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 Save Save Save

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. • View and download Corgi Dog PDF Tutorial Save Save Save

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.   Use the bottom of a jar of rubber cement to draw 3 circles in pencil on watercolor paper. Add stems. 2. Draw dandelion stems and trace with a thin Sharpie marker. Erase … 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 template page 1. Lots of … 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. • View and download Sea Shell PDF tutorial Save Save

“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 (about 7″ tall) in my last metal tooling class and this 2nd grader, Megan B., did an exceptional job. I had students first draw a large face with a water base marker, which could be easily wiped away if necessary. Whey they liked the face, they put a piece of felt underneath … 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 based on math. Start with drawing a triangle in the middle. Attach another triangle to a side, and so on. Make them long, short, or in between, just keep adding two sides to make a new one until the … 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 artroom turned into a bakery this afternoon. This was a simple idea that the kids just took and ran with. 1. Students mixed even amounts of bisque and terra cotta colored Model Magic to make a nice golden colored crust. A round ball was shaped and then pressed on the table to make a flat … 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.

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. • View and Vanishing Point Road PDF tutorial

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 as desired. PREP: Cut black paper to 7.5″ x 5.5″ so … 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. 1. On watercolor paper, students draw in pencil a horizontal line across the middle of the page. They … 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 palatte, and precise coloring that the Sharpie Brush markers allow little hands to do. If you are interested in the craft stick easel instructions, the link is below. I’ve made a … 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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Awhile back I had a chance to print with bubble wrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. 1. Cut panels of bubble wrap that is smaller than the journal pages so that the paint wouldn’t go all the way to the edges. Students are given a brush, acrylic paint and paper plate. … 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

Book Preview at Art Retreat 2016
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If you’re daydreaming about doing something creative this summer, would love to be pampered while you do it, and don’t like crowds, consider signing up for my 3rd annual Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN. It will be held for a nice long weekend, July 7-10, for a maximum of 10 guests in an historic bed … Read More

Giant Rainbow Canvas
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In honor of Earth Day, three consecutive classes (graders 2 and 3) made this today. I do believe that trash never looked so good! 1. I drew rainbow lines in marker on an old stretched canvas. 2. Students cut lots of swatches while I applied them with a glue stick. 3. I  continued for 3 classes … Read More

Earth Day Door Poster
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My friend Simona shared her daughter’s classroom Earth Day mural with me awhile back. I think it’s spectacular! I thought it might inspire a few more artists before Tuesday’s Earth Day festivities. My Earth Day Doodle Mural comes in two sizes, one perfect for doors, and can be found at my PDF Shop.

Mosaic CD Coaster
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I found this great idea over at Mini Matisse. I love how the plastic case makes a nice sturdy frame to work with, and the clear closure lets you just admire the colorful beans when you are done. 1. Several varieties of dried beans are needed, just test them first to see they are not thicker … Read More

Giant Rainbow Collage
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In honor of Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd, I’d like to repost a project from a few years ago. Shown here is the finished rainbow collage, all covered in clear packing tape, trimmed out and ready to hang. Final size, approx. 7 feet wide by 2 feet tall. To review: Students cut out swatches … Read More

More Gold Rush People
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I just had to share a few more Gold Rush figures made recently by 4th graders. Aren’t they adorable? They are shaped over clothes pins that were glued to wood bases I found at Michaels. They worked great and created a place for some accessories too, like bags of gold and little pick axes. A quick … Read More

Self Portraits, Modigliani Style
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Modigliani was an Italian artist that lived in the early 1900s, known for his soulful yet slightly exaggerated portrait paintings, especially involving the length of the necks. This is a fun way to push the idea, which somehow frees students up in their drawing. They don’t worry so much about making an exact replica of themselves. … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page
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With coloring books being all the rage, I thought I’d repost this freebie that I made last year, based on my Earth Day Doodle Mural. Color on everyone. • View and download Earth Day Coloring Page

Air Dry Clay Totem Poles
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Here’s a cool project I found recently over at dickblick.com. Air dry clay formed into animals and stacked on a dowel to make a totem pole. I like how it is based on American Indian animal symbols, and requires a bit of attention to physical balance too. Acrylic painting comes next week, stay turned.

Recycled Magazine Bowls
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. These bowls are fun to make AND all about reusing that which ends up in the trash. 1. Every student needs a 1″ wide x 12″ cardboard stick, scotch tape (preferably in a dispenser) and a magazine. To begin, students are to tear out magazine pages, taking care … Read More

Dominic’s Piglets
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These adorable pigs were made today by Dominic, a kinder. Can you tell he kind of got into what he was making with Model Magic and popsicle sticks? P.S. The shine comes from a spritz of Mod Podge spray. It keeps the art from getting dull and cracked.

Dissected Flower Drawing
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This is a little twist on the dissecting and coloring technique. If at the end you shade the corners of each shape you make, you get a softer and more sophisticated abstraction. 1. Students draw a vase that takes up most of the drawing paper. To help with making a symmetrical shape, they may fold scrap … Read More

Instant Paper Mache Tiles
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Years ago I bought a huge supply of instant paper mache, thinking it was going to be my quick answer for 3D work. Well, I have since tried using it in all kinds of ways, and it was always just too mushy for most kids to make anything even recognizable. Finally, this option that was a … Read More

Draw a Lemur
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Ever wonder how to draw a lemur? This guy is pretty cute and pretty easy. • View and download Lemur PDF Tutorial

Paul Klee Line Drawing
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My project of the week? A reworking of an old continuous line drawing in the style of Paul Klee. I made a tutorial awhile back that I posted HERE, but am redoing it on 6″ x 9″ cardstock and colored with Crayola Color Sticks.

Fuzzy Mice
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Here’s a simple collage idea that I modified today from a few years ago. Students first tear little white ovals from copy paper for mouse bodies, and finish with cut out ears and tail. All are glued to a bright background, either large or small as shown here. I love how the fuzzy bodies end up … Read More

Tissue Flowers + Common Core
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Here’s proof that art lessons can mix with math, and not loose their creativity. Students create various stages of blooming flowers by folding tissue circles into halves, quarters and eighths. I developed this less a few years ago, and am happy to share it again for spring time needs. • View and download Blooming Flowers Tutorial

Model Magic Miner
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Here’s another idea of something to try with Model Magic. Just keep in mind that this figure was made by a ridiculously talented 4th grader, and is not what should be expected of a elementary school student, or even middle school. I expect to see Aidan S.’s art in a museum some day. He made this … Read More

Tissue Paper and Starch Tiles
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Here’s another take on my tissue tile project posted recently, I just wanted to share that there is an even easier way to make them … with good old liquid starch. It dries much faster and keeps things much less sticky. I found my starch at Smart & Final, which is a restaurant supply store in … Read More

Easy Statue of Liberty Tutorial
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I believe that some students in CA are learning about US landmarks this time of year. Here’s a tutorial for drawing the Statue of Liberty that is pretty simple, but still keeps all the recognizable features of this amazing statue. • View and download Statue of Liberty Tutorial

Flower Pot Painting
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Here’s a good first step for kids to learn how to to add some perspective to their drawings. Rather than make a flat profile drawing of a flower pot, have them start with an oval so their plants can “grow” right out of the dirt. 1. Students followed my drawing, starting with an oval in the … Read More

Draw a Doberman
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Maybe it’s the oversized nose or the dark coloring. Something about this drawing had my students create some really great looking dogs a few weeks back. The symmetry probably helps too, that always seems to make things easier. • View and download Doberman PDF Tutorial

Ceramic Bird Nest
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Here’s a preview project from my new ebook collaboration with ceramic artist Jenni Ward. She has 20+ years of teaching, along with her own successful fine art career, so this book is coming from an expert in the field. I love this simple nest and eggs idea, which will be included in her upcoming “Create with … Read More

Paper Mache Eggs
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I love springtime crafts that imitate nature. I experimented with covering plastic eggs with paper mache, and came up with this simple decoration. 1. I used the recipe pasted below, and covered a few plastic eggs with small bits of newspaper and mache. Several layers are best so that no plastic is peeking through. Let dry … Read More

Featured in Cool Crafts
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I’m happy to share a great site that is featuring one of my favorite tissue paper projects from last year. Check them out because they have lots of ideas I have never seen before, all in a beautiful clean layout (my favorite!). Thank you Cool Crafts!

Draw a Sea Otter
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My students really enjoyed this tutorial, I think because their drawing ended up looking like a real otter, but still very cute, which I admit adds to the fun. The original comes from Art for Kids hub, I just turned it into a tutorial for my kids. • View and download Sea Otter PDF tutorial

NEW! Earth Day Floral Mural
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Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd, and group coloring project that creates a large mural is a great way to honor the day AND add lots of color to your room. As an added bonus, this mural comes in 2 sizes, 25 and 36 pages, so that classes of all sizes may enjoy … Read More

Earth Day Collage
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This is still one of my favorite ideas from last year. Why try to make 24 or so small collages when one big one has much more impact? Draw a 3 foot tall or so drop on white butcher paper. Students cut all sorts of blue art from magazines and drop it at the front of … Read More

Painting a Peacock
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There’s little reason to wonder why peacocks are a popular art subject, but I have never found an approach that I liked until I saw this layout at That Artist Woman’s blog. I love that you can easily see the face and feathers. I also tried finishing it off with a silver Sharpie marker for some … Read More

Kinder Cupcakes
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If there is one project that is the hands down favorite with kinder teachers and parents alike, it’s these little ceramic cupcakes. They are essentially made from two pinch pots, one of them pressed into a rubber holder which gives them the necessary ridges. They are simple, a perfect intro project to clay, and make adorable … Read More

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