing shapes, so I came up with this Halloween worksheet. Students are asked to copy the drawing in the box below, starting with the main square, circle, etc. I’m sharing my pdf, and would love to hear if this … Read More

Cubism Face Fun
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Mix Frankenstein with computer illustrated eye drawings and kids can have fun making some very silly faces.  1. Those on a budget could use magazine eyes, but I had too many kids to chance that they could all find some, so I looked for another option online. I found a great set at Pycomall and bought … Read More

Model Magic Bunnies
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My Model Magic Class continued today with a white bunny project. The inspiration came from this amazing Italian blog called Corrier Della Sera. The photos and step by step diagrams are actually designed for cake decorations, but worked perfectly with my kinder through 4th grade kids. And as you can see, this student let his imagination … Read More

Day of the Dead Skull Paintings
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My older students are drawing and tracing symmetrical Day of the Dead skulls this week, but that’s a little too advanced for kinder and first graders. Their focus goes to drawing a skull filled with lots of shapes and adding colorful paint. I found some industrial sized coffee filters at my local restaurant supply store, and … Read More

Draw a Maple Leaf
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Maple leaves are easy to draw if you break them down into simple steps as shown below. I think the irregularity of hand drawn ones actually look more “real” than the plastic variety, in my opinion.

Draw Pete the Cat
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Pete the Cat seems to have a lot of fans these days, so I thought I’d make a tutorial on how to draw him. Older students might notice that there’s a little perspective involved in the shoes and their size, but young artists can focus on just making the shoes match. As Pete would say, “It’s … Read More

Home Brewed Haunted House
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Instant coffee makes a great paint that is inexpensive and the perfect brown for this time of year. I thought a haunted house would be a good subject matter because of all the moody brown tones that could be created. 1. Students dissolve bits of instant coffee with water on a plate. The house is ‘drawn’ with a … Read More

Drawing Spiderwebs
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I never realized how much spiderwebs have in common with zentangles, which are basically repeated shapes. Try some fine tipped white poster markers on black scrapbook paper to make some like these. 1. Cut black paper to 2.5″ x 3.5″ standard ATC size. Draw about 8 straight lines radiating out from a center point on a … Read More

Silly Pumpkin Face Collage
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I love this idea of putting “people” teeth in a pumpkin, so whoever thought of it first is pretty genius. I’m using it this week for my kinders and first graders as it’s a great chance to learn about cutting on the fold. The head, mouth and eyes may be cut on folded paper to create … Read More

Pasta Skeleton
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I’ve tweaked this project over the years, and this is still my favorite version. 1. To make a sturdy pallet, the students arrange 20 popsicle sticks horizontally and secure them with 4 sticks glued vertically to the back. 2. A variety of pasta shapes are needed. I started by briefing the students with a simple sketch … Read More

The Scream and Blow Painting
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I found this idea about combining Munch’s Scream and blow painting from Washington Elementary School in Michigan, and it was a huge hit two years ago. I thought it was worth passing on again. Warm up: Look at Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting to see how much expression can be created with lines and color. 1. … Read More

Mosaic Black Craft Pumpkin
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Awhile back I was experimenting with a black foam pumpkin that I found at Michaels and a parent donated several rolls of orange painter’s tape. Voila! Just cut angled pieces and smooth the edges for an easy mosaic pumpkin. It would be great to see an assortment with lots of different tape colors.

Haiti Teachers Get First Paycheck
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We did it! Thanks so much to the generous donors (Jill Schalet, Denise Matthews, Louee Newton, Crystal Townsen, Jannike Johnsen, Wendy Slepian, Corinne Coe, Kara Sabatella, Elvira Rivera, Julianne Beam, Dana Mayer, Jenni & Nate Ward) who gave to my Go Fund Me drive, the nine teachers at this small school in Haiti got their first … Read More

Kitty Collage ATCs
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I’m learning that when I try to come with a new art trading card project, it helps to look for subject matter that can be multiplied. A cute cat drawing inspired this collage combo. 1. I used the colored card stock that you can find in the scrapbook section at craft stores. Each student needs 9 … Read More

Full Moon Trees
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I tried this project three different ways today, and the third time ended up the charm. First was with a black chalk pastel sky (too dark), then gray (looked good, but chalk supply ran out) then blue and purple pastel, which this student cleverly mixed. 1. Students traced a CD on a 9″ x 12″ sheet … Read More

Model Magic Olaf
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To start off my afterschool Model Magic class, a nod to the movie “Frozen” and the very popular Olaf character. He’s just too easy to make from a little white playdough, sticks, black beans and googly eyes. I think the photo says it all.

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