Preview my Insect eBook
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It seems to me that the study of insects needn’t be done in unexciting black and white diagrams. Students can … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect … Read More

Easy Dog Drawing
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I sometimes give my young kinder and 1st grade students a template to trace for the first step of a … Read More

Artist Trading Cards with Texture
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My favorite alternative to art texture plates is plastic embroidery mesh from the fabric store. If you buy them large … Read More

Big Cardboard Numbers
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 These big cardboard numbers were for my school’s culmination ceremony. Lucky for me, all materials were already on hand, but … Read More

Kid’s Art Portfolio
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Here’s my secret to keeping lots of student artwork organized – without taking up any of my valuable time. My … Read More

Draw an Ice Cream Cone
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Some believe that you need to spend 10,000 hours to master a skill. Personally, I think that between teaching my … Read More

Paul Klee Castle
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Paul Klee was one of the great colorists in the history of painting. I developed this project that imitates his … Read More

Outline Hand Drawing
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Have students start by tracing their hand, and then add all the details they can see. MATERIALS • Journal Page … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks.    MATERIALS • Journal … Read More

Deluxe Van Gogh Line Art Template
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Here’s another line art project, this time with Van Gogh’s amazing self-portrait. This photoshopped face of Van Gogh was originally posted … Read More

Escher Eye Drawing
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M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed … Read More

Recycled Robots
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If you collect as much misc. stuff as I do, then you just might be a good candidate to make this recycled … Read More

Deluxe Leonardo Line Art Template
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When you leave a graphic design job to start teaching art, you just might find yourself making your own project materials. … Read More

Symmetrical Drawing
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I actually ran out of drawing paper recently and tried out this food wrap (dry wax paper) that was left … Read More

Japanese Fan Painting
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If you need a Japanese-themed art project, this works well even for kinders. In fact, I love the “wobbly” lines of … Read More

Japanese Carp Wind Sock
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Carp windsocks decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children’s Day. I love these inexpensive … Read More

Lady Bug Collage
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With our school’s science room filled with new bugs and worms, it seemed timely to have lady bugs as the … Read More

Tallest Ice Cream Cone
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If you want to encourage kids to draw tall shapes, it helps to have paper cut to match. MATERIALS • … Read More

Draw a Ladybug
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Drawing a page of ladybugs couldn’t be much easier if you start with a circle template. Draw with a permanent black marker … Read More

Giant Chalk Self Portrait
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on … Read More

Painted Light Switch Plates
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When your fridge and walls are already filled with your child’s art, have them paint your light switch plates. MATERIALS … Read More

Father’s Day Scratch Art
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This is my favorite way for students to make a scratch art picture, first a black marker drawing, then layers … Read More

Paper Weaving
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I find that paper is a good way to introduce kids to weaving as the patterns are more visible than … Read More

How To Draw King Tut
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Here’s a combo make in art heaven — gold tempera and a King Tut painting project. Works great for history … Read More

Schulton Landscape
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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

Wild Things Monster Painting
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When you inspire young artists with the classic “Where the Wild Things Are” book, you get some really fun and … Read More

Organic Matisse Shapes
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An overlapping lesson with Matisse-like shapes makes a colorful drawing exercise. Matisse didn’t start painting until he was about 20 … Read More

Draw a Cow Face
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This how to cow face drawing was inspired by a funny painting I found in a home decor catalog. MATERIALS • … Read More

Koi Fish Painting
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This Koi fish painting project has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest since it went up years … Read More

Watercolor Still Life
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Try this abstract watercolor still life when you want young artists to learn about overlapping shapes. If they paint the … Read More

Draw a Simple House
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I have tried this house drawing project every year with kinders and have loved the results. This year I just … Read More

Easy Paper Mache Bowls
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Here are our paper mache bowls, made with the help of dollar store colanders. I love how the inside is … Read More

Draw an Adobe Landscape
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Diversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, … Read More

Earthworm Art
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I knew there was a way to mix scratch art and earthworm studies. Just make your own scratch art paper … Read More

Mother Giraffe and Baby Painting
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I wish I could draw like this little girl does. Nola is only in kindergarten, and everything she does just … Read More

Yarn Dispenser Hack
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If you mix kids with yarn, it’s only a matter of time until things get tangled. It just occurred to … Read More

Bug Magazine Collage
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Save your old food magazines for this bug collage project. The shiny and colorful fruit, for example, has a whole … Read More

Draw a Simple Caterpillar
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Turns out the best way to draw a caterpillar is by starting with a bunch of lines. I found this … Read More

Mini Craft Stick Picnic Table
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I’ve found a way to make a picnic table with mini craft sticks. Maybe the base for a miniature food … Read More

Protractor Art
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Frank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be flat. In … Read More

Draw a Simple Cat
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Two circles get this simple cat drawing off to a good start. If you begin by tracing a roll of … Read More

Super Simple Bug Painting
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This super simple bug painting is great for really young artists. You can’t get much simpler or cuter that this. … Read More

Draw Pete the Cat Tutorial
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Pete the Cat seems to have a lot of fans these days, so I thought I’d make a tutorial on … Read More

Earth Day Collaborative Mural
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. It’s easy to decorate if you start with my Doodle Earth Day … Read More

Elephant Drawing Tutorial
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I like how this tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing part of an elephant. MATERIALS • … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Fish
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Big, overlapping eyes make almost anything look funny. Especially cartoon fish with big goofy lips. MATERIAL • Cartoon Fish PDF … Read More

Van Gogh Iris Mural from Canada
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This amazing Van Gogh Iris mural comes from Coral Schober in Ontario, Canada. She’s a volunteer Art Image Teacher at … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a … Read More

Student Endangered Animals Mural
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Here’s what one 4th grade class did with my Endangered Animals Mural. I love seeing art used in real classroom … Read More

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