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

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

Indian Elephants

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

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

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

More Gold Rush People

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

Dissected Flower Drawing

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

Model Magic Miner

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

Draw a Doberman

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

Painting a Peacock

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

Student’s Cast Tissue Tiles

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

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

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

Spiral Snake Pattern

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

Draw a Britto Cat

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

Miniature Cakes

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

Cardboard Buildings

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

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts

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

Paper Mache Cartons, Painting Day

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

Color Mixing Birdies

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

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

Giant Cardboard Glasses

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

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.

Watercolor Jewels

Here’s what my Art Trading Card students did last week, a series of jewel shapes that were painted with watercolor and topped with glitter paint. I diagrammed on the board how to draw each jewel first, mostly starting with the inside shapes and then working out. I keep seeing that most students handle drawing straight lines … Read More

Save the Date for Art Retreat

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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 gourmet food, while relaxing in an historic old house for one, long lazy weekend. That’s what will happen this summer during my 3rd annual Whitney Hill Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN, July 7-9. Stay tuned … Read More

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