Recycled Coffee Cups for Paint
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I wouldn’t guarantee that these are “spill proof” cups, but they will beat a totally open cup any day. I needed to distinguish between some similar watercolor paints today, and … Read More

Watercolor, Salt and Snowflakes
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Here is a really simple way to add texture to a watercolor painting. Just sprinkle salt while it’s still wet and let sit for a few minutes. All kinds of … Read More

Miniature Pies
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Thanks to infarrantlycreative.net for this great mini food art idea. My kids loved making them last week, the only catch was having enough bottles of glitter glue to keep about … Read More

Reindeer Drawing
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Ever hear of Flat Stanley? Well, here’s a flat reindeer for your kids to draw. I’ve always thought the real ones are pretty tricky to draw, so my solution is … Read More

Stained Glass Candle
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The good and bad news is that oil pastels like to smudge together, especially when black is around. But rather than fight it, why not embrace it in the way … Read More

Christmas Ornament Card
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I made this Christmas ornament drawing using a set of fine tip markers. If you draw the edges of a shape lightly in pencil, fill in the inside with lines, … Read More

Matchbox Art Template
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Finally, my promised Matchbook Art Template and instructions. I tried this on several different papers and ended up liking a heavy 110 lb. card stock the best. Here’s how I … Read More

Winter Townhouse
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Here’s an idea for a winter painting, a good old-fashioned townhouse. Try using a cardboard rectangle template just to help students get the basic shape started. The roof and details … Read More

Glue and Color Sticks
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This abstract landscape was drawn with Elmer’s glue on black cardstock paper, and later filled in with Crayola Color Sticks. I promise this is not a paid endorsement, I just … Read More

Gingerbread House with Form
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I saved this Gingerbread House project for my 3rd and 4th graders so they could practice making a house with “form” and not just “shape”. A one-sided house has shape, … Read More

Gingerbread Boy
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If you want to spur a little more creative thinking with a gingerbread cookie painting project, try asking students to add some clothing. Older students may also add a 3D … Read More

Super Scratch Art Mitten
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Making scratch art with oil pastels is not new, but have you tried making different color combos on one piece of art? Or tried coloring three layers to see what … Read More

Patterned Mitten
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I often see students use oil pastels like crayons, as in lightly coloring and shading with them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t let pastels show their “true colors” (sorry!) which come about … Read More

Miniature Donuts
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These adorable little donuts were made yesterday out of FIMO clay by a fourth grader. The box measures about 2″ wide, so the donuts are tiny, but easy to make … Read More

“Color Me There” Drive
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Thanks to all who have donated to my quest to bring these three Haitian artists back to my school next spring. One plane ticket is paid for, just two more … Read More

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