Draw a Tugboat
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Tugboats are very basic boats, so they make a good drawing project for even very young artists. • View and download Tugboat Tutorial

Draw a Polar Bear
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Here is a very simple but very cute way to draw a polar bear. He is made of just a few simple, symmetrical shapes, but if you arrange them the way I … Read More

Homemade Holiday Decorations
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Looking for ideas for homemade holiday decorations? I need some for my school’s holiday boutique, so I’m having students draw gingerbread houses and then cut them out. I found that if I … Read More

Homemade Snowman Card
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Here’s an homemade snowman card idea that just uses markers and white circles cut from a hole punch. Make your templates once, and you could start a production line of homemade holiday … Read More

Draw a Happy Snowman
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Snowman drawings don’t have to be small and flat. In fact, they are a great chance to make things look more dimensional, as in a tube-shaped hat and a sphere-shaped body. Try … Read More

Jumbo Craft Stick Snowflake
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‘Tis the season for holiday decorations, so this Jumbo Craft Stick Snowflake is my solution for some inexpensive flakes that have a lot more impact than paper ones, and will last for … Read More

Abstract Watercolor Tree
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This abstract watercolor tree project will help students just concentrate on keeping paint inside simple shapes. If they start with some cardboard triangles to arrange and trace as desired, it will keep … Read More

Turkey Art
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This scratch turkey art technique is called “sgraffito’, and it works great for turkey feather lines and more. • View and download Line Turkey Template MATERIALS • Print of Line Turkey Drawing … Read More

“Where I Live” Art Journal Page
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My Art Journal class is focusing on themes that describe their home life. Today they made a collage from old LA street maps. MATERIALS Art Journal page, or drawing paper Old street maps … Read More

Old Pencil Star
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This old pencil star idea came about from seeing lots of half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too … Read More

Snowman Matchbox
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Here’s one of my recent favorites, a Snowman Matchbox project that I think I enjoyed watching as much as the students did making. I’m so happy I stumbled across this type of … Read More

Paper Chains
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Gum wrapper paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works for … Read More

Thanksgiving Coloring Page
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Need an easy Thanksgiving coloring page? Or maybe just looking for a good one for yourself? Here’s a turkey that I think offers more creative fun than your average bird. The graphic … Read More

Mosaic Art with Beans
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Students can make some beautiful mosaic art with beans, thanks to lots of varieties you can find at your local grocery store. The earliest examples of mosaics have been found at a … Read More

Symmetrical Pastel Owl
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This was a successful project that I tried a few years ago. Students used symmetry to make their owl look as real (and cute!) as possible. . 1. To make a pattern, … Read More

How to Make a Mayflower Ship
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You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. It has a wonderful wooden like look when turned inside out. … Read More

Leaf Painting
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I like using grids to organize art and fill a page at the same time. It eliminates the “tiny drawing on a large paper” syndrome. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper or multimedia paper … Read More

Lola’s Matchbox Bird House
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Sometimes the art my students make just makes my jaw drop. This comes from yesterday’s Match Box Art class, where I proposed students make a bird house. My sample had a very … Read More

Turkey on a Stick
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My Turkey on a Stick project continues, and as I expected, my students came up with some amazing creations today. The new twist was that they started working with several shades of … Read More

Fall Leaf Art with Crayons and Watercolor
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For this fall leaf art project, students were asked to let crayons and paint do what they do best – make patterns and lots of bright colors. This amazing leaf was created … Read More

Paper Bag Journal
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Have you heard of paper bag journals? I made mine with just three lunch bags that were folded in half and then stapled down the spine. An extended stapler was needed to … Read More

Step by Step Pumpkin Painting
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Here is a look at my step by step pumpkin painting instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Vampire
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Students traced an old CD to help draw the head of this not-so-scary vampire. The hair could be shortened for a boy drawing, and the simple red cape make it easy to … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Black Cat
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Just in time for Halloween, how to draw a very easy, but very cute black cat. My drawing was colored with Crayola Crayons, the background being a blend from the light orange … Read More

Draw a Vampire Bat
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You can draw a Vampire bat without it being scary. In fact, they can be downright funny like this guy. Here’s a tutorial on how to draw this very friendly looking bat. … Read More

Matchbox House
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I started a Matchbox Art class today, after getting inspired by adorable little boxes I found on Pinterest. I ended up folding the little matchbox trays myself, which measured 2.25″ x 3.25″ … Read More

Positive and Negative Pumpkin
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I like how this is an example of using both positive and negative shapes, with some built in symmetry. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, cream and black, 8.5″ x 11″ • Scissors … Read More

Cartoon Alligator
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My afterschool Cartoon class had fun with this alligator last week. Some kinders needed help, others on up through 5th grade were able to draw pretty cute characters on their own, following … Read More

Pattern Overlapping Snake
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Learning how to overlap shapes is the first step in making art have depth. Students start with drawing a large, overlapping snake. They fill it with crayon patterns and then watercolor paint … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Snake
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I’m finding that cartoon drawing is a great format for kids as any unusual things that happen just seem to add character to the art. Large heads, lopsided bodies, it doesn’t matter. … Read More

Van Gogh’s Wheat Field
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To make a Vincent Van Gogh art project, try imitating his Wheat Field with Crows. It shows a dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows over a wheat field. The simple layout is … Read More

Little Stick House
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This week I found a few great ways to use Woodsie Craft Picks to make some delicate little stick sculptures. If you cut off the little pointy tips, the remaining flat sticks … Read More

Cube Stick Drawing
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Turning a square into a cube is fundamental in learning how to draw with dimension. But for some reason, I often see students first draw the angled lines different lengths, which makes … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Hamster
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My students love to draw cute animals with big eyes, so this guy should go over pretty well for my next Cartoon Drawing class. • View and download Draw a Hamster Tutorial

White Marker Drawings
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I started with one of my favorite poems, “The Wise Owl” for this 2-page spread layout. 1. I really love the look of white on dark journal pages I have been coming … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing
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Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. 1. Draw many large simple leaves that are overlapping and even going off a sheet of paper. … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Raccoon
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Here’s one way to draw a simple but very cute cartoon raccoon. I found it to work really well with kinder through 5th graders today. Bows and crowns and other personifications were … Read More

Collage Name Card
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This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name.   MATERIALS Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ Old magazines Glue stick Texture rubbing plates or plastic embroidery mesh … Read More

Super Hero Clothes Pin Dolls
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These Super Hero Clothes Pin Dolls may be more craftsy than artsy, but I keep finding that so many of my kids at the end of the day, just want to make … Read More

Stacked Turtles
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Here’s an idea for a fun and simple turtle painting. I experimented with the value of the blue background, and decided that I liked it much better when it was lighter. It’s … Read More

Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape
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This kind of simple landscape lets chalk pastels do what they do best – make smudgy, soft colorful shapes. 1. Starting with an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, students draw … Read More

Giant Chalk Pastel Portraits
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Acetate and Tissue Fall Tree
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Drawing a tree on acetate and placing it over a collage of tissue paper keeps the drawing nice and smooth. I’d like to try it next with torn paper as I bet … Read More

Scratch Art Leaf
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A scratch art drawing project calls for a different plan to account for the fact that kids cannot erase. I recommend some kind of tracing step to safely get your art onto the … Read More

Filling The Page
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If you want to help students break free from their tendency to make tiny art, ask them to make their subject matter touch the top and bottom of their paper. I’ve found … Read More

School Fundraiser Art
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My school holds an art fundraiser every fall, working with a company that places the student’s art on coffee cups, notebooks, key chains, you name it. Trying to find a new project … Read More

Coffee Filter Tree Leaves
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Here’s an idea for using leftover textured paper from a Coffee Filter Tree Collage. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time throwing any of it away, it’s just … Read More

Coffee Filter Trees with Grass
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Here’s another version of the Coffee Filter Collage only with grass added this time. The good news is that I painted these coffee filters with a tray of Prang watercolors, so my … Read More

Coffee Filter Tree
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If you’ve every tried painting on a paper towel, and enjoyed the way the color just soaks in, then you will love this Coffee Filter Tree project. Turns out that coffee filters … Read More

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