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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bumblebee Watercolor Painting
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This Bumblebee watercolor painting was inspired by a stock art image. I like how the black permanent marker guarantees crisp … Read More

Ceramic Bird Nest
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These ceramic bird nests were inspired by my friend Jenni Ward’s “Create with Clay 3” ebook. I love how neatly … Read More

Paper Mache Bowls and Colanders
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I’m happy to have found the perfect form for my Paper Mache Bowl class. The dollar store came through again … Read More

Laurel Burch Cat with Metallic Markers
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Laurel Burch had a unique way of drawing cats that left lots of room for pretty patterns and colors. She … Read More

Model Magic Burger
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Make a pretty realistic looking burger with all the ready made Model Magic colors that are currently available. Your super … Read More

Pre-K Auction Art
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Yes, you can make some really amazing auction art from a room full of 5 year olds. Celebrate all their … Read More

Model Magic Snail
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This Model Magic Snail was inspired by a cake decoration found over on Pinterest. I love the simple little creations … Read More

Painting with Pre-Kinders
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Teaching color mixing with a large Pre-Kinder class is no small task. This week they layered red on blue to … Read More

Art Bots
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Honestly, I haven’t been this floored by a simple idea since I don’t know when. I think I first saw … Read More

Model Magic Dinosaur
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This Model Magic dinosaur was made by a talented 2nd grader named Daniel T. I had to use a scissors … Read More

Patterned Cat
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This project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch. She developed an abstract style of painting cats that … Read More

More Sharpies on Canvas
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More from my after school Sharpies on Canvas class, this time a from a kinder named Zoe. Students worked with … Read More

Kandinsky on Canvas Panels
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This is a match made in heaven, Brush Sharpie markers and Kandinsky on canvas. The brush markers just glide on … Read More

Watercolor Sheep Painting
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Here’s a simple sheep painting project, with bodies made of crayons, and then a painted background. The crayons will resist … Read More

Easy Cityscape Painting
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If you team up a tempera cityscape painting with a fat black marker, it makes for a fun and bold … Read More

My Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids Book
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There it is, one of my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” books at my local Barnes & Noble store. Still … Read More

Common Core Snake Project
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This Common Core snake project uses two different kinds of patterns. One is for the colors (black, yellow, black, red, … Read More

Make a Penguin
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If your students are studying penguins, consider adding this Model Magic project. There’s also now available a very creative penguin-themed … Read More

PreK Painting, Little Birdies
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Young painters, like preK and kinders, need to explore with paint, but I think they enjoy making recognizable shapes as … Read More

New “How to Draw” eBook
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Due to numerous requests to purchase this book I am now offering all of its content, including the cover art, … Read More

Watercolor Resist Hearts
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These watercolor resist hearts use rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. … Read More

Collaborative Hearts on Canvas
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Looking for a collaborative project that creates a colorful, finished work of art? Try my favorite combo of Sharpies on … Read More

Mini Canvas Art
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I brought back one of my favorites, mini canvas art, for an after school class today. Mini canvases, brush Sharpies … Read More

Draw an Astronaut
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Here’s one way to spark a child’s interest in science and space. Show them how to draw an astronaut and … Read More

Ceramic Textured Fish
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This ceramic textured fish project turned out to be a great way to guarantee even kinders make sturdy creations in … Read More

Ceramic Heart Bowls
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The Dollar Tree store scores again. Some ceramic heart bowls seen on Pinterest started my search for rounded plastic bowls … Read More

Terrarium Painting
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Here’s how to make a terrarium painting, which is a pretty AND educational lesson for studying plant life. I’ve used … Read More

Nevelson Found Sculpture
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This Nevelson found sculpture was inspired by her creation of wood assemblages. Louise was a passionate artist who worked hard … Read More

Draw Your Neighborhood
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Learn how to draw your neighborhood by focusing on three main areas. This stacked arrangement is my solution for encouraging … Read More

Pipe Cleaner People
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These little pipe cleaner people are easy to make and fun to pose with their bendable legs and arms. They … Read More

Old Fashioned Winter House
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Old buildings are the stuff of storytelling, so this Old Fashioned Winter House is a perfect for young students this … Read More

Miniature Snowman
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Here’s a Miniature Snowman project that I did after school with a matchbox class awhile back. There’s just something irresistible … Read More

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