Cubism / Block Heads
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Here’s another project that I want to bring back this fall, hopefully with old grocery bags so there is a … Read More

Camouflaged Hands
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Here’s an idea I tried awhile back when students were learning about camouflage. I loved that they had a chance … Read More

New Elements of Art Template
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I plan to continue with my Recycled Art Journal format for grades 2 – 4 this fall. A post over … Read More

Mona Lisa Coffee Filter Portrait
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It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Start with liquid watercolor paints, and paint on … Read More

Draw a Monkey
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I think a monkey tutorial is long overdue, especially as their faces are really made of some simple, symmetrical shapes … Read More

Salvador Dali Mural Preview
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Salvador Dali, famous for his role in surrealistic art, made several elephant paintings that to me, epitomize the definition of … Read More

Air Dry Clay Cupcake
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Why was I an air dry clay snob for so long? This Crayola stuff is great! It stuck to itself … Read More

Art Classes in Tennessee
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If you live near Hickory Valley, TN and love to make art, I’ll be sharing my favorite projects at Whitney … Read More

NEW! Draw More Animals 2 eBook
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Just posted to My PDF Shop, my latest How to Draw ebook. In it you’ll find diagrams on how to … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 3
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It’s never too soon to inform parents about camp plans, if fact I wish I had made mine before school … Read More

Air Dry Clay Cupcake
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Summer is made for trying out projects that I have trouble doing during the school year. Turns out it was … Read More

Edward Hopper Tutorial
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Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was a prominent American realist painter. He was a skilled  watercolorist who is now famous … Read More

Happy Father’s Day!
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Here’s a combo photo / painting that I made of my amazing dad a few years ago. It’s from his … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 2
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Today I focused on making a flyer for my art camp, which meant choosing projects and assigning them to certain … Read More

Nelson Mandela Mural
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Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 1
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I’ve decided to venture into the land of Art Camps for the first time this summer, but in the most … Read More

Father’s Day Popsicle Board
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Sometimes the typical tie drawing for Father’s Day just gets old. 1. Students made a board by gluing 7 jumbo … Read More

Fun with Venus
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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli, and depicts the goddess Venus, emerging from the sea as … Read More

Favorite Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not … Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mural
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I am happy to post my newest mural, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as requested by some of my Catholic followers. … Read More

Art of Education Summer Conference
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I did it, I made a commitment to learning more about all things art teacher related! I’m registered for the … Read More

Draw a Giraffe Face
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If you want your watercolor resist projects to have a little more punch to them, try using oil pastels instead … Read More

Dandelion PDF Tutorial
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Time for an update to my popular Dandelion drawing posting. My previous little diagrams have been replaced with a downloadable … Read More

Draw Lady Liberty’s Portrait
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I’ve used this approach for drawing and painting the Statue of Liberty for years, and even kinders amaze me with … Read More

Credit Card Mosaic Frame
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Don’t throw away those old gift or credit cards, I’ve found lots of uses for them. This picture frame is … Read More

NEW Patterned Hands Project
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If your students enjoyed my Warm Hands project, then they probably will like this one too. My pdf file includes … Read More

Draw a Baby Chick
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Here’s a Baby Chick drawing tutorial that I tried earlier this year, and found to work really well with my … Read More

Art Retreat Approaches, July 9–12
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If you’d like to learn about my latest new art projects, while relaxing in the southern charm of the lovely … Read More

Beach Art in Santa Cruz
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I’m taking a few days off to visit friends near Santa Cruz, and a beach side stroll found this little rock … Read More

Glitter Paint and Canvas Journals
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I’m still loving how this inexpensive glitter paint makes any acrylic finish look sparkly and shiny. A good alternative to … Read More

DAD Card Template
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As one of my favorite card projects, I’ve posted this before but never with a template that I thought some … Read More

Draw a Viking Ship
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Studying Viking life, by chance? I made a step-by-step tutorial for drawing a ship, with their trademark curves and striped … Read More

Repurposed Bracelets
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This project was improvised with my Haitian friends and I last week, to fill in after soda tabs ran out … Read More

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

Model Magic Sweets
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I knew my students would come up with something amazing for this last Model Magic class. Here are just two … Read More

Model Magic Baked Goods
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Making a great display for a playdough project makes all the difference in the world, if you ask me. Here’s … Read More

2nd Annual Art Retreat Approaches, July 9–12
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July 9th is getting closer, but it’s not too late to reserve a spot in my weekend art retreat in … Read More

Draw an Asian House
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For the students who find they really like to draw houses, here’s how to draw one with an Asian influence. … Read More

More Canvas Journals
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These journals are turning into one of my favorite projects. I’m loving how freely the kids paint when given one … Read More

Draw Captain America
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It’s fun to tie drawing lessons into current movies, if you can. Here’s one way to draw a young looking … Read More

Haiti Artists are on their way!
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My school started fundraising for an Art Teacher Exchange late last year, and our special guests are about to arrive. … Read More

Egyptian Jewelry
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One more paper plate project – Egyptian collar jewelry. Students cut out the center, painted it with Dick Blick gold … Read More

Dutch Windmills
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This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns
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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets … Read More

More Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache … Read More

Statue of Liberty Portrait
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Kinders at my school are studying US symbols, so I’ve been working on drawing and painting the Statue of Liberty … Read More

2nd Annual Art Retreat, July 9–12
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I don’t know about you, but this is my idea of heaven. Working on art projects with new friends, eating … Read More

Giraffe Painting Preview
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I tried a new giraffe painting project today. It worked out so well that I can’t wait to post it … Read More

Zoe’s Snails
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Here’s a simple idea that can be elaborated upon, as proven by Zoe’s snails here. Start one with a colored … Read More

Painted Pasta Shells
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I’ve seen many projects on Pinterest that use dyed pasta, so I finally experimented with it myself. Although the watercolor … Read More

Starting Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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Time for one last paper mache project after school. Here’s a photo that explains how these ice cream cones are … Read More

How to Draw Elsa
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Sometimes you just have to add a little pop culture to your lessons. At least that’s what a few of … Read More

Another Model Magic Pizza
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From last week’s Model Magic class, here is what a 4th grader created. Lily was pretty clever with her pepperoni … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turtle
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The big eyes on this turtle help make him (or her!) pretty cute. I believe this tutorial is best for … Read More

Model Magic Pizza
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My after school Model Magic class continues to be my most popular. I think the fact that kids can make … Read More

Scratch Art Film and Sun Prints
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My quest to find new projects for my afterschool classes has led me to Nature Print Paper and Scratch Art … Read More

MOM Card Template
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As one of my favorite card projects, I’ve posted this before but never with a template that I thought some … Read More

Another Tissue Heart
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Who says hearts have to be red or pink? Here’s a lovely yellow version of my Mother’s Day Tissue Hearts … Read More

Mother’s Day Tissue Hearts
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Here’s my solution this year for student’s Mother Day gift. It’s revisiting an old tissue paper technique that’s been around … Read More

Draw a Standing Bear
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This bear has a fictional look to it, great for turning into a character for one reason or another. • … Read More

Canvas Covered Journals
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This is basically a piece of painted canvas glued to a pad of 6″ x 9″ paper with chip board … Read More

Positive and Negative Circles
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I’ve experimented a lot with Scratch Art papers, but haven’t found a project I really like until now. This uses … Read More

Easy Bumblebee Collage
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Here’s what I would call a kinder and first grade version of my Bumblebee project. I think it’s a good … Read More

Elephant Tutorial
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As promised, a pdf tutorial on how to draw an Elephant. There are lots of round, overlapping shapes here so … Read More

Draw an Elephant Preview
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Here’s a preview of a new Elephant Drawing tutorial, which will be coming soon. I think it will work for … Read More

Geometric Bumblebees
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I tried this little formula for a bumblebee collage with my kinders last year, and they did a great job. … Read More

Model Magic Caterpillars
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This rainbow caterpillar idea comes from My Wishes are Horses, I just added the jumbo popsicle stick. It’s such a … Read More

Water Drop Collage
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If making a blue and green planet collage seems a little daunting, here’s another idea. Just draw a large drop … Read More

Earth Day Collage
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Magazine collages can be striking works of art, but I find that when students work on their own, they tend … Read More

Tropical Fish Painting
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You can mix up your underwater watercolor painting projects by putting a tropical twist to things. I like that this … Read More

Painting a Cloudy Sky
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Last week, fourth graders learned how to make watercolor clouds after they painted a bald eagle. 1. The drawing was … Read More

Art Retreat – July 9 to 12
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I don’t know about you, but this is my idea of heaven. Working on art projects with new friends, eating … Read More

NEW Statue of Liberty Tutorial
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Here’s a simplified version of my Statue of Liberty tutorial, which I tried out with my first graders last week. … Read More

Nature Print Paper
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My quest to find new projects for my afterschool kids has brought me to Nature Print Paper. It’s great stuff, … Read More

Cheap Scratcher Sticks
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I’ve found some of the best art supplies at my local Smart & Final (restaurant supply) store. If you ever … Read More

Clown Face
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I mixed up the media a bit this week, and gave my students a chance to draw with Crayola Color … Read More

Draw a Lighthouse
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Straight from my afterschool Drawing Class today, here’s how to draw a night time lighthouse. Thanks to Edith, a kinder, … Read More

Mini Circle Painting
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Today my after school students painted with acrylics on unstretched canvas, which will become journal covers next week. I gave … Read More

Caribbean House
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Houses in the US are pretty tame in design and color, but island communities are often very colorful and decorative. … Read More

Draw a Bald Eagle
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Are your students studying American symbols? I tried this Bald Eagle drawing out with first graders last week, and they … Read More

New Discovery, Kuttlefish
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I think I just found a HUGE resource for recycled art ideas, a new site called Kuttlefish. It’s like Etsy … Read More

Recycled Envelope Journal
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I’ve had hundreds of these old envelopes sitting in my closet for months, but the wait has finally paid off. … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and being the big doodle fan that I am, I thought having … Read More

Amazing Seahorses
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Kinders in my district learn about “amazing animals” around this time of year.That’s the perfect time for a seahorse watercolor … Read More

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial
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This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made … Read More

How to Draw a Rocket
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This rocket may be a little on the old-timey side, but a good place to start if you are interested … Read More

Pipe Cleaner Dolls
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I made these dolls with some young girls awhile back as a special birthday party project. The pipe cleaner bodies … Read More

Draw a Labrador Puppy
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For the young animal lover – a Labrador tutorial. All you need are some big ears and paws and that … Read More

Milk Bottle Jars
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My Sharpie Art class is working with some tissue paper and milk bottles I found at Michael’s. The tissue is … Read More

Monarch Butterfly Mural Preview
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Here’s a screenshot of my new Monarch Butterfly mural that will be up for sale in a few days. I … Read More

Clay Owls, by 1st Graders
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These clay owls were formed around student’s thumbs, which made them easy to hold and safer to fire. This tray … Read More

NEW! Earth Day Countryside Mural
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Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. My latest mural offers a colorful countryside layout, with lots of … Read More

Beans in a CD Case, Day 5
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I experimented with sprouting beans in a CD case, after a parent donated hundreds to my school (sometimes I get … Read More

Ceramic Cupcakes for Kinders
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My kinders have started their ceramic cupcakes this week. I was reminded again how perfect this project is for them, … Read More

Draw a Dolphin
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The dolphin is my school mascot, so I guess I’m overdue in making a tutorial for him … or her. … Read More

Murals Without Borders
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This looks like a wonderful group to support. Please consider donating to their work. Thank you!

Tinted Ugly Bunnies
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Spring is the perfect time to bring out pastel colored projects that deal with tinting colors. Today my students made … Read More

Schulten Inspired Painting
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Ton Schulton is a Dutch landscape artist, known for his amazing color work. I wish I knew who first thought … Read More

Watercolor Terrarium
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This is one of my favorite spring painting projects. I save it every year for kinders, and their introduction to … Read More

Art Retreat 2015
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July 9 – 12, 2015 Hickory Valley, Tennessee If you’d like to learn about my latest new art projects, while … Read More

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