Easy Kinder Painting
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I’ve tried many projects for new kinders over the past ten years, and this is now my favorite. It’s simply drawing stars with oil pastels and then painting a wash of liquid watercolor over them. There are always a few students who are still figuring out how to draw and hold a brush, so they need … Read More

Air Dry Clay Owls Update
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Here are the supplies I ended up using to make today’s air dry clay owls. I switched from plastic wrap to sheets of aluminum foil after I envisioned 36 mangled plastic balls (I have a lot of kinders and 1st graders). I gave each student the an eighth of a container of clay, and we ended … Read More

Draw a VW Beetle Car
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Let’s face it, Volkswagon Beetle cars are cute. Here’s how I would draw one, if someone asked. • View and download VW Beetle Car Tutorial

Air Dry Clay Owl
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Here’s one thing I know … kids love to work with clay, yet ceramic clay requires resources that are not always available. There is an alternative air dry Crayola Clay, but it takes some practice to match it to the right project. If you let students do their own thing, shapes are often too fragile and … Read More

Sept. Newsletter Preview
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My September newsletter is going out next week, so sign up now if you want to get my latest drawing tutorial. This Killer Whale drawing is good for students of all ages, and might come in handy for a few school reports too.

Sharpie Scribble LOVE
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How about making it “Opposite Day” in art class, one where scribbling is not only allowed, but encouraged? This lesson could tie in Jasper Johns for his textured letter paintings, or Robert Indiana for his LOVE art, and of course, a review of warm and cool colors. Would also look pretty great on a coffee cup, … Read More

Patterned Owl
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I made this owl project today for my very young after school artists (mostly kinder and 1st graders). They did really well, drawing owls of all shapes and size, filled with lots of patterns. Their art was first drawn in pencil, traced with a thick permanent marker, filled with crayon patterns and then painted with liquid … Read More

Colorful Fall Leaves
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If you paint a wash of India ink over an oil pastel drawing you get a very dramatic result. Shown are the brands that worked well together for this particular artwork. 1. I made leaf templates for students as kinder and 1st graders would really struggle with drawing this rather complicated maple leaf shape. They traced … Read More

Make a Matisse Collage
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Henri Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of color. After losing the ability to paint late in life, he explored and mastered the art of paper cut outs. I’ve found a rather simple formula that will help students create their own Matisse-style collage. • View and download Matisse Collage Tutorial

Black Glue Painting
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I’ve been having fun experimenting with black glue painting on acetate. What I have learned so far is that black acrylic mixed with white glue (roughly 50/50) is fun to draw with, IF you put the mixture back in the glue bottle and you draw on acetate with the orange tip. Let it dry, and then … Read More

Rodrigue Blue Dog
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George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s. I love that he painted his beloved dog in so many colors, which encourages students to be creative with their coloring as well. • View and download Blue Dog PDF Tutorial     … Read More

Stained Glass Painting
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  Well, maybe not glass exactly, but painted acetate doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. At any rate, I did have fun today playing around with this paint and glue process. Here’s what I did to make this leaf image: 1. Empty glue bottle into old plastic container, add a matching amount of black … Read More

Campbell’s Soup Mural from Hawaii
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This has got to be one of my favorite colored murals, sent in by art teacher Stephanie Schobel. Her students at King Kamehameha III School in Hawaii made this amazing pop art composite with my Campbells Soup PDF Mural. Aren’t the colors wonderful? And I love the slight grid that shows up when students work on … Read More

Craft Stick Box
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I’m determined to find a way to make simple boxes out of craft sticks, but not in the traditional flat stacking way. That uses way too many sticks. I think I’m getting close with a structure like this, which looks a bit like a small animal pen, but a bit more experimenting is needed. Stay tuned … Read More

Air Dry Clay Bowls
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I’m starting a new air dry clay class tomorrow, and plan to begin with simple coil or ball shaped bowls. They will be rolled and pressed to a baby food jar to give them some shape, then carefully removed to dry. I understand this clay is rather brittle, so hopefully some paint and gloss will strengthen … Read More

School Paper Self Portrait
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Here’s a fun way to add a little writing to a self-portrait project. Students that are just learning to write can draw themselves and then label things of note. I like how the paper has a built in spot for names, and that the blue lines can act as drawing guides as well. • View and … Read More

Sharpie Marker Leaf
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One of my favorite combos is Sharpie Brush Markers and mini canvases. You just can’t beat the color and precision that you can get with these. 1. Follow my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” to draw one in pencil on a mini canvas. Trace it with a black Brush Sharpie Marker. If you haven’t tried … Read More

Sharpies on Pencils
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Want to make sure no one accidentally takes your pencil? And show the world how creative you are at the same time? Try coloring with them with Sharpie markers. You have to work carefully because the markers will smudge if you touch the colored area right away, but after they dry, voila! A one-of-a-kind work of … Read More

Pasta Mosaic Ring
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Today was the last day of my art camp, so I thought I’d share a few things that worked out, and some that didn’t. 1. This pasta mosaic was my favorite project. It’s simple as it is just my watercolor painted pasta pressed into air dry clay, which has been pressed into a canning jar lid. … Read More

Circle Pastel Sun
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If I’ve learned one thing about oil pastels, it’s that the best results come from working with very simple shapes. They also allow for more experimenting with layering, which most students tend to overlook. And when that happens, all the lovely possibilities of overlapping colors are lost.

Self Portraits on Display
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Here’s my canvas project from last year, finally on display at the local library in Studio City, CA. Each 18″ x 36″ canvas has self portraits from an entire grade level, representing kinder through 5th grade. It’s funny that it started off as a project with another destination in mind, but now seems custom made for … Read More

New Strathmore Cover Art
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I had a chance to collaborate recently with the marketing department at Strathmore Paper, and really enjoyed developing this cover artwork for a new product that will be released in the fall. It’s a wonderfully thick, crisp black pad of paper that is perfect for dried glue and pastel projects. No more curly grayish construction paper, … Read More

Coffee Filter Flags
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I wanted to make my art room more festive, but couldn’t bring myself to buy those plastic streamers. My solution? Homemade painted coffee filter flags instead. 1. Dampen a stack of coffee filters with water and let dry flat. 2. Use a paper cutter to chop a lot of triangles. 3. Sew triangles with a zig … Read More

Art Camp, Day One
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My Art Camp is starting in just a few days, and so I’d like to share my plan for the first day. This image, by the way, which I love, comes from someone who posted it at theodysseyonline. I can’t wait to try it with my kids as they just need to tape a googly eye … Read More

Mission Paper Giveaway Contest
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For all the CA Mission Drawing teachers out there, here’s a chance to win some of the brown paper that I make myself for my students. It’s 12″ x 18″ Tru-Ray Pacon paper that is run through my Epson printer to add a light grid. It works wonders for aiding with architectural details, and the white … Read More

Sign Up for Newsletter for Bonus Tutorials
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If you like my How to Draw Tutorials, then don’t miss out on monthly bonus lessons and sign up now for my APFK newsletter. My new newsletter will include one brand new tutorial that you can’t find anywhere else, and links to my most popular posts of the month. Sign up today and this newsletter with … Read More

Draw a Hungry Bear
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If you want to help your students fill their paper, try this bear drawing. Make sure though to begin with the two center guide lines in place. They may be folded, or drawn, they just make a big difference when students are deciding where their lines need to be. You’ll be surprised how many more large … Read More

“Pizza, Pizza” for Art Storage
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If you missed my post about this last year, here is my favorite way to help kinder teachers store their student’s artwork. They are 14″ pizza boxes that a local pizzeria donates in flat bundles. I like to fold them with the logos inside so students can decorate the blank exterior, but either way, they work … Read More

3D Miro Painting
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Joan Miro (1893–1983) was a Spanish painter who made very child like paintings. He often used some very simple shapes that students can easily draw and rearrange to make their own Surrealist painting. Pacon tissue paper that bleeds will add some irregular color and yarn adds a dimensional touch at the end. • View and download … Read More

Delaunay Circles
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Sonia Delaunay was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964. My goal was to have students imitate her use of repeating shapes and colors so they could see the rhythm that is created. 1. Using circle templates, or misc. round shapes, students first draw two different sized circles … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self-Portrait
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Here is an older student adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye and mouth details that … Read More

Juggling Balls
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My mini art camp is just two weeks away, and I’m looking forward to trying some more outdoorsy things like these balls made from balloons and sand. 1. I used 9″ balloons and a funnel to fill them with sand. I think 12″ balloons would work great too. It takes some pulling and shaking to fill … Read More

Draw a Rooster
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My afterschool students have drawn an abstract rooster before, but not one that is a little more realistic. I made this tutorial to break down the steps for them. • View and download Rooster Tutorial                                           … Read More

My Top Three Apps
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Here are two apps that I use almost every day, and a new one that I am keeping my eye on. The Cash app has turned out to be a great option for my after school parents. No more worries about sending their kids to school with cash, or writing checks, which seem a little old-fashioned … Read More

Top Two New Health Habits
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I know most people make resolutions at the first of the year, but for me, summer break is a great time to regroup and start new habits. I’m currently really enjoying these two, my new Fitbit Activity Tracker and Verve, my new healthy replacement for that extra cup of coffee, and dare I say it, occasional … Read More

Top Three Organizing Ideas
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After years of teaching, I’ve found that a (pretty) organized room lets you enjoy the process, and one in disarray makes for a very long day. It’s no fun. But solutions that may work for school are not always the best for home. For instance, I now store everything I can in clear containers at school, … Read More

Top Three Books I’m Reading
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Well, technically books I’m reading AND listening to, to be specific. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” helped me tackle some long-avoided clutter problems, “10% Happier” will make anyone look at the art of meditation in a brand new way, and “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” is just stuffed with marketing insights for anyone working with … Read More

Top Three Art Supplies
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I’m continuing my “Top Three” posts this week, and am moving on to art supplies. If I could only choose 3, these are the ones I love and feel confident would bring great results, for any age. Dick Blick Liquid Watercolors never fail in their color, the Twistable Crayola Crayons are a treat for kids, and … Read More

Top Three Pinned Art Projects
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I barely remember days before Pinterest, but I do recall hours at my local library and the inevitable fines for lost books too. So glad to teach now in a “Post Pinterest” era. For the curious, here are three of my currently most pinned projects. Back to School Half Portrait Draw a Tulip Van Gogh Wheatfield

Paint like Miro with Tissue Paper
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Joan Miró, who combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy, used a lot of fun shapes that are easy for students to imitate. His squiggles and stars may be drawn with markers and pastels, and then “painted” with tissue paper that bleeds. • View and download Miro Tutorial                   … Read More

Jim Dine Textured Heart
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Jim Dine (born June 16, 1935) is an American pop artist. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. • View and download Jim Dine PDF tutorial                                    

Art of Education Summer 2015 Conference
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Yesterday was finally the big day for the online AOE Summer 2015 Online Conference. After looking forward to watching it live, I was happy to have the alternative of an after hours pass as an old friend unexpectedly came to town that same day. I’ve watched a few sessions already, and so far really love “Secrets … Read More

Lunch at Whitney Hill
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For the curious, here is a sample of what Regina of Whitney Hills Estate serves for lunch, which her Art Class guests enjoyed last week. The food is home cooked and amazing, as well as her table decor. If you live in the area and need a place for a luncheon, her place and services cannot … Read More

Whitney Hill Art Classes
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Last week I was lucky enough to spend two days with some wonderful and talented ladies in Hickory Valley, TN. They came from near and far to learn a few of my favorite art projects, and also bask in the comforts of Whitney Hill Estates. A few of their completed projects are shown here in clockwise … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial
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Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera paint, but thought I’d also post a watercolor version that includes colorful crayon lines and patterns. • View and download Abstract Face Tutorial   … Read More

Beach Art
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Just to prove that you can make art anywhere, a little creation that I found on a beach in Santa Cruz last month. To whoever made it, it’s really lovely and made my day!

Terrarium Tutorial
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This Terrarium project is an example of how art and science can mix, with beautiful results. I’ve done this with kinders for years, I just make sure it’s towards the end of the year, as opposed to the beginning. You’ll find that more students can follow the directions then, in my experience. • View and download … Read More

NEW! Mini Master Murals 2
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This Mini Mural Set consists of three smaller versions of these popular murals: “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “Red Room” by Matisse, and “Tree of LIfe” by Klimt. FINISHED DIMENSIONS: • Sunflowers: 23″ x 31″ • Red Room: 31″ x 24″ • Tree of Life: 30″ x 30″ To purchase and download for just $5, visit My … Read More

Craft Stick Easel Tutorial
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You can make your own mini easels from craft sticks. I’ve been making these for so long that I thought I’d share an illustrated version so everyone can see how easy it is. • View and download Craft Stick Easel Tutorial                               … Read More

Cubism / Block Heads
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Here’s another project that I want to bring back this fall, hopefully with old grocery bags so there is a recycling aspect to it. These make the cutest class photos! You can find my Cubism Tutorial in the link below. • Cubism Drawing Tutorial

Camouflaged Hands
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Here’s an idea I tried awhile back when students were learning about camouflage. I loved that they had a chance to be fully immersed in their art, messy hands and all. PREP: Tape a sheet of white paper to a larger piece of corrugated cardboard. 1. Students choose one tempera color and cover their entire paper. … Read More

New Elements of Art Template
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I plan to continue with my Recycled Art Journal format for grades 2 – 4 this fall. A post over at Art Room 104 inspired this list of the Elements, which illustrates exactly what each one means. I made a template that provides students with just the dashed lines of each word. The tracing and coloring … Read More

Mona Lisa Coffee Filter Portrait
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It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Start with liquid watercolor paints, and paint on coffee filters, which hold the color amazingly well. 1. Print out one Mona Lisa template for every student. Iron 9″ coffee filters to make them flat. Tape one to the front of each face. Trace and … Read More

Draw a Monkey
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I think a monkey tutorial is long overdue, especially as their faces are really made of some simple, symmetrical shapes that are easy to draw in steps. Have fun! • View and download Monkey PDF Tutorial

Salvador Dali Mural Preview
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Salvador Dali, famous for his role in surrealistic art, made several elephant paintings that to me, epitomize the definition of “real, yet unreal”. His original versions have a lot of open space, and are actually still under copyright, so I made a kid-friendly version. I think it still conveys the strange idea of having a very … Read More

Air Dry Clay Cupcake
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Why was I an air dry clay snob for so long? This Crayola stuff is great! It stuck to itself just fine, and also allowed the option of taking the cherry off while painting. The final step was adding a layer of shiny Mod Podge. It would be so much fun to see how many different … Read More

Art Classes in Tennessee
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If you live near Hickory Valley, TN and love to make art, I’ll be sharing my favorite projects at Whitney Hill Estate, July 10 and July 11th. Come one or two days, a delicious home cooked lunch is included. Learn how to make the projects that have helped my website, Art Projects for Kids, collect over … Read More

NEW! Draw More Animals 2 eBook
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Just posted to My PDF Shop, my latest How to Draw ebook. In it you’ll find diagrams on how to draw an Armadillo, Baby Chick, Bald Eagle, Bird on Cat, Bunnies, Big and Little, Chickadee Bird, Dolphin, Easter Bunny, Elephant, Fox Sideways, Giraffe Face, Goose, Hippo, Horse, Cartoon, Kangaroo, Koala, Lab Puppy, Lion, Pig, Polar Bear, … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 3
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It’s never too soon to inform parents about camp plans, if fact I wish I had made mine before school let out. Not to worry, long ago I started using Mail Chimp for my electronic newsletters, so I have a data base all ready to go. It did take a little time to set up the … Read More

Air Dry Clay Cupcake
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Summer is made for trying out projects that I have trouble doing during the school year. Turns out it was super easy to make my usual ceramic cupcake with air dry clay. It stick together really well. 1. Roll a small ball of clay and push into silicone rubber base to make what looks like a … Read More

Edward Hopper Tutorial
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Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was a prominent American realist painter. He was a skilled  watercolorist who is now famous for his spare urban and rural scenes. I’ve made a simple drawing and painting tutorial that resembles his Lighthouse Hill painting. • View and download Edward Hopper PDF Tutorial

Happy Father’s Day!
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Here’s a combo photo / painting that I made of my amazing dad a few years ago. It’s from his farming days in in rural Indiana, where I was fortunate enough to grow up. The funny thing is that it seemed a rather ordinary life at the time, but only now do I know what a … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 2
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Today I focused on making a flyer for my art camp, which meant choosing projects and assigning them to certain days. I know that if I open camp up to single day enrollments, parents and children are going to want to know what to expect. I’ve started by choosing one 2D and one 3D project for … Read More

Nelson Mandela Mural
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Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. I made this mural to honor his incredible life and accomplishments. To purchase this PDF template for just $5, please visit My PDF Shop.

Planning an Art Camp, Day 1
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I’ve decided to venture into the land of Art Camps for the first time this summer, but in the most manageable way possible. I’m going to hold one in my art room at my school, but just for one week, and during the morning (9am-12) only. I thought that some readers might like to know how … Read More

Father’s Day Popsicle Board
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Sometimes the typical tie drawing for Father’s Day just gets old. 1. Students made a board by gluing 7 jumbo popsicle sticks across 2 vertical ones. This was allowed to dry while the draw was made. 2. On a piece of white copy paper (cut to fit on the popsicle board) students drew a large trophy, … Read More

Fun with Venus
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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli, and depicts the goddess Venus, emerging from the sea as a woman. I thought it would be fun to just practice drawing her hair, with thick and thin lines as shown. You can imitate the original, or make up a modern cut. • View and download … Read More

Favorite Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not do without are Sharpie markers, because they make such vivid colors on so many different things, like paper, canvas, magazines, etc. Here are a collection of six of my favorites, and a good reason to look … Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mural
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I am happy to post my newest mural, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as requested by some of my Catholic followers. To find out more about her, please visit… My PDF Shop

Art of Education Summer Conference
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I did it, I made a commitment to learning more about all things art teacher related! I’m registered for the online Art of Education Summer Conference that takes place on July 16th. It sounds like it’s packed full of info and goodies, and I can’t wait to just sit back in my computer chair and take … Read More

Draw a Giraffe Face
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If you want your watercolor resist projects to have a little more punch to them, try using oil pastels instead of crayons. As long as they are not the water-soluble variety, the colors end up looking richer and more vibrant. • View and download Giraffe Face PDF Tutorial

Dandelion PDF Tutorial
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Time for an update to my popular Dandelion drawing posting. My previous little diagrams have been replaced with a downloadable PDF tutorial. Happy summer drawing everyone! • View and download Dandelion PDF Tutorial

Draw Lady Liberty’s Portrait
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I’ve used this approach for drawing and painting the Statue of Liberty for years, and even kinders amaze me with how well they do. Just make sure to start with the guide lines shown on the tutorial, as they help keep the head in scale to the page. I also pre-mix the liquid turquoise color as … Read More

Credit Card Mosaic Frame
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Don’t throw away those old gift or credit cards, I’ve found lots of uses for them. This picture frame is one of the prettiest, I think. 1. Trim the round ends off eight jumbo craft sticks. An industrial scissors or paper cutter works best. 2. Glue the sticks together as shown and let dry. 3. Cut … Read More

NEW Patterned Hands Project
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If your students enjoyed my Warm Hands project, then they probably will like this one too. My pdf file includes the lined background paper for both the horizontal and vertical versions, and lots sample patterns so they can break away from the usual hearts, stars, etc. They also have a choice in coloring positive or negative … Read More

Draw a Baby Chick
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Here’s a Baby Chick drawing tutorial that I tried earlier this year, and found to work really well with my younger students, as in kinder through 2nd grade. • View and download Baby Chick Tutorial

Art Retreat Approaches, July 9–12
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If you’d like to learn about my latest new art projects, while relaxing in the southern charm of the lovely Whitney Hill Estates in western Tennessee, then sign up now for the second annual retreat on July 9-12, 2015. We’ll be playing with paper mache, drawing, painting, making paper sculptures and much, much more. Click HERE … Read More

Beach Art in Santa Cruz
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I’m taking a few days off to visit friends near Santa Cruz, and a beach side stroll found this little rock person. This town literally has art every where you look, it’s pretty amazing.

Glitter Paint and Canvas Journals
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I’m still loving how this inexpensive glitter paint makes any acrylic finish look sparkly and shiny. A good alternative to Mod Podge, and dries much faster.

DAD Card Template
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As one of my favorite card projects, I’ve posted this before but never with a template that I thought some busy teachers might appreciate. • View and download D-A-D PDF template PREP: Cut large white construction paper (12″ x 18″) in half to make panels of 6″ x 18″. Fold the panels into thirds to make … Read More

Draw a Viking Ship
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Studying Viking life, by chance? I made a step-by-step tutorial for drawing a ship, with their trademark curves and striped sail. • View and download PDF Viking Ship Tutorial

Repurposed Bracelets
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This project was improvised with my Haitian friends and I last week, to fill in after soda tabs ran out and strips of black tire proved a little difficult to work with. We switched to duct tape that was folded in half, and decorated them with square paper clips and metallic markers. It worked great, the … Read More

Draw a Midieval Castle
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There are many ways to draw a castle. Here’s one with a fairy tale quality to it. • View and download Midieval Castle Tutorial

Model Magic Sweets
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I knew my students would come up with something amazing for this last Model Magic class. Here are just two of many creative tiny creations made today.

Model Magic Baked Goods
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Making a great display for a playdough project makes all the difference in the world, if you ask me. Here’s what my Model Magic students are doing tomorrow — making a cooling rack out of craft sticks, and then lots of baked goods to fill them. I’m pretty sure my kids will come up with some … Read More

2nd Annual Art Retreat Approaches, July 9–12
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July 9th is getting closer, but it’s not too late to reserve a spot in my weekend art retreat in western Tennessee. I’ll be bringing dozens of my favorite art projects and Regina, owner of Whitney Hill Estate, will be cooking up a storm for all the lucky guests. Her beautiful, historic B&B is one of … Read More

Draw an Asian House
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For the students who find they really like to draw houses, here’s how to draw one with an Asian influence. The curvy roof lines make it a lot of fun, if you ask me. • View and download Asian House Tutorial

More Canvas Journals
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These journals are turning into one of my favorite projects. I’m loving how freely the kids paint when given one long piece of canvas instead of designing the front and back separately. CLASS ONE: Cut unstretched canvas into 8″ x 20″ rectangles. Students paint the primed side with one acrylic color, and then add patterns on … Read More

Draw Captain America
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It’s fun to tie drawing lessons into current movies, if you can. Here’s one way to draw a young looking Captain America, that will most likely work for 2nd grade or so on up. • View and download Captain America Tutorial

Haiti Artists are on their way!
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My school started fundraising for an Art Teacher Exchange late last year, and our special guests are about to arrive. Here they are in the Miami airport, waiting for their flight to LAX tonight. The three artists are with a group called the Atis Rezistans, and work out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They also just happen to … Read More

Egyptian Jewelry
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One more paper plate project – Egyptian collar jewelry. Students cut out the center, painted it with Dick Blick gold watercolor, and glued some plastic rhinestones when dry. An easy way to start a costume with lots of impact.

Dutch Windmills
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This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border makes for an instant frame. My sample is drawn in pencil, traced with a marker, and then painted with watercolors. With all the multicultural projects goring on at my school right now, I may find more … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns
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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The circle shape is built in, and the Sharpie color on foil never ceases to amaze. Especially when rainbows are involved, like Talia’s.

More Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache over the terra cotta flower pot from Michaels, and then around balls of aluminum foil. A coat of white paint was needed to make all the colors look “fresh”, so I did that step myself to … Read More

Statue of Liberty Portrait
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Kinders at my school are studying US symbols, so I’ve been working on drawing and painting the Statue of Liberty with them. I’ve found a couple of ways to help them do their best with the watercolor project, and look forward to sharing a tutorial soon!

2nd Annual Art Retreat, July 9–12
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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 2nd annual Whitney Hill Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN, July 9-12. If you … Read More

Giraffe Painting Preview
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I tried a new giraffe painting project today. It worked out so well that I can’t wait to post it to see what others can do. (Tutorial coming soon.) It’s another reminder that simple, symmetrical shapes almost always work out best for me.

Zoe’s Snails
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Here’s a simple idea that can be elaborated upon, as proven by Zoe’s snails here. Start one with a colored jumbo pasta shell (brush Sharpie markers work great) and then finish them off with some creative Model Magic bodies. I’m not sure, but I think these guys have little scarves tied around their necks. Too funny!

Painted Pasta Shells
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I’ve seen many projects on Pinterest that use dyed pasta, so I finally experimented with it myself. Although the watercolor and alcohol dye made a nice soft color (without getting the pasta soggy) I ended up liking glitter paint even more. I just applied it with a brush and let it dry. Next up? Some pretty … Read More

Starting Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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Time for one last paper mache project after school. Here’s a photo that explains how these ice cream cones are started. The flower pots from Michaels (about $1) offer a great heavy base so tall cones don’t fall over. Aluminum foil sheets are wrapped (about 5 per scoop) to make balls that can be stacked as … Read More

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