Draw an Easy Owl

This cute owl is made from simple shapes, and the perfect subject matter for some fun, night time metallic marker decorations. PREP • Print Easy Owl PDF template MATERIALS • Liquid watercolor paint • Sharpie, black, fine point • Crayola Metallic Markers Students draw the owl on multimedia or watercolor paper. The art is traced with … Read More

Matchbox Seashell Art

I’m trying some new Matchbox after school art projects, and have found a lot of inspiration at my local Michaels store. These colorful little sea shells were perfect for a beach-themed box. MATERIALS • Matchbox PDF Template (sleeve, tray and insert) • Papercutter or scissors • Stabilo markers • Mini sea shells • Craft glue • … Read More

Klimt and Patterns

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter who often used gold leaf to make his elaborately patterned paintings, as in “Adele Bloch-Bauer’s Portrait.” One way for students the appreciate all the patterns is to imitate the look just using lines. MATERIALS • Color print of Adele Head Template • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip 1. Students sketch … Read More

Craft Stick Crate Tutorial

As promised from a few days ago, my Craft Stick Crate tutorial. I can imagine these as a fun gift for parents, or maybe even a way to start a house. All kinds of possibilities. My sticks came from Pacon, which sells a variety of Creativity Craft Sticks at United Art & Education. • View and … Read More

Line Leaf

This is a study of patterns that could be simplified for kinder and 1st grade students. I drew my leaf and filled it in, but a large template to trace might help younger students get started. • View and download Line Leaf Template MATERIALS • Line Leaf print • Black Sharpie marker, ultra fine tip PREP: … Read More

Painted Raindrops

Here’s what my coffee filter raindrops look like in my room, I have about 25 of them hanging from fish line. I like them and how they move with the A/C unit, now I just want MORE. MATERIALS • Jumbo coffee filters • Old steam iron • Liquid watercolor paints • Spray starch • Scissors • … Read More

Art Camp Treats

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I am hosting a small art camp this week at my school, just in the mornings and just in time to warm up to the new school year that starts next week. Today’s projects included an oil pastel drawing on acetate, a marker colored jar with flowers, and a paper sculpture lion. I also was happy … Read More

Craft Stick Crate

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I’m still playing with a stash of craft sticks from Pacon, and tried to make a copy of this little crate that I found at Michael’s. I plan to make a tutorial soon, but crafty folks out there may be able to see the basic construction from the photo. Materials: • Jumbo craft sticks, 12 • … Read More

Still My Favorite Art Supplies

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I posted this list about three years ago, and they remain with the exception of BIC markers, which seem to have bit the dust. Too bad, their packs had a lot of good skin colors. Oh well, for those that are stocking up, these are still recommended for any art room, should your budget allow.   … Read More

Ceramic Burger

Here’s one of my favorite projects from Jenni Ward’s ebook “Create with Clay 4”. Follow the link to get her amazing tutorial with lots of photos and helpful tips. • Purchase “Create with Clay 4” ebook Save Save Save

Art Room Storage

I can’t tell you have much fun I had doing this today. Thanks to a case of plastic 6 qt. boxes from Staples that cost about a buck each, I finally have what you could call a SYSTEM in place. I realize now that when you have dozens of different things to organize, having them all … Read More

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Did you know that friendship bracelets are made with six colors because that’s how many letters are in the word F-R-I-E-N-D? My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I used the topic to teach students how to make make these, hence this tutorial to help me instruct 35+ students … Read More

Zazzle Fundraiser for Haiti

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These watercolor elephants were painted by some of my 4th students last spring. They all did such an amazing job that I decided to feature their art on my newest fundraiser for my friend in Haiti. Winter runs a school for the poorest of kids in Port-Au-Prince, and his teachers often work with no pay. Each … Read More

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

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

Faux Chenille Owl

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

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

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

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

Ceramic Tea Cups

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


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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

Metal Tooling Mask

Students made mini masks in my last metal tooling class and this 2nd grader, Megan B., did an exceptional job. Materials: • Waterbased markers • Felt, approx. 7″ x 6″ rectangles • Pencil • Metal Tooling • Brush Sharpie Markers • Black card stock paper, approx. 9″ x 6″ • Masking tape PREP: Cut metal tooling … Read More

Draw Places and Plants eBook

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

Veteran Flag from Georgia

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

Ceramic Fishie

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

Draw a Vanishing Point Road

Here’s a simple landscape tutorial that illustrates the vanishing point perspective. Materials: • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola Crayons • View and Vanishing Point Road PDF tutorial Draw center guidelines on drawing paper lightly with a pencil. Follow Vanishing Point Road Tutorial for drawing the landscape. Trace the drawing with a … Read More

Veggie Painting

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. Materials: • Watercolor paper • Crayola Crayons • Liquid Watercolor paint 1. On watercolor paper, students draw in … Read More

Mister Seahorse

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

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

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

Haring Mural

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

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

New Ebook, Create with Clay 2

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

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

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