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 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 thrilled, … 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

Draw a Country House
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There are about a million different ways to draw a house. Don’t get stuck drawing them the same way every time. Try moving things around a bit, as with this country house tutorial. • View and download Country House PDF tutorial

Student’s Cast Tissue Tiles
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Here they are, my student’s cast tissue paper tiles, taped on to some chipboard to make book covers. They look amazing with all the colors that bled together. To recap, I was first inspired by this Cast-Tissue post at dickblick.com. I ordered the black plastic rubbing plates and students simply applied 1″ squares of cheap bleeding … Read More

Draw a Humpback Whale
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Whale drawings don’t have to be generic. Here’s how you can draw a Humpback Whale, which is a beautiful creature in it’s own right, and very different from other types of whales. • View and download Humpback Whale PDF tutorial

Ceramic Bowl
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Here’s one of the lovely projects 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. Here is a sample of what her step by step photos look like, which makes … Read More

Model Magic Peeps
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One of the only drawbacks of working with Model Magic is that it is too soft to stand. And one of the drawbacks with wooden clothes pin people is that they have no arms. Bam! Mix them together and problem solved.

Art Retreat 2016
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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

Podcast with Deep Space Sparkle
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I’m so excited to share my first podcast interview with Patty Palmer of Deep Space Sparkle, a long time blogger / art teacher colleague of mine. I finally had a chance to meet her in person this January, when I participated in the California Kindergarten Association Convention in Santa Clara. She was happy to learn about … Read More

If the Dinosaurs Came Back
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When it comes to kinder art, I get a weird kinda thrill in matching the perfect book with the project. It doesn’t get much better than this. Some posts on Pinterest inspired this collaboration, which comes from a classic named “If the Dinosaurs Came Back”. Students draw the outside building shapes in pencil on a sheet … Read More

NEW! Create with Clay eBook
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I am so proud to share a brand new ebook that is a collaboration with my friend, Jenni Ward, a renowned ceramic artist who lives near Santa Cruz, CA. She has been teaching classes to children for years, and has documented five of some of her favorite clay projects. If you are looking for some new … Read More

How to 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 did an amazing job. The key is having the guide lines shown on my tutorial. It really helps them get their drawing off to a great start. • View and download Bald Eagle tutorial

Spiral Snake Pattern
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A tip from a teacher led me to this coil snake project, which I have recreated on my computer. The original called for drawing on paper plates, but I prefer to print my pattern shown 110 lb. stock to save a whole lotta time. • View and download Pattern Snake PDF file 1. Kinder students and … Read More

California Mission Drawings
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It’s that time of year, when many CA 4th graders start their mission projects. I’ve learned that drawing guides and brown paper with printed grid lines really help students make some astounding architectural drawings. My ebook with line art for all 21 missions may be purchased for $5 HERE.

Green Monsters
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When great books can be matched with kinder painting projects, you might just get some really amazing art. Here are two adorable examples. Read “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Direct students in simple monster drawing with large head, jellybean body, and arms and legs with claws. Students trace their art with a chisel … Read More

Cast Tissue Tiles
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Here’s a brand new project that I tried with my after school kids today. I found it over at Dick Blick, and it worked really well for my range of kinder – 3rd graders. It’s basically applying squares of tissue paper to a plastic rubbing tile with watered down glue and peeling it off when dry. … Read More

Cat in the Hat Template
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I’ve made a blank hat template  to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday. I once used it as an art history lesson by reviewing a couple of famous artists (Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, etc.) and then asked students to create a hat in their style. • View and download Cat in Hat Template

Make a Truffula Tree
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I was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ colorful Lorax Truffula Trees, which I recreated here with just some twigs, yarn, paint and a little clay. 1. Collect thin twigs that are fairly straight and mount them in a small amount of clay. Let dry overnight. 2. Paint twigs with white acrylic paint and the clay base with … Read More

Arcimboldo Collage
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian artist from the 1500s who spent years working as an official court painter. He developed a style of composing portraits from fruits, vegetables, etc., which was uniquely his own. “How Are You Peeling?” is a book that reminds us that our food can look a lot like faces, when using our … Read More

Cardboard Covered Wagon
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Love it when old rolls of corrugated cardboard turn out to make the perfect cover for a wagon. Best of all, the curve is already built in. Use a paper cutter to cut cardboard rectangles to make a 3″ x 5.5″ wide wagon, that is 2″ tall. Tape the wagon pieces together so they lie flat … Read More

Draw a Britto Cat
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Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. He grew up with eight brothers and sisters in a modest home. He used newspapers, cardboard or any scraps that he could find to paint his artwork. Today he is is an internationally renowned pop artist. This tutorial shows how to draw a cat in his style. … Read More

Creative Writing Portraits
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I found an amazing artist and illustrator, Nate Williams, who has a very childlike style that I think students will really relate to. (Check out the video on the Picture Book page on his site, it’s too cute!) I’m going to borrow his idea of primitive faces with writing for this creative self portrait project. Students … Read More

Miniature Cakes
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So it turns out that Model Magic comes in just the right colors to make some dandy looking tiny cakes. This may be one of my favorite projects so far. PREP: Glue 3″ cardboard circles (from my school’s diecut collection) to a small thimble size plastic cup from Smart & Final. Let dry. 1. Students used … Read More

Overlapping Buildings
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One way to add depth to your art is to overlap things. I like how this project created lots of very full compositions today, no scrawny buildings with too much sky. That happened because students were instructed to work in layers. First they made a row of buildings across the bottom front, or foreground. Then individual … Read More

Cardboard Buildings
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This craft project proved to be a good combination of art supplies: LOTS of 5″ corrugated cardboard squares, rolls of masking tape, black Sharpies and white water-based Sharpie paint markers. Students made lots of cubes by taping together 5 squares on the inside, then decorating the outside. Some made two story buildings, a few made 4 … Read More

Ronan’s Model Magic Bird
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The project was to make a sitting Model Magic bird with wire legs. This little kinder artist decided it was his bird’s birthday. (Note the party hat and shoes and little cake with candle.) I think it’s one of those genius creations that young minds seem to do best. No hesitation or fixing, he was just … Read More

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts
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If you press large coffee filters to make them flat, cut them into 2.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles, and paint them with liquid watercolor paint, you just might get some really pretty cards. My students let them sit on plastic embroidery mesh while paiting and drying, so sometimes the grid bleed through, which was kinda cool too. … Read More

Sitting Spotted Bird
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Found on Pinterest, a solution to making a bird with legs. Have him sit instead of stand! This little guy is made from about 50 cents worth of Model Magic, a small amount of colorful wire and spray Mod Podge.

Color Wheel Heart
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Combine a color lesson with Valentine’s Day and you may end up with a very pretty card too. Try skipping the heavy pencil lines and give students a heart-punched card that they can use as a stencil. They fill it in with red paint, remove, then outline the heart in orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Mini Valentine’s Day Murals
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My mini Valentine’s Day Murals make really fun signs for parties. Purchase the PDF file for just $5 and print as many as you want. • View Mini Valentine Murals in my PDF Shop

Paper Mache Cartons, Painting Day
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These beautiful cartons started off as old plastic Model Magic containers two weeks ago. After two layers of paper mache, they were ready for some paint. I encouraged them to paint a solid background, and then add decorations on top. Next week they will add more lines with paint markers, and finally some Mod Podge to … Read More

Hole Punch Valentine Card
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All you need is some pretty pink paper from your favorite craft store to make these little valentines. These stamp edges were made with a hole punch, punching just a half hole all around the outside of an art trading card.

Draw the Eiffel Tower
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The Eiffel Tower is a beautiful structure like no other, but it seems to the any drawing tutorials out there are either overly simple or overly complex. This tutorial I worked up last week worked amazing well with my afterschool drawing class. • View and download Eiffel Tower Tutorial

Model Magic Giraffe
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This adorable little fellow was made by a kinder today. A KINDER. All I did was show the basics of making a ball body, small legs, neck with a stick inside for strength, and a simple face. Dominic here figured out that the ears needed to be two toned, the nose point with black nostrils, the … Read More

Color Mixing Birdies
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This is one of my ‘keeper” kinder projects, so much more fun than painting a boring color wheel. Give students wide sheet of paper as shown. Have them first trace a circle in the center, then one on the left and one on the right. They add beaks, eyes, wings, feet and tail as shown. Students … Read More

Oil Pastel Hearts
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This project actually did triple duty last year: continued the student’s study of warm and cool colors, taught them about a Pop artist named Jim Dine, and provided a colorful picture that I think will work for our annual fundraiser with Original Works. 1. After viewing some of Jim Dine’s painting to see his style, students … Read More

Pop Out Hearts
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I’m sure I first saw this project somewhere in on Pinterest, but I’m not sure where. All I know is that last year (almost) every kinder could make these hearts by the time class was over. PREP: A 2″ heart punch from JoAnns or Michaels is vital. Both stores also sell pads of scrapbook paper that … Read More

George Washington + Pop Art
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You can give Mr. Washington a contemporary look by only using three colors on my downloadable coloring page. Just follow the directions below. View and download Washington PDF file 1. Use a black marker to fill in the darkest gray area. 2. Use two other similar colors (dark blue / light blue, or dark green / … Read More

Polka Dotted Rooster
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Today my Model Magic students made this polka dotted rooster, inspired by some figurines seen over at Etsy. It’s basically a bird shape with lots of white spots and cartoony face as shown. To display their creation, a “crate” was made with popsicle sticks. They had a ball adding straw, and nests, and little babies with … Read More

Giant Cardboard Glasses
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Look at all these adorable glasses made from some old Cheez it boxes. It took a bit of prep work, but I love the creativity that came out with them. • View and download Giant Glasses PDF template PREP: I cut cardboard rectangles, about 8″ x 3.25″, and traced the frame on each. The inside holes … Read More

Sticker Snowmen
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Students can learn how to make their snowmen come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do this all with stickers and markers makes it even more fun. 1. Cut lots of cool colored paper into the ATC size: 2.5″ x 3.5″. Students … Read More

New Paper Mache Project
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All my Model Magic containers are getting recycled into a new paper mache project. (Just more proof why art teachers never throw anything away!) These little ho-hum plastic containers are going to turn into some pretty crazy square heads in just a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Chinese New Year Mural 2016
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Just in time for the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8th, the year of the monkey. You can purchase and download my PDF template for $5 and print as many murals as your heart desires. Please visit my PDF SHOP for more info.

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