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

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


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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

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

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.

I’m a Finalist!

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I am thrilled to find I have been named a finalist in the Art of Ed Blog of the Year Contest. The Art of Ed, an amazing source for art teachers, holds this contest every year and the final voting process has just begun. If you would like to vote for me, just follow the link. … Read More

George Washington Quarter

As a followup to the Penny Project, here is a template for making a George Washington Quarter. Just download the template below, trace onto a flattened coffee filter, and paint with gray watercolor paint. Try making a little darker gray paint and adding it to shadowy areas. Happy President’s Day! • View and download Quarter PDF … Read More

Penguin Art Show

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OK, get ready for a little penguin art show. My students (grade K to 4) once again astounded me with what they can create with Model Magic. They just need a starting point and then they are off and running…

Mission Paper Giveaway Contest

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For all the CA Mission Drawing teachers out there, here’s a chance to win some of the brown paper that I make myself for my students. It’s 12″ x 18″ Tru-Ray Pacon paper that is run through my Epson printer to add a light grid. It works wonders for aiding with architectural details, and the white … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait

Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye … Read More

Top Three Art Supplies

I’m continuing my “Top Three” posts this week, and am moving on to art supplies. If I could only choose 3, these are the ones I love and feel confident would bring great results, for any age. Dick Blick Liquid Watercolors never fail in their color, the Twistable Crayola Crayons are a treat for kids, and … Read More

Salvador Dali Mural Preview

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Salvador Dali, famous for his role in surrealistic art, made several elephant paintings that to me, epitomize the definition of “real, yet unreal”. His original versions have a lot of open space, and are actually still under copyright, so I made a kid-friendly version. I think it still conveys the strange idea of having a very … Read More

Art Classes in Tennessee

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If you live near Hickory Valley, TN and love to make art, I’ll be sharing my favorite projects at Whitney Hill Estate, July 10 and July 11th. Come one or two days, a delicious home cooked lunch is included. Learn how to make the projects that have helped my website, Art Projects for Kids, collect over … Read More

Nelson Mandela Mural

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Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. I made this mural to honor his incredible life and accomplishments. To purchase this PDF template for just $5, please visit My PDF Shop.

Art of Education Summer Conference

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I did it, I made a commitment to learning more about all things art teacher related! I’m registered for the online Art of Education Summer Conference that takes place on July 16th. It sounds like it’s packed full of info and goodies, and I can’t wait to just sit back in my computer chair and take … Read More

Haiti Artists are on their way!

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My school started fundraising for an Art Teacher Exchange late last year, and our special guests are about to arrive. Here they are in the Miami airport, waiting for their flight to LAX tonight. The three artists are with a group called the Atis Rezistans, and work out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They also just happen to … Read More

Another Model Magic Pizza

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From last week’s Model Magic class, here is what a 4th grader created. Lily was pretty clever with her pepperoni as she just used a Sharpie marker to make the little black dots. Smart girl!

Watercolor Cactus

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I’m always looking for a new way to introduce students to the “white crayon trick”. This cactus worked really well, and I liked how older students could add shadows if they wanted to. 1. Draw the pot and cactus with a pencil on watercolor paper. 2. Trace all the lines with a black marker. 3. Add … Read More

View Murals by Page Count

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I’ve added a new feature to my PDF Shop – an option to view the murals by way of page count. All the murals are now tagged accordingly, so if you click on the “36 Page Mural” type, for instance, under the Add to Cart button, you will see all the murals that are made of … Read More

Using Google Search by Image

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The credits for my Line Art book paintings are complete, thanks to Sam H. He emailed,“If you ever come across art you can’t identify… I recommend saving the image and using the search by image feature. You can click on the camera icon, upload an image, and usually find the info you are looking for.” I … Read More

My New Rumpled Quilt Skins Website

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Before I was an art teacher, I was a pattern maker. I think I owe it to growing up on a farm and learning how to sew early on from my mother. I later combined that interest with computer graphics and taught myself how to develop my own sewing patterns. The style of my creations are … Read More

My New PDF Shop

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Welcome to my NEW PDF Shop, with improved graphics and product descriptions and a streamlined download process that will post the link to your order confirmation upon completion of purchase. Detailed download instructions are included with each product description. Enjoy!  

My new Favorite Brushes

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I think any artist who tried to paint with the average school brush would quickly become frustrated. How can you paint carefully when you have a floppy, fuzzy, probably bent, brush in your hands? Happily, these newly ordered brushes came just in time for my “Shapes to Cubes” project yesterday. Painting clean edges was important, and … Read More

NEW! Mini Christmas Mural Set Two

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This Mini Christmas Murals Set Two consists of three smaller versions of popular Christmas murals. They are: Pop Art Wreath, Victorian Town and Nutcracker. The new smaller mural sizes are: • Pop Art Wreath: 21″ x 21″, 6 pages • Victorian Town: 38″ x 20″, 10 pages • Nutcracker Mural: 15″ x 40″, 8 pages Go … Read More

Some of my Favorite Art Supplies

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A reader’s question about my favorite art supplies got me to thinking that I hadn’t updated my list lately. I also tried some new products last year, so here is why I like each one of the above.   1. Strathmore Drawing Pack. The paper is wonderfully light and crisp, takes texture rubbing really well, and … Read More

An Artist in Haiti

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Today I went to a Haitian school hosting a summer camp, only to turn around to see this young boy sketching on his own. He’s obviously talented, I only hope he gets a chance to pursue it someday.

Love Elephants Art Contest Winner

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I want to give a shout out to one of my students – Ethan – who won 1st place in the 2013 Love Elephants Art Contest this afternoon. It was organized for Los Angeles students K-6 by Adopt the Arts Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The opening … Read More

Cool New Product

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This is not a solicited endorsement, I just wanted to follow up on my new favorite way to finish off my Silent Auction Canvases. There’s a new glossy decoupage called Collage Pauge that works wonders. It’s glides on, dries within minutes, and adds a rich shine and protective coating for the canvas.  My $15 16 oz. … Read More

Butterflies from Central Asia

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“I am a mom who likes to do art projects with my son and his friends. I took your smaller butterfly mural and made a cut-out of it and then used it as a stencil on the wall that we were painting it on. I traced two butterflies on it, and then drew squares around it … Read More

Starry Night Skyline

Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting has inspired many an art project, and this is just one more. 1. Students to make several large yellow oil pastel circles of various sizes on a sheet of watercolor paper. Next they draw with a blue oil pastel lots of curvy lines that go around all the yellow circles. … Read More

Floral Painting at Michaels

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Guess what I made last night, at my local Michaels store in Encino? My very first floral painting! The company generously let me try one of their on-site classes, and so I found myself with a great teacher with years of painting experience on one very creative Saturday evening. Edith Merlescu was full of passionate advice … Read More

My Artists on Strathmore Pads!

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The paper pads have arrived! This new line of Youth Series paper from Strathmore now features art from 7 of my students – I’m so proud of them! Look for all these products in your local art stores like Michaels and Aaron Brothers, with project ideas included inside. Thanks so much to Sue List from Strathmore … Read More

Canvas Art from MiDesign at Michaels

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I love my Van Gogh canvas art I just got from MiDesign at Michaels. I expect most people use this new service for family photos, but I thought it might be great for kids artwork too. My finished art measures 16″ square and costs about $55 + tax and shipping right now if you use their … Read More

Art Projects for Kids + Strathmore

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Strathmore Paper Company makes some of the highest quality art papers used by artists around the world. I was honored to collaborate with them recently with the redesign of their new Youth Series line, and am happy to announce that NINE of my students had their art chosen to either be on the cover of one … Read More

HOPE Art Photo Essay in School Arts!

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It’s confirmed, Project HOPE Art’s Melissa Schilling will have her photos and essay published in the Feb. issue of School Arts Magazine, one of the largest arts education magazines in the country! So proud of her and everyone who made that photo session happen.

My Top Ten Favorites from 2011

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It’s that time of year when Top Ten Lists are popping up everywhere, so I thought I’d make my own. Here are my ten most favorite new projects of 2011, chosen for the overall success rate they produced in my classroom. They are in no particular order. 1. “Where I Live” Art Journal Pages   2. … Read More

Paper Mache Pumpkins from Barcelona

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One of my favorite blog finds has been “Fem Manuals” from Barcelona, Spain. This teacher always seems to have amazing and unique projects. So, imagine my surprise when she contacted me about her latest post – one inspired by my paper mache pumpkin project! I just can’t get over how well her kids made these, and … Read More

Student Art from Georgia

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This student art was sent in by Laura Kim of Roswell, Georgia. She was writing to share what her students did with my Landscape Collage project, and I just adore the results, so whimsical and colorful. I would challenge any professional artist to match the personality shown in these. Below is Laura’s description of how her … Read More

Valentine Heart Painting

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Jim Dine is considered an important contemporary artist who helped to create the Pop Art movement. He used different popular imagery in his art, but hearts seemed to be his favorite. 1. I started with watercolor paper that had 6 hearts already printed on it (you can download a copy HERE) to make the project move faster. … Read More

How to Draw a Laurel Burch Cat

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This project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch, who has now sadly passed away. She developed an abstract style of painting cats that is really fun to imitate.   1. For young students, do a step-by-step drawing session as the diagram shows. 2. After the cat is drawn in pencil, have the students … Read More

An APFK Butterfly in Haiti

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I recently received this amazing email: Hi Kathy, As a fellow art teacher and a fan of your fabulous blog, I wanted to share with you some pics of where the butterfly mural that I’d downloaded from your blog has been. A group of five woman (myself included) raised funds to buy art supplies to bring to kids in Haiti as … Read More

Valentine LOVE Card

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I’ve noticed that a lot of students are interested in drawing block letters. This project ties to a contemporary pop artist, and makes a nice Valentine card too. Robert Indiana made a famous sculpture in the sixties that came to symbolize the peace movement. Students can make a similar image while practicing their 3D shapes and … Read More