Draw an Abstract Self-Portrait

Here is an older student adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair. 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

LOVE Lines

Students can practice using a ruler with this drawing project, and do some very basic measuring, which is a 2nd grade Common Core Standard. 1. Students start with a square piece of drawing paper. (I recommend one about 6″.) They measure and mark the center of each side and draw lines connecting … Read More

Van Gogh’s Bedroom Mural $5

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Throughout Van Gogh’s career, he painted everything around him: landscapes, people in his town, even the shoes he wore. In Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” painting he shows a room in his rented house in the town of Arles. This house, his Studio of the South, used many of his favorite techniques … Read More

Van Gogh’s Sunflower Mural

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Vincent Van Gogh painted a total of seven versions of his famous sunflower painting. But for all their amazing vibrant color, no one would buy them until after his death. You can make your own by purchasing my $5 template in my PDF Store.

Robert Indiana Art Journal Page

There’s nothing like covering several topics with one art lesson. This one turns shapes into forms (art elements) and art history (Robert Indiana) and Valentine’s Day. Not bad! To see the entire series of Art Journal lessons compiled to date, search for “2014 Art Journal Project”. • View and download Indiana LOVE … Read More

How to Draw Like Paul Klee

Here’s another project that I believe works well with a kindergarten Common Core Math Standard. This continuous line drawing is made by following the “up” and “down” and “over” directions shown on my diagram page. The fact that the finished art will look a lot like a famous Paul Klee painting means … Read More

Award-Winning Starry Night Quilt

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Congratulations to Alina Polta who used my Starry Night mural template to make an art quilt for a fall Quilt Arkansas show, and won 2nd place! I love the rich colors and quilted texture, it really is a beautiful piece. Congrats to you Alina on an amazing work of art!

Monet’s Water Lilies

Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted directly from nature and revealed that even on the gloomiest of days, an infinite number of colors can and do exist. To capture these fleeting hues, Monet created a new painting technique using short brushstrokes filled with individual color. The result was a canvas alive with painterly activity, … Read More

Ode to Picasso Mural

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in Malaga, Spain. He created thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics during his lifetime. Many consider Picasso the greatest art genius of the twentieth century. This mural is compilation of some of his most famous paintings. It has 25 pages and measures 36″ x 48″ … Read More

NEW Matisse Mural $5

The Dessert: Harmony in Red is a painting by French artist Henri Matisse and considered by many to be his masterpiece. You can make your own large mural (48″ x 36″) by purchasing my pdf template, coloring in all 24 pages, and taping them back together. Visit my PDF Shop to purchase … Read More

Klimt Line Art

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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. 1. Print out a page for each student. The body is sketched in … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, who is best known for her self-portraits. Here’s a way to draw her with her hair up with flowers and classic heavy eyebrows. 1. Fold a sheet of black construction paper in half twice to get the guidelines shown in my diagrams. Follow the steps to … Read More

Frida Kahlo Portrait

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, who is best known for her self-portraits.  1. I like to use black card stock paper from Michaels instead of construction paper, which often looks more gray than black. I guided the students in a portrait of Frida, making note of her signature eyebrows. 2. Students traced … 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 … Read More

Mini Matisse Painting

Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of color and organic shapes. You can see his painting that inspired me HERE.  1. Miniature canvases (3″x3″) and easels are available at Aaron Brothers stores and jerrysartarama online. Use a pencil to lightly draw lines on the canvas in the style of any Mondrain painting.  2. Using Sharpie Brush Tip … Read More

Mini Mondrain Painting

Piet Mondrian was a compulsive Dutch artist who could never bear to see anything disordered or untidy. It’s not difficult to see that in his artwork, which you can see HERE.  1. Miniature canvases (3″x3″) and easels are available at Aaron Brothers stores and jerrysartarama online. Use a pencil to lightly draw lines on the canvas in the style … Read More

Mini Diamond Kandinsky Painting

Imagine the fun of giving your friends a Kandinsky masterpiece – made by you of course. These are too fun and easy to give to everyone on your list.  1. Miniature canvases (2″x4″, 3″x3″) and easels are available at Aaron Brothers stores and jerrysartarama online. 2. Use a pencil to lightly draw two lines … Read More

Student’s “Scream” Art

“My class did our own version of “The Scream.” I have a “Start Exploring Masterpieces” coloring book by Mary Martin (great book for easy art lessons). I made copies of the picture and had students color it with crayons. Then we glued them on brown construction paper and decorated the border to … Read More

Draw like Renoir

Auguste Renoir, a French Impressionist painter, was famous for his use of vibrant light and saturated color. This scratch art project is one way to play simulate that look of bright light on a sunny day. 1. I used the 24 pack of Portfolio brand oil pastels as they provide the soft covering needed … Read More

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