How to Draw a Hen and Chicks
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I’m always looking for simple drawing ideas that are easy to shade. This one works and makes a pretty picture too. 1. On a 9″ x 12″ piece of paper, … Read More

Maasai African Portraits
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The Maasai people of African are located in Kenya. Their distinctive clothing and head dress make them among the most well known of all African tribes. A marker drawing on … Read More

Paper Mache Earth
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The base for this paper mache globe is a beach ball. It gave the necessary round shape and was pretty sturdy to work with as well. Session 1: I had … Read More

“Crafts for Kids” Giveaway
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This craft magazine comes from Family Fun, and it’s full of down-home, do-it-yourself projects that are designed to keep kids creative and entertained at the same time. It’s 96 pages … Read More

Homemade Watercolor Easter Card
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Here’s an idea for a pretty Easter Card. Grid formats are fun to play with so feel free to make your own variation of this drawing. 1. I started by … Read More

How to Draw a Truck
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Every time I do a geometric drawing lesson like this, I am reminded that some students who yawn at the idea of drawing organic shapes, will work for hours on … Read More

Rainbow Painting
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This project offers students a chance to practice either wet-on-wet or dry brush watercolor painting. I used both for my sample. 1. I had the students paint without the aid of a pencil … Read More

Happy Easter Lettering
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This is one of the lettering styles that is included in Cyndi Hansen’s “Letter Better” book, and I tried it just last week in a class. It has just three … Read More

How to Draw a Bunny
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This breakdown of a bunny drawing is based on Sachiko Umoto’s illustrations in her book “Let’s Draw Cute Animals”. I just added a grid background, which works wonders for setting … Read More

Pastel Spring Eggs
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One arts standard for elementary students is to learn to tint colors. My kids seemed to really enjoyed seeing how many colors they could make by just mixing yellow, red, … Read More

Baby Plant Craft
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A parent recently donated a LOT of baby food jars, so I’ve been playing around with some different ideas. This comes purely from supplies that were on hand: peat moss, … Read More

Shrinky Dink Jewelry
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Recently the subject of jewelry making came up in one of my afterschool classes but my mind couldn’t seem to get past knotted string and expensive beads bouncing all over … Read More

Shrinky Dink Jewelry, Kandinsky Style
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Here’s another approach to take with my Shrinky Dink project using the popular Kandinsky circles-in-a-square. The original colored square on the right measures 2″, and the finished piece measures 3/8″. … Read More

Jasper Johns Painting
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Jasper Johns is an American artist whose richly covered number paintings like this, rose to prominence in the 1950s. I created this project so students could make a miniature version, … Read More

How to Draw a Bushbaby
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What’s a Bushbaby you may ask? I’m not really sure, I just know they’re really cute, which is all I need to keep the attention of my after school drawing … Read More

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