Endangered Animals Earth Day Mural
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Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. My Endangered Earth Day collaborative art project is great for schools and any group that wants to create something special by working together. Color each page and then tape together to end up with a 48″ x 48″ mural. The endangered species shown are: Sandhill Crane, Gorilla, Macaw, … Read More

FREE! Mini Earth Day Mural
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Try out one of my collaborative templates and see how easy it is to make large and colorful mural. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show you how my larger ones work. Just print out the pages, trim to the art, color and tape together to make one large 24″ … Read More

Draw a Caterpillar
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Here’s a little tip on how to draw a caterpillar with very “squishy” sections. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. • View and download Draw a Caterpillar PDF Tutorial MATERIAL • Drawing … Read More

Make a Penguin
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If your students are studying penguins, consider adding this Model Magic project. There’s also now available a very creative penguin-themed art book to go with it, “Penguins Love Colors” by Sarah Aspinall. It’s cute and perfect for young students just learning to name and appreciate colors. MATERIALS • Model Magic: Black, White, Orange and Blue • … Read More

Draw a Clown
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My clown tutorial seems to be pretty popular over at Pinterest, so here is an update. My recommendation? Start with black paper so your clown can truly have the white face that makes him or her so fun to color. • View and download Draw a Clown tutorial   MATERIALS • Black construction paper • Oil … Read More

Kandinsky Circles with Oil Pastels
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Kandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s. His “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun and easy painting to imitate. Encourage students to lay in on thick, so they will have lots of rich colors. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ • Oil pastels (I recommend Portfolio brand) DIRECTIONS 1. Start … Read More

Lois Mailou Jones Drawing
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This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is in honor of Black History month. During Lois’ remarkable life, she painted, designed masks, textiles and stained glass windows, traveled the world and never stopped learning. Her “Les Fetiches” art has a style that is fun to imitate. MATERIALS • Black cardstock paper • Colored pencils DIRECTIONS 1. Starting with a … Read More

Draw a Snail
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Learning about snails in your classroom? Here’s a simple way to draw one, all starting with the number “6”. I found a wonderful foreign website (pavulurivikram.blogspot.dk) that has lots of drawings based on numbers, and want to give theme credit for this idea. I just added some realistic antennae so the snail would be more true … Read More

Clay Cactus
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My quest for finding easy clay projects that create sturdy little sculptures has led me to this, working with little plastic cups. I found that a little cactus formed in a plastic cup will help keep the arms in place while they dry. The cups also helped some of my very young students make their art … Read More

PreK Painting, Little Birdies
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Young painters, like preK and kinders, need to explore with paint, but I think they enjoy making recognizable shapes as well. These little birds are easy to draw, and have an added extra cute factor. I made a template with dashed lines for them to start, especially because this was going to be used as a … Read More

New “How to Draw” eBook
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Due to numerous requests to purchase this book I am now offering all of its content, including the cover art, in a condensed (18 MB) PDF e-file, for just $25. Print to create your own 3″ binder or simply download to a flash drive for portability. Use this link to preview and purchase. • How to … Read More

Color Mixing with Sharpies
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Did you know that you can actually blend colors with Sharpies? And that you can do this particularly well with brush Sharpies on canvas? Here’s one of my projects from my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book. I added darker colors on top of lighter colors, and then went back and forth with each to soften … Read More

Celebrate Black History with W. H. Johnson
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In celebration of Black History month, I’ve created this mural in the style of William H. Johnson (1901-1970), a very talented painter who had a difficult life. He came to be widely admired for his primitive style and bright colors, but sadly, only after he had passed away. I love the rural scenes that he often painted, so … Read More

Watercolor Resist Hearts
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These watercolor resist hearts use rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with some patient drying time in between steps. It’s a great way to show kids how rich their art can be if they just focus … Read More

Collaborative Hearts on Canvas
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Looking for a collaborative project that creates a colorful, finished work of art? Try my favorite combo of Sharpies on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas and you are guaranteed some pretty amazing results. Sharpies make the color super bright, and the dry wax paper will hug the canvas in a way that nothing … Read More

Valentine Kids from Nebraska
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Here is some Valentine art that is just too cute not to share. Lisa H. wrote,“We live in Nebraska and every Friday my younger kids and my older grand kids get together to craft. We love your inspirational ideas!” I love how well her kids made their little figures, all lined up and holding their hearts. … Read More

Heart Trees
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright told his students, “Limits are an artist’s best friend.” That’s because they force us to find answers we might not otherwise have discovered. Students are to draw a picture with only one tree, one simple hill, and hearts that may be any size, and any place on the picture. No sun, no … Read More

Valentine Tissue Paper Flowers
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This technique for making tissue paper flowers is not new, but I have a new appreciation for its simplicity. If your students have had an overload of 2D work lately, try this crafty 3D one that will give them practice on folding, twisting, cutting and pulling. Oh, and make a pretty Valentine gift while they are … Read More

Klimt Tree of Life from Kuwait
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This amazing work of art comes all the way from the Middle East. Kristen D. wrote, “Hello, I just wanted to thank you so much for the brilliant tree project. I did this with my 5 year olds at Kuwait English School today and, although they didn’t follow the Color guide, had a fantastic time creating … Read More

Jim Dine Heart
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Jim Dine is an American pop artist, famous for his series of heart paintings. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. Coloring over wrinkled paper with oil pastels is a guaranteed way to get that rough look that Jim Dine is famous for. • View … Read More

Flying Heart Balloons
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My goal with this flying heart balloon painting was to keep things really simple so kids could experiment with their wet-on-wet painting. This fourth grader, Lola, did an impeccable job, using the colors to make shadows. I’m in love with that center balloon, which blends fuschia and red. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Pencil • Crayons … Read More

Color Mixing Hearts
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There are times when it is good to plan with a pencil, and then there are times when you just need to draw with a brush. You can’t go wrong with these rows of delicate hearts, even if they do get crooked and lopsided. In fact, I think hat makes them look even better. Who wants … Read More

Mini Canvas Art
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I brought back one of my favorites, mini canvas art, for an after school class today. Mini canvases, brush Sharpies and homemade craft stick easels. My lesson was about making art with letters, so they just drew their first initial in block form and decorated it with lots of patterns. A nice, simple way to make … Read More

Draw an Astronaut
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Here’s one way to spark a child’s interest in science and space. Show them how to draw an astronaut and space ship, floating among stars and planets. All are made with simple shapes, and fun to color in when complete. Just click on the link below and you can download your own pdf tutorial for a … Read More

Starving Artist No More Summit
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Have you ever thought about using your talents to bring in extra income? Are you the person that all the family comes to when they have an artsy project? What if your life could have more creativity in it AND earn extra money for you and your family? Well, my friend and fellow artist Heidi Easley … Read More

Reader’s Year of the Rooster Mural
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This just in, a finished “Chinese New Year of the Rooster” mural from Alison, a teacher. She opted to use an acrylic paint mixed with a soft gel medium to add some shine. I think this is a brilliant move as I can imagine that oil pastels would tend to smear onto the white. I opt … Read More

Ceramic Textured Fish
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This ceramic textured fish project turned out to be a great way to guarantee even kinders make sturdy creations in clay. The solution was to give each student a slab of clay and plastic knife, and have them just cut and add shapes to it. It totally kept them from making tiny little things that often … Read More

Cubist Heart
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If you know how to tint and shade with oil pastels, then try testing your skills on this Cubist style heart. MATERIALS • Multimedia or card stock paper, square • Pencil • Ruler • Oil pastels, soft variety works best, like Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. Starting with a square paper, students draw a large heart in … Read More

Mini Me Custom Valentines
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I’m a sucker for custom Valentines. They just celebrate the day in a way no store bought card ever could. MATERIALS • Black and white head shot of each student, about 2″ tall • White card stock paper • Scissors • Glue stick • Black marker • Colored pencils DIRECTIONS 1. A black and white head … Read More

Ceramic Heart Bowls
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The Dollar Tree store scores again. Some ceramic heart bowls seen on Pinterest started my search for rounded plastic bowls to use as forms. The only problem was that bowls all had indents on the bottom, which would take away from the smooth look. I found the perfect solution with these colanders from the local dollar … Read More

CHA Booth Art
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Trade shows come with some of the most striking art. Some of the big companies actually recreate beautiful little stores within convention centers. These were found outside of the Little Birdies booth. I’ve never seen such a pretty arrangement of paper flowers!

Mod Podge at the CHA Show
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I made a friend at the Mod Podge booth at the the CHA Show today. I couldn’t help but share how I use their products all the time with my Sharpie art, and they asked me to share my story on video. The company is turning 50 this year (can you believe it?) and they are … Read More

Craft & Hobby Association Show
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A few months ago I entered and online contest called “Creativations”. Sponsored by Michaels, it was looking for new and creative ideas, all kinds. I submitted my dry wax paper + Sharpie + glue on canvas, and was very happy to be one of the 25 finalists. This is my table for the weekend. I’m having … Read More

Cake Collage
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Try finding a stationary store that is willing to donate damaged specialty paper for a real treat in supplies. This is the image that started it all. I was volunteering in my son’s 2nd grade class and two students went off to a corner to make a birthday card for a friend. I turned around to … Read More

Radial Hearts Drawing
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Students can practice radial symmetry with this Radial Hearts drawing. It takes time to fill in the entire paper, but the results can be really amazing. And once someone gets good at the process, it can be applied to many other shapes as well. MATERIALS • Colored Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ • White card … Read More

Be My Valentine Painting
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This Valentine painting was inspired by a simple stock art drawing. I think it would make the beginning of a great story, given it’s a flying cat, holding a heart for someone. Lots of questions to be answered. I highly recommend either printing the guide lines shown before hand, or having kids fold their paper to … Read More

Liberty Bell Art
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To honor it’s history, here’s a Liberty Bell art project that uses sgraffito, an ancient scratch art technique. • View and download Liberty Bell line drawing MATERIALS • Cardstock paper • Oil pastels (I prefer the Portfolio brand) • Stick for scratching DIRECTIONS Print Liberty Bell artwork for each student.   2. Students color in the … Read More

President’s Day Popsicle Stick Log Cabin
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Mini craft sticks are just the right size to make a cute little popsicle stick log cabins. MATERIALS • Mini Craft Sticks, 14 per house • Utility scissors • Craft glue DIRECTIONS 1. These little popsicle sticks I found at JoAnn Fabric’s, and are about 2 1/2″ long. I started by lining up six sticks, and … Read More

Cheap Art Supplies at NAEIR
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I recently found an amazing site that has some really cheap art supplies, among many other things. NAEIR offers official organizations access to thousands of brand new, high-quality products for a fraction of retail cost. NAEIR is a non-profit that takes in donations from corporations, and passes the savings on to groups that are dedicated to … Read More

Student MLK mural art from the Bronx
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Thank you to Ms. Serre and Ms. March’s fourth grade class from PS11 in the Bronx, NY. They quickly put one of my murals together today, and shared the results. Isn’t it great? I just love the colors they chose, and the way they got the black so black. Great job kids! For anyone that is … Read More

President’s Day Painting Project
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So it turns out that a coffee filter, Sharpie and watercolor paint can make a pretty great President’s Day painting project. You can even try some shading by adding an extra layer of brown to Abe so that he stands out from the background. Make a traditional penny, or go crazy and make a pop art, … Read More

“How to Draw” Book Giveaway Winner!
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Thanks so much to everyone who entered my first-ever “How to Draw” Book Contest! It seems I’ve found the perfect giveaway. I was truly overwhelmed by the 600+ comments that popped up in just two days, many with really nice feedback from followers. It’s so nice to learn that my years of trying new drawings has … Read More

How to Draw Martin Luther King
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I put my portrait drawing skills to the test today to see if I show students how to draw Martin Luther King, hopefully with a decent resemblance.The kids did a great job so I thought I’d pass this along as I know quite a few students are studying the life of this amazing man. TIP: I … Read More

Collaborative Martin Luther King Mural
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A reader shared this collaborative Martin Luther King mural photo awhile back, and it’s one of my favorites. I’m amazed how neatly they colored it and put it together. (Also, would love it if someone could let me know whose school this is. I’d love to credit them!) The mural was made with my Martin Luther … Read More

“How to Draw” Book Giveaway
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Well, it’s the last day of my holiday break, so I thought I’d make it a fun one by offering up a GIANT “How to Draw” book giveaway. This baby contains all 204 of my tutorials that I have created over the years, all in sleeve protectors and a 3″ heavy-duty binder, just ready and waiting … Read More

Draw Grumpy Cat
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Find how easy it is to draw Grumpy cat with my step-by-step tutorial. Luckily, he has some pretty distinctive features, like the dark rings around his eyes and his famous frowning mouth. Be sure to include them and color his fur with brown and white crayons, and you’re bound to have a cat with his adorable … Read More

Terrarium Painting
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Here’s how to make a terrarium painting, which is a pretty AND educational lesson for studying plant life. I’ve used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in the spring. The jar makes a nice frame for the artwork, and the root technique is a nice introduction to what I call, the “white … Read More

Nevelson Found Sculpture
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This Nevelson found sculpture was inspired by her creation of wood assemblages. Louise was a passionate artist who worked hard to get recognition in the mostly male art world, and wished to be seen as more than just a ‘woman artist’. She died in New York in 1988, but is now considered one of America’s most … Read More

Textured Ceramic Box
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Wouldn’t this textured ceramic box make a wonderful Valentine gift? It’s just one of the amazing clay projects in my friend’s ebook, “Create with Clay”. I’m sharing some snapshots of this project to show the quality of the photos, and the detailed steps she walks you through in all of her ceramic projects. Jenni currently lives … Read More

How to Draw a Rooster Head
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In honor of the Chinese New Year that kicks off on Jan. 28, I have created this “How to Draw a Rooster Head” tutorial, which lets young artists just focus on their colorful faces. This is officially the year of the rooster, so it’s a great way to mix a culture and art lesson. • View … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural 2017
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My new Chinese New Year Mural 2017 celebrates the Year of the Rooster. The first day of the New Year is on Saturday, January 28th. This mural is drawn and colored with the look of ancient tradition of Chinese paper cutting. These works were commonly made of red paper, as red is associated with festivities and happiness … Read More

Draw Your Neighborhood
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Learn how to draw your neighborhood by focusing on three main areas. This stacked arrangement is my solution for encouraging students to draw LARGE and fill their papers. I am fortunate in that I have a tabloid printer and can print a large graph that has three obvious sections, but the idea could still be done … Read More

Pipe Cleaner People
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These little pipe cleaner people are easy to make and fun to pose with their bendable legs and arms. They measure a little under 3″ when done, and have lots of possibilities for art projects, including Keith Haring, who was famous for murals with simple, colorful figures. MATERIALS • Pipecleaners, two per student DIRECTIONS Follow the … Read More

Z-Fold Holiday Card
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There’s nothing like a homemade card. I tried this Z-Fold Holiday Card to make a quick “quilted” image that didn’t actually call for any sewing. Another nice feature of it being a folded card is that it will stand on its own when finished. An instant display for holiday decorating. MATERIALS • Cream colored card stock, cut to 4.5″ … Read More

Gingerbread House Decorations
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Looking for ideas for homemade holiday decorations? I need some for my school’s holiday boutique, so I’m having students draw gingerbread houses and then cut them out. I found that if I instruct them that the center roof must touch the top of the paper and also the sides, they are bound to make them all … Read More

Giant Popsicle Stick Snowflake
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‘Tis the season for holiday decorations, so this Giant Popsicle Stick Snowflake is my solution for some inexpensive flakes that have a lot more impact than paper ones, and will last for seasons to come. MATERIALS • Jumbo Craft sticks, 6 per snowflake • Craft sticks, 12 per snowflake • Mini craft sticks, 6 per snowflake … Read More

Old Fashioned Winter House
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Old buildings are the stuff of storytelling, so this Old Fashioned Winter House is a perfect for young students this time of year. This painting was made by a kinder student named Ruby awhile back. I love how colorful her home is. Thanks Ruby for letting me share it! MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, … Read More

Negative Space Tree
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This negative space tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill in, but I have discovered that the marker will bleed in time and make a fuzzy line. If you want to avoid that, either … Read More

Miniature Snowman
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Here’s a Miniature Snowman project that I did after school with a matchbox class awhile back. There’s just something irresistible about miniature art. I think the parents were just as charmed with these as the kids were. • Matchbox Tutorial PDF Template and directions MATERIALS • White card stock paper • Glue stick • Sharpie, ultra … Read More

Watercolor Birch Trees
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This Watercolor Birch Tree project uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make the textured midnight sky. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Masking tape • Scissors • Watercolor paint, blue • Table salt • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS 1. Tape a border around the edge of a square of watercolor … Read More

Draw a Cardinal
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I’ve been on the lookout for a new way to draw a cardinal. This one, inspired by a stock art illustration is built on some very simple shapes that I think young children can draw. • View and download Cardinal Tutorial   MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Sharpie marker, black • Oil Pastels   DIRECTIONS 1. … Read More

Snowy Winter Silhouette Painting
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I am still struck by how bright these winter silhouette paintings came out, this one by a third grader. I honestly think it comes from upgrading my tempera paint to something better than the school grade stuff. I’ve never seen such vivid results from school supplies, but I love every painting made with this tempera paint … Read More

Craft Stick Snowflake
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I came up with this Craft Stick Snowflake to help students make a special gift for their parents that is inexpensive, non-denominational, and pretty quick to make. My sample measures about 10″ across, and is made from sticks that you can buy at Michaels or JoAnns. Even if you pay retail (without any coupons) the cost … Read More

Snowflake Painting
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Here’s a simple snowflake painting project that was inspired by an illustration on a stock art website. I’ve found some amazing ideas at istockphoto.com and shutterstock.com, and gettyimages.com, just to name a couple. Search vector illustrations for a topic and you can find literally thousands of drawing ideas. MATERIALS • Watercolor Paper, 9″ x 9″ (recommended … Read More

Quilling Snowflakes with Bread Ties
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Quilling is an art form that involves rolling, and gluing strips of paper together to create decorative designs. If you use bread ties instead, the curl stays and thus easier to glue too. MATERIALS • Craft sticks, regular size • Craft glue • Bread ties, white • Pencil • Magnetic strips (optional) DIRECTIONS 1. Students make … Read More

Draw a Frame
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Here’s a super easy way to draw a frame on your artwork with this fun, precut paper. Add a few swirly black lines and you have a wood grain look that adds a nice finish to any drawing inside. I would like to add that I was recently sampled a Crayola Class Pack of colored pencils … Read More

Watercolor Resist Snowflake Art
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This watercolor resist snowflake art is easy to create with laser-cut wood decorations that are found at craft stores. They make perfect crayon rubbing material because they are so decorative, yet perfectly flat. SUPPLIES • Multimedia Paper • Wooden Laser Cut Snowflakes • Chipboard, about 8″ x 10″ sheet for each snowflake • Craft glue • … Read More

Scratch Art with Oil Pastels
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Making scratch art with oil pastels can be rather basic, but have you tried making different color combos on one piece of art? Or coloring three layers to see what happens? Many different textures are possible, including this fuzzy-looking mitten. Please note that I used Portfolio pastels, which are really soft and rich in color. I … Read More

Clay Snowman
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This clay snowman is made with holes in his body so real twigs can be inserted when he (or she) is finished. I’ve learned to really appreciate white ceramic projects as they are so forgiving for young artists. Any spots in the ceramic finish don’t show up nearly as much as darker colors do. MATERIAL • … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face
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Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice old-fashioned look, along with the chance to color a nice white beard and fuzzy hat brim. • View and download Santa PDF Tutorial MATERIALS … Read More

Snowy Winter Tree Painting
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For this snowy winter tree painting, students have the chance to just focus on the branches without any worries about leaves. Studying their basic structure will help them draw more realistically. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing “Y Trees” before but this time it’s with a winter theme. • View How to Draw a “Y” … Read More

Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies
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These Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies are so easy to make, thanks to the perfect gingerbread Model Magic color, also known as “Terra Cotta”. If you have cookie cutters to use, that would make things easy. But if not, forming your own head, arms and legs will make for a cookie with lots of personality. MATERIALS • … Read More

Snowman Pop Out Cards
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These snowman pop out cards are easy to make, even with a large room of kids. Just be sure to cut all the circles and flakes ahead of time. Don’t make the mistake I did which was to think I could cut a few while students worked. Stress is trying to have a dozen young kids … Read More

Giant Nutcracker Drawings
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     My art room is filled with giant Nutcracker drawings right now, waiting to be lined up in our auditorium for our upcoming holiday show. I took a que from my Harvest festival decorations on butcher paper sketched one master nutcracker and have been tracing him in pencil for days. The kids love to trace and … Read More

Elf Feet Drawing
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Try Elf feet drawing for a fun holiday project. The close up view of just the legs and shoes make for festive picture that would be great for many different uses. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Scrap paper, 3.5″ x 3″ • Scissors • Pencil • Markers DIRECTIONS 1. Students fold their drawing paper in half … Read More

Mosaic Picture Frame
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This mosaic picture frame is actually just an old CD that is cut up and glued to a wooden frame. Finish with the right metallic paint and you’ll be certain to have that iridescent look that mosaic glass is famous for. MATERIALS • Old CDs • Heavy duty scissors • Wooden picture frame • Craft tacky … Read More

Candle Card
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A candle card works well for the holidays as so many religions use them to celebrate. This is simply drawing candles and then breaking up the background for a faux stained glass look. And this time, oil pastel smudges are welcome as they actually add to the artsy, glass-like look.   MATERIALS • White card stock … Read More

Draw a Teddy
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I taught my students how to draw a teddy with a few simple shapes, and they found many, many ways to turn him or her into their own creation. For instance, it only takes a shorter shirt and added skirt to turn this boy into a girl. View and download Teddy Bear Tutorial MATERIALS • Color … Read More

Draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
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I’ve made a tutorial on how to draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which I believe keeps his cute details, while keeping him as simple as possible to draw. That said, I would target this tutorial for children maybe ages 9 or 10. Rudolph is made from a lot of rounded, unsymmetrical shapes which I find … Read More

Recycled Pencil Star
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This recycled pencil star idea came about from seeing lots of half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too long to throw away. I first tried gluing them together to make a star on their own, but found they need a stable base. … Read More

Ornament Christmas Card
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To make this ornament Christmas card, try filling the shapes with lots of with lines and patterns and watch the edges appear all by themselves. MATERIALS • White cardstock paper, 5″ x 7″ • Scrap paper • Scissors • Pencil • Sharpie markers, assorted, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS 1. Cut ornament shapes from scrap paper. To … Read More

Mosaic Bean Art
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Students can make some beautiful mosaic bean art, thanks to lots of varieties you can find at your local grocery store. The earliest examples of mosaics have been found at a temple in Mesopotamia, which means this is one of the oldest art forms around. SUPPLIES • Cardboard, 2″ x 2″ • Dried beans, four or … Read More

Mixing Colors for a Fall Leaf
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There is no digital replacement for mixing colors for a fall leaf painting, and I was reminded again how much kids just love the unknown of stirring two colors together. I’ve come to believe that the more open ended mixing projects you can find, the better. This one was about using three pigments to make varying … Read More

Free Thanksgiving Mural
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In the spirit of giving this holiday week, I’d like to offer this free Thanksgiving Mural PDF template. The five-page file that you can download below has the four pages needed to color and tape together as shown, and single coloring sheet as well. When complete, it will make a charming 16″ x 16″ mural that … Read More

Draw a Turkey
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Here’s my popular “Draw A Turkey” tutorial in a format that is more computer friendly. If you prefer something you can print and pass out to students, try my PDF tutorial linked below.  Either way, I’ve found this front view of a turkey doable even by kinders as I have found they respond well to large … Read More

Paper Cactus
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Thanks to craft paper punches, projects like this paper cactus are totally possible even for classrooms. I just recommend pre-punching the circles for a group of 25 or more. I learned the hard way. MATERIALS • Miniature clay pot, about 2″ tall (Michaels has them) • Model Magic (leftovers or any brown color) • Craft paper … Read More

Beginner Weaving Project
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I found my new favorite beginner weaving project that takes very little prep work, is inexpensive, and still makes a very pretty little work of art. The best part? It kept two very talky 4th grade classes engaged for a full 45 minutes today. In fact, it was even a couple of boys who were begging … Read More

Turkey Coloring Page
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Need a follow up turkey coloring sheet for a Thanksgiving lesson? Or maybe just looking for a good adult coloring page for yourself? Here’s a turkey that I think offers more creative fun than your average bird. The graphic lines of the tail and feathers have LOTS of possibilities. • View and Download Turkey Coloring page … Read More

Sharpie Winter Landscape
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To wrap up my Sharpie Blog Roll, here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that I found works well for a wide range of students. The black permanent marker allows for liberal painting over the trees, and the white marker creates easy dots of snow to finish things off. • View and download Winter Landscape Tutorial … Read More

Sharpie Blog Roll and Giveaway
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BLOGGER TO VISIT on Monday, Nov. 14: Mini Matisse “Fibers and Sharpies”     BLOGGER TO VISIT on Sunday, Nov. 13: MaryMaking “Paper Bag Owl”   BLOGGER TO VISIT on Saturday, Nov. 12: Teach Kids Art “No Measure Mandala on Tin Foil”   BLOGGER TO VISIT on Friday, Nov. 11: Babble Dabble Do “Embossed Tin Art” … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turkey
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For something new, draw a cartoon turkey and then make up a funny story about him or her. This guy is pretty simple, and I’ve even tried it successfully with kinders. At the very least, you will get something far better than just tracing your hand. • View and download PDF Turkey tutorial MATERIALS • Color … Read More

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft
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Add a little holiday color with this pipe cleaner Christmas tree craft. It’s super quick, and actually doesn’t even require glue as the pipe cleaner wire stays in place and the mini pom poms cling on their own. This little tree is about 5″ tall. MATERIALS • Super Colossal Pipe Cleaners • Mini Clay Pot, 1.5″ … Read More

Veterans Day Poppy Painting
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Veterans Day, Nov. 11th, is the day our country sets aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. The bright, red poppy flower has a long history of association with this special day. This project can serve to honor our nations veterans, and also give students … Read More

Cake Sculpture, Miniature Style
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Here’s an easy way to make a very yummy looking cake sculpture, thanks to all the great food-looking colors that Model Magic comes in. Their natural set makes a perfect chocolate and caramel, and the white looks like whipped cream every time. Need one more reason? Math is involved when circles are cut into quarters. Fractions … Read More

How to Draw an Alpaca
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In case you need to learn how to draw an Alpaca, here’s the perfect tutorial for you. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years by the people of northern Peru. • Draw an Alpaca PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Alpaca tutorial for each student • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker • Crayons DIRECTIONS … Read More

Travel Journal Page
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I used two laws of perspective to help give this travel journal page drawing some depth. With distance, similar shapes appear to get smaller, and colors in general get lighter. MATERIALS • Art Journal page or paper • Black marker • Colored pencils DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a border around the edge. Add a horizon line about … Read More

Koi Fish Watercolor Project
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This Koi fish watercolor project has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest since it went up a couple of years ago. Here it is again for those that missed it the first time around. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Crayons • Liquid watercolor DIRECTIONS 1. Students start with drawing the tear drop fish … Read More

How to Paint a Pumpkin
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Here is a look at my how to paint a pumpkin instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could make a dimensional looking pumpkin. Drawing a circle and painting it orange would not produce nearly the same results, so it was important to … Read More

Paper Mache Cardboard Letters
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You can make your own paper mache cardboard letters and help recycle some trash at the same time. No need to buy those expensive premade ones from the store, homemade is so much better. MATERIALS • Corrugated cardboard, about two 12″ squares for each letter • Styrofoam cups • White glue • Masking tape • Paper … Read More

Easy Ceramic Cupcake
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This easy ceramic cupcake project is my very favorite, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. I’m pretty sure though that it has lots of appeal for any holiday gifts too. It is so simple which helps all the students feel successful when they complete it, and makes a keepsake that my parents … Read More

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