Draw an Easy Owl
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This cute owl is made from simple shapes, and the perfect subject matter for some fun, night time metallic marker decorations. PREP • Print Easy Owl PDF template MATERIALS • Liquid watercolor paint • Sharpie, black, fine point • Crayola Metallic Markers Students draw the owl on multimedia or watercolor paper. The art is traced with … Read More

Draw a Cute Sea Turtle
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The secret to making any animal look cute is to add extra large eyes. Works even for semi-realistic sea turtle. • View and download Cute Sea Turtle PDF tutorial   Save Save

Veronica’s Kitty
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Here is the perfect example of why I love kid’s art. Because this kinder kitty by Veronica has about a thousand times more personality than my sample posted yesterday. This just screams kitty love, don’t ya think? Save

Newspaper Cat Collage
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I love the idea and look of making collages with old newspapers and books, but the reality of it brings problems when trying to make consistent supplies for 150 students. Solution? Technology to the rescue with a scanner, printer and parchment paper. (This project is for new kinders so body and head template lines are included … Read More

Draw a Storybook Bunny
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For instant cuteness, try adding clothes to your animal drawings. All kinds of personality seems to just jump out at you. • View and download Storybook Bunny PDF tutorial   Save

Matchbox Seashell Art
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I’m trying some new Matchbox after school art projects, and have found a lot of inspiration at my local Michaels store. These colorful little sea shells were perfect for a beach-themed box. MATERIALS • Matchbox PDF Template (sleeve, tray and insert) • Papercutter or scissors • Stabilo markers • Mini sea shells • Craft glue • … Read More

Color Stick Drawings
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There are so many new skills I am looking forward to teaching my students this year, but it occurred to me that they all might be pointless if they still take shortcuts on their coloring. I plan to give my kids some options for very, very simple images that they must draw and then fill in, … Read More

Kinder Circle Flowers
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What to do for a first kinder class can be a dilemma. Make it too easy and you feel like you’re phoning it in. Make it too complex and some may decide that art is hard, not the first impression you want to make. This project worked well for me today as it had a little … Read More

Fall Filter Trees
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If you’ve every tried painting on a paper towel, and enjoyed the way the color just soaks in, then you will love this project. Turns out that coffee filters create the same effect, but as a bonus, are great for crayon rubbing too. Put that together with some liquid watercolor paint and you have all the … Read More

Corrugated Owls
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These little owls will give students a chance to practice their paper rolling skills, and a bit of patience with craft glue as shapes may need to be held together for a moment before they set. MATERIALS • Roll of corrugated cardboard • Scissors • Aleene’s Quick Dry Craft Glue • Black beans PREP: Use a … Read More

Klimt and Patterns
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Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter who often used gold leaf to make his elaborately patterned paintings, as in “Adele Bloch-Bauer’s Portrait.” One way for students the appreciate all the patterns is to imitate the look just using lines. MATERIALS • Color print of Adele Head Template • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip 1. Students sketch … Read More

Craft Stick Crate Tutorial
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As promised from a few days ago, my Craft Stick Crate tutorial. I can imagine these as a fun gift for parents, or maybe even a way to start a house. All kinds of possibilities. My sticks came from Pacon, which sells a variety of Creativity Craft Sticks at United Art & Education. • View and … Read More

Line Leaf
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This is a study of patterns that could be simplified for kinder and 1st grade students. I drew my leaf and filled it in, but a large template to trace might help younger students get started. • View and download Line Leaf Template MATERIALS • Line Leaf print • Black Sharpie marker, ultra fine tip PREP: … Read More

Paper Plate Flower
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I was totally inspired by this Painted Paper Flowers project at Pink Stripey Socks and have it planned for my art camp kids tomorrow. The only catch is that I didn’t account for a lot of new kinders, kids that have barely learned how to cut straight lines, let alone curves. Guess how I am spending … Read More

Sharpies and Tin Cans
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I’ve always hated throwing away old tin cans. They just have too many recycling possibilities. This one is for my art campers tomorrow, and also happens to be one of my projects in my upcoming “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book coming out in November. You saw it here first folks! MATERIALS • Old soup cans, … Read More

Modigliani Self Portraits
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Here’s a very popular post from awhile back. Thought it might interest those looking for new self portrait ideas for the new school year. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • Oil pastels 1. Cut the paper to 8″ x 18″. Fold the paper in half three times to make 8 equal sections as … Read More

Painted Raindrops
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Here’s what my coffee filter raindrops look like in my room, I have about 25 of them hanging from fish line. I like them and how they move with the A/C unit, now I just want MORE. MATERIALS • Jumbo coffee filters • Old steam iron • Liquid watercolor paints • Spray starch • Scissors • … Read More

Art Camp Treats
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I am hosting a small art camp this week at my school, just in the mornings and just in time to warm up to the new school year that starts next week. Today’s projects included an oil pastel drawing on acetate, a marker colored jar with flowers, and a paper sculpture lion. I also was happy … Read More

Craft Stick Crate
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I’m still playing with a stash of craft sticks from Pacon, and tried to make a copy of this little crate that I found at Michael’s. I plan to make a tutorial soon, but crafty folks out there may be able to see the basic construction from the photo. Materials: • Jumbo craft sticks, 12 • … Read More

Mini Stick Easels
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I was recently sampled these cute little craft sticks from Pacon and my first thought was to see if I could make very mini easels with them. It took some careful glue work, but it worked! The flat sides really help make the glue hold. I’ve got no plans to do it as a class project … Read More

Still My Favorite Art Supplies
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I posted this list about three years ago, and they remain with the exception of BIC markers, which seem to have bit the dust. Too bad, their packs had a lot of good skin colors. Oh well, for those that are stocking up, these are still recommended for any art room, should your budget allow.   … Read More

Tree of Life Coloring Page
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Klimt’s “Tree of Life” painting must be the epitome of decorative arts. Here’s a line drawing from my mural, which I thought some of you advanced color-ers out there might like to play with. • View and download “Tree of Life” Coloring page Save

Ceramic Burger
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Here’s one of my favorite projects from Jenni Ward’s ebook “Create with Clay 4”. Follow the link to get her amazing tutorial with lots of photos and helpful tips. • Purchase “Create with Clay 4” ebook Save Save Save

Craft Stick Loom Tutorial
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I tried this project out last year and really liked it as an intro to weaving. The rubber bands did not tear if you pulled on them too hard, and they kept the strips of paper from falling out. Here’s a tutorial for those that would like some printed instructions. • View and download Craft Stick … Read More

Seasonal Tree Mural
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Many students learn about seasons throughout the school year, so I made a mural that can be adjusted to follow along. After a large tree is completed, different leaves (included in file) are colored in, cut and mounted to show the changes that occur in spring, summer and fall. Note: I used my favorite Portfolio brand oil … Read More

Art Room Storage
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I can’t tell you have much fun I had doing this today. Thanks to a case of plastic 6 qt. boxes from Staples that cost about a buck each, I finally have what you could call a SYSTEM in place. I realize now that when you have dozens of different things to organize, having them all … Read More

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial
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Did you know that friendship bracelets are made with six colors because that’s how many letters are in the word F-R-I-E-N-D? My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I used the topic to teach students how to make make these, hence this tutorial to help me instruct 35+ students … Read More

“We Can Do It” Mural
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I live this vintage war poster for it’s colorful simplicity AND bold message. Now you can make your own with my latest mural template. • View and purchase “We Can Do It!” PDF Mural

Escher Hexagon Tessellation
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If only M.C. Escher could have lived in the age of Photoshop and Illustrator, I believe his amazing mind would have been blown. It took every Adobe rotating and reflecting trick I knew of to recreate this famous tessellation, and narrow it down to the just the repeating pattern. Wow, not one or two, but THREE … Read More

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, and his teachers often work with no pay. Each … 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 try several each year) and so I’ve made an … 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 sure every student has something completed before my deadline … 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 a part time art teacher’s salary. I just knew … 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 PDF Tutorial Materials: • Watercolor paper • Black Sharpie … 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 info over the years. It seemed that if I … 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 her. • She was one of the most popular … 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. Materials: • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola Crayons • View and download Corgi Dog PDF Tutorial Draw center guidelines on drawing paper lightly with a pencil. Follow Corgi … Read More

Whitney Hill Art Retreat 2016
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I’m back home from my Whitney Hill Art Retreat, which was a ball. Click below to see my slide show recap. • View Whitney Hill Art Retreat slideshow Save Save Save Save Save

Chuck Close Mural
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Chuck Close is an American artist known for his super large patterned portraits. I created this mural template with a grid over a line drawing of his face to create all kinds of possibilities to honor this amazing artist. • View and purchase Chuck Close Mural Template Save

USA Flag Coloring Page
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In honor of the 4th of July holiday, I’d like to share a coloring page from my USA Flag Mural. Careful coloring will make it look like it’s really blowing in the breeze. • View and download USA Flag Coloring Page PDF Save Save

Dandelion Card
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This card uses bleeding tissue paper for the watery color, and rubber cement for masking out a puffy flower. Easy summer time painting. Materials: • Watercolor paper • Bleeding Tissue paper • Paint brush and water • Ultra fine tip black Sharpie markers   Use the bottom of a jar of rubber cement to draw 3 … Read More

Mini Paper ATCs
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I’ve had a lot of fun creating over-sized school paper for projects, so I thought it might be a fun to make small ones too. I’m happy to share my template, which will create 9 cards when printed and cut on the black crop lines. • View and download Little Letter PDF template page Materials: • … Read More

Mug with Mugs
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Make a mug that smiles back at you. Detailed instructions for this project and more may be found in Jenni Ward’s “Create with Clay 2” ebook. Save Save Save Save

“Create with Clay 4” eBook
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More help for the ceramic artists and those who wish to become one. The latest ebook from my friend Jenni Ward has detailed photos and instructions on how to make these very creative clay projects. • View and download Create with Clay 4 eBook Save Save

Saint Basil’s Coloring Page
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Here’s a preview of my next mural I am working on – Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow. Architecture just doesn’t get much more ornate. And to think this drawing is a somewhat simplified version of the real thing! A large mural is on it’s way, but meanwhile here’s a coloring page that will keep … Read More

Paper Mache Leaves from Germany
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Wow, look what was just shared with me! An amazing artist from Germany took my very ordinary post about paper mache tiles and turned it into this exquisite work art ! Her instructions are in German, but the photos are so descriptive that I don’t think words are really necessary. Go see for yourself, and then … Read More

Ceramic Flying Pig
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This flying pig is just one of the five ceramic projects in Jenni Ward’s “Create with Clay 3” ebook. For her instructions, just purchase and download the book for $5. Save Save

Faux Chenille Owl
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This makes a very cute pillow, and is also a good simple sewing project for young girls OR boys. Supplies: Six fat quarters, two wooden buttons 2. Spread out and stack all pieces of fabric. Cut to make a square. 3. Stitch diagonal rows about a ruler width apart. 4. Cut out owl body shape following … Read More

“Easy Animals to Draw” eBook
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Now available in my PDF Shop, a new collection of animal drawing projects that are targeted for the beginner artist. • View and purchase Draw Easy Animals eBook Save Save

Pop Art Coloring Page
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I combined some old comic book images to come up with this new “Crying Lady” that is a now a mural option over in my PDF Shop. But for those of you that just want to write funny captions on a letter size page, then here you go. • View and download Pop Art Crying Lady … Read More

Ceramic Pencil Holder
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Here’s a peek at how to make a patterned Pencil Holder, which is one of the featured projects with directions in Jenni Ward’s ebook, Create with Clay. Save

Faux Chenille Bag
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I hope there are some campers or beginner sewers out there who might be looking for a simple sewing project. It’s a fun way to create your own kind of textured fabric. SUPPLIES: 18″ woven strap, 4 Fat Quarters of COTTON fabric., ruler. Layer all four fabric sections and press. 2. Cut rectangle in half. Stack … Read More

Jenni Ward: Clay in the Classroom
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Here’s some great advice that my friend and ceramic artist shared recently. Nothing like getting help from the experts! • Clay in the Classroom Save Save Save

Haiti Fundraiser
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During my travels to Haiti a few years ago, I met some truly selfless people whom I have felt compelled to keep working with and see what I can do to support. Winter is one such example, an amazing man who does his best to run a school for some of the poorest kids in Haiti, … Read More

NEW! Lichtenstein Mural, just $5
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Roy Lichtenstein used comic book images to make paintings about popular culture. I made this composite of some old cartoons I found so students could do the same, All kinds of possibilities! http://artprojectsforkids.org/product/lichtenstein-mural/ Save Save Save Save Save Save Save

The Art Retreat 3 Weeks Away!
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If you like the sound of an intimate art retreat at an historic B&B by a soon-to-be published author / teacher, then this is for you… Plans are now in place for my 3rd Annual Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN this summer. Years ago I met Regina from Whitney Hill Estates through my sister who … Read More

Rumpled Quilt Skins get their own FB Page!
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If anyone has ever wondered about my “Sewing Patterns” tab before, here’s a quick explanation. Before I was an art teacher, I was a pattern designer and created this line of stuffed animal patterns called “Rumpled Quilt Skins”. I still sell PDF versions of them, I just never stopped to make a Facebook page for them. … Read More

Pinch Pot Monster
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Here are the photos for making a Pinch Pot Monster. If you would like to see written instructions for this one and four more, please see Jenni Ward’s “Create with Clay 2” ebook.

How to Draw a Sea Shell
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Just in time for summer fun, a brand new tutorial for drawing sea shells. Materials: • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola Crayons • View and download Sea Shell PDF tutorial Draw center guidelines on drawing paper lightly with a pencil. Follow Sea Shell PDF tutorial for drawing the shells. Trace the … Read More

“Create with Clay 3” eBook
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More help for the ceramic artists, here’s collection #3 from my friend Jenni Ward. This one has all kinds of good pointers on how to make legs that will stand up, how to make different textures, and more. • View and download Create with Clay 3 eBook Save Save

Ceramic Tea Cups
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Here’s one of my favorite projects that is in my friend Jenni Ward’s new ebook, “Create with Clay 3″. When I think of all the possible variations you could try with these, it makes my head hurt, but in a totally good way. The book with detailed written instructions will be posted before the weekend is … Read More

Summertime!
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And with the stroke of the clock, and the emptying of a room, a new schedule begins. This time I get to choose more of what my days will look like, in both cleaning up from the past, and preparing for the fall. I love this time of year as I get to do all those … Read More

Sprinkles Ceramic Glaze
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On my list of new things to do for the next school year is to work more ceramic projects into my curriculum. I experimented a little this spring with some new glazes and found this “Sprinkles” line from Duncan, which I love. This is Cobalt Blue, and there are many more, all with some very pretty … Read More

Model Magic Worms
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I’m going to try these little worms tomorrow in my last Model Magic class for the year. I have so many pre-K and kinders that I’m trying to keep the projects simple, without loosing out on the cute factor. Students will need to roll lots of balls, trying to make them consecutively smaller before attaching together. … Read More

Metal Tooling Mask
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Students made mini masks in my last metal tooling class and this 2nd grader, Megan B., did an exceptional job. Materials: • Waterbased markers • Felt, approx. 7″ x 6″ rectangles • Pencil • Metal Tooling • Brush Sharpie Markers • Black card stock paper, approx. 9″ x 6″ • Masking tape PREP: Cut metal tooling … Read More

Draw Places and Plants eBook
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Just posted to My PDF Shop, my latest How to Draw ebook. In it you’ll find tutorials on how to draw Amsterdam Buildings, Asian House, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Farm, Vanishing Point Landscape, Island Lighthouse, Medieval, Castle, Russian Buildings, Statue of Liberty, Old House, Country Barn, Capitol Building, Country House, Haunted House, Shop, Starry Night City, … Read More

Common Core Cork Coasters
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I gave this project it’s extra long name to emphasize that you can make a cool pattern AND remind young students that triangles are always made with just three sides. Could be a nice Father’s Day gift too as a pack of 4 cork discs only costs $5. Materials: • Cork Discs • Sharpie markers, brush … Read More

Summer Self Portrait
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My 3rd and 4th graders are finishing their year long art journal books with summer self portraits. They are drawing themselves with reflections of what they will be seeing this summer. This task was super easy thanks to some little wooden glasses I found at Michaels. I love how they helped students draw nice size heads … Read More

Recycling Clay in the Classroom
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My friend Jenni Ward is both a ceramic teacher and fine artist who knows a thing or two about clay and how to use it wisely. Here is a link to her advice on how to recycle clay so that none of it every need be thrown away. • Recycling Clay in the Classroom

Very Berry Pies
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My art room turned into a bakery this afternoon. This was a simple idea that the kids just took and ran with. Materials: • 8 oz. or so clear plastic cup • Model Magic, terra cotta • Model Magic, bisque • Model Magic, primary colors • Clear sealer 1. Students mixed even amounts of bisque and … Read More

Summer Flip Flops
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I have trouble throwing away clean colorful food boxes, and was inspired by the beach theme of these cracker boxes for my art journal class. 1. I made a 5″ tall flip flop pattern and gave each students lots of cut up box sections. They were to trace on the back to create two matching flip … Read More

Veteran Flag from Georgia
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In honor of Memorial Day, here’s one of my favorite posts from a few years ago. Claire L., a volunteer who works regularly with the seniors, planned this project that I hear was a huge success. In fact, here is what she wrote about the completion of the flag: “When I went to Southland Nursing Home … Read More

TN Art Retreat, 5 Spots Left
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Update: Only 5 spots left! Plans are now in place for my 3rd Annual Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN this summer. Years ago I met Regina from Whitney Hill Estates through my sister who lives nearby, and knew instantly that her amazingly restored B&B would be the perfect location for an artsy weekend. I can … Read More

Metal Tooling Sun
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This metal tooling project needs two circle templates to get started. It’s only taken me a few years to learn to find ready-made ones, as in old CDs, and the inside of a roll of masking tape. Materials: • Chipboard for templates • Metal tooling • Scissors • Masking tape roll • Felt • Pencil • … Read More

Ceramic Fishie
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Here’s a sample tutorial my friend Jenni Ward has included in her new “Create with Clay 2″ ebook that was recently added to my PDF shop. This book contains a total of five wonderful, teacher-tested art projects, including this adorable fish, with detailed instructions for each photo. • View Create with Clay 2 eBook

Art Trading Card Template
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I had so much fun with my first ATC Line Art template I decided I’d make one more. This time I plan to challenge students to play with scale, as in making the animals look very large or small, depending on their drawn surroundings. • View and download ATC animal template

Create with Clay FAQ
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Jenni Ward, a renowned ceramic artist from Santa Cruz, is my friend who is sharing many of her projects for children in two new ebooks, Create with Clay 1 and 2. After years of teaching classes and campls, she has organized a list of answers to frequently asked questions concerning the ceramic process. This 4-page PDF … Read More

Draw a Vanishing Point Road
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Here’s a simple landscape tutorial that illustrates the vanishing point perspective. Materials: • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola Crayons • View and Vanishing Point Road PDF tutorial Draw center guidelines on drawing paper lightly with a pencil. Follow Vanishing Point Road Tutorial for drawing the landscape. Trace the drawing with a … Read More

Grumpy Cat Heads
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For Grumpy Cat fans, a page of heads that are waiting for bodies to be drawn, colored or painted in. He does have the most amazing blue eyes, doesn’t he? • View and download Grumpy Cat Heads

Draw Russian Buildings
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Russian architecture is so different than buildings children are used to drawing. The “ice cream” topped towers look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. • View and download Russian Buildings Tutorial

Metal Tooling Fish
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I’m trying a Metal Tooling class after school, and was happy with how this turned out, especially as I had quite a few kinders, along with 1st and 2nd graders. Templates helped every one get started with a nice large simple fish, which they personalized in very creative ways. Materials: • Chipboard for templates • Metal … Read More

Watercolor Kimonos
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Students used sandwich wrap paper to draw symmetrical kimono shapes today, and then finished with liquid watercolor paint. A tutorial on this has to wait until summer break, but I will get to it as this worked well in so many ways. The transparent tissue allowed for drawing one side and then tracing the other so … Read More

Big Head People
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Today’s Model Magic students made little people again, but this time with extra large heads. It was fun to bring out the cartoon quality in them, and was easier to add features and hair too. I’m loving how this material works like a charm for all grade levels, as I have Pre-K through 3rd in one … Read More

Veggie Painting
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I found this idea for painting vegetables over at Artsonia.com. If anyone would like to take credit for creating it, please let me know. I’ve painted plant roots before, but never colorful vegetables – it’s a great idea. Materials: • Watercolor paper • Crayola Crayons • Liquid Watercolor paint 1. On watercolor paper, students draw in … Read More

Layla’s Mini Canvas Cat
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This marvelous cat was created in my after school Mini Canvas Class today, by a first grader named Layla. I love the lopsided eye, crazy palette, and precise coloring that the Sharpie Brush markers allow. If you are interested in the craft stick easel instructions, the link is below. I’ve made a few updates to it, … Read More

Mister Seahorse
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Eric Carle’s wonderful book “Mister Seahorse” is perfect for kinders that are studying amazing animals, such as mine in the Los Angeles School District. This project has been on my keeper list for years now, and I even have a previous tutorial I will add below. Pictured here is the plastic embroidery mesh panels that I … Read More

Oil Pastel Kimono
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Studying the art culture from other countries offers a a new perspective on common items such as clothing. 1.Students start by drawing a large T shape that fills their paper. The sides of the kimono are added next, and then some details (see diagram). 2. Students look at sample photos of kimono fabric and and then … Read More

Over and Under Paper Sculpture
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This was a fun project this week that goes in the “keeper” file. I challenged kinders to make curly, zig-zag and curvy ines, and then whatever else they could think of. PREP: Cut cardstock into squares, fold up edges on each, cut slits and tape in place to make a box for each student. Use a … Read More

NEW! Frida Kahlo Mural
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In honor of the amazing Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, I have created a new color-by-number posterized mural that is now up for sale in my PDF Shop. It only uses 3 colors plus black, so there are lots of coloring possibilities. • View Frida Kahlo Mural template in PDF Shop

Bubble Wrap Printing
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Printing with bubble wrap is a great intro to printmaking. I love how these circles end up looking like marbles.   Materials: • Art journal or 6″ x 9″ drawing paper • Bubble wrap • Acrylic paint • Paper plate • Paint brush • Pencil crayons • Paper towels   PREP: Cut panels of bubble wrap … Read More

Art Retreat 2016 Plans
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Update: Only 6 spaces left! Plans are now in place for my 3rd Annual Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN this summer. Years ago I met Regina from Whitney Hill Estates through my sister who lives nearby, and knew instantly that her amazingly restored B&B would be the perfect location for an artsy weekend. I can … Read More

Indian Elephants
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Here’s an assortment of 4th grade Indian elephants from last week. I just love them! They were made with a Sharpie, crayons and liquid watercolors, from my Elephant Tutorial, and will go in student’s 6″ x 9″ journals. Tip: Have students start their drawing by folding the paper in half, lengthwise, which is where the neck … Read More

Haring Mural
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What a difference a little paint makes, right? My school has a wonderful volunteer working on a “Buddy Program” right now, so when I was asked for some ideas for a mural, this Keith Haring “Best Buddies” was an obvious solution. The process was pretty simple, which is easy for me to say as I didn’t … Read More

Mom Pop Out Flower Card
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My students are learning how to make pop out flowers this week, which make a pretty nice Mother’s Day card. Last year I did this with hearts, but I like this flower for this time of year, for all the obvious reasons. Supplies: • 12″ x 12″ solid cardstock scrapbook paper • 12″ x 12″ print … Read More

My Sharpie Book
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So I have a pretty cool announcement to make, I’ve been moonlighting to my moonlighting job, and have written my first art book! Last summer Quarry Books contacted me and asked if I would be interested in creating a Sharpie art book for kids, as they had just done well with one for adults. I was … Read More

New Ebook, Create with Clay 2
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Here are five more creative ceramic projects from my friend, Jenni Ward, a renowned ceramic artist from Santa Cruz. She has been working with children for years, and has collected five more of her favorite clay projects. If you are looking for some more clay project ideas with clear visual instructions, then this is the book … Read More

USA Flag Collage
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Faith Ringgold, an African-American artist, is best known for her large story quilts. In 1985 she made a piece titled “Flag Story Quilt” which inspired this collage. 1. To help cut swatches, I gave the students a template to follow, printed on 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. I passed out several old magazines to have them cut out swatches of red, and … Read More

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 as shown in pencil. Add at least three trees … 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

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 as simple as possible so young artists could easily … Read More

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