Line Art Portrait eBook

I’ve made a collection of portrait faces that have their background erased, for black and white doodling fun. It’s great for fine motor skill practice, and is a good example of contrast when complete. My pdf file includes a thumbnail page, followed by ten pages of faces: 5 women, 4 men and one child. You can … Read More

Fauve Portraits

The primary mission of Fauve artists in the late 1800’s was to work with vibrant and unnatural color. Van Gogh, Gauguin and other artists wanted their art to be new and modern, much like the technology that was developing around them. 1. If your budget permits, give each student a canvas panel to work with – they really … Read More

Marker Line Leaves

1. Start by drawing the center veins of each leaf, which kind of looked like a long main line with an “X” through it. Sketch lightly with a pencil. Continue drawing these until the paper is full. See my small diagram. 2. Still using your pencil, draw the outside curved edge of each leaf as shown … Read More

Draw a Wrap Snake

This snake made for a fun drawing in my afterschool class recently. I made a plan for drawing the snake on top of a branch, and then erasing the parts that wouldn’t show. It guarantees that the snake segments will all line up with each other. 1. Follow the diagram above to draw a snake in … Read More

Op Art Swirl

Op Art is a math-themed form of abstract art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create optical effects. 1. The students make a dot somewhere near the middle of the paper. They draw four or five sets of wavy “triangle” shapes radiating outward. The shapes need to be done in pairs for the … Read More

Tiki Face Drawings

If you want to encourage your students make BOLD art, then try giving them really BOLD markers, as in the fat, chisel tip Sharpie variety. It really makes a big difference. 1. Students fold brown paper in half down the center to help them draw symmetrically. I show them how to draw big eyes at an … Read More

Indian Symbols

Brown packing paper and oil pastels are great for making a simulated rawhide drawing. I never throw my paper away after I get art supplies. The pre-wrinkled surface works too well, and it’s free. 1. Tear a 20″ or so section from the packing paper. Draw an Indian symbol in pencil. 2. Trace the art with … Read More

Tinted Ugly Bunny

One of the arts standards for elementary students is learning how to tint colors by adding white. My students had fun making bunnies that didn’t have to look perfect and symmetrical.   CLASS ONE: 1. On a large (12″ x 19″) sheet of brown paper, student drew a large “ugly” bunny. The definition of ugly in … Read More

Mosaic Tape Rainbow

My creative curiosity has been peaked with a recent discovery of colored paper tape. It really makes any type of mosaic work a slam dunk, with no messy glue. 1. Beginning with 1″ green tape, cut strips into squares and line up across the bottom of a sheet of black paper. 2. Use purple tape squares … Read More

Laurel Burch 3D Cat

You can use this idea to turn any silhouette into a 3-dimensional shape. Just make sure you use a thick paper so your design will stand up nice and straight. 1. I made a two cardboard templates of a silhouette (see picture) and had the students trace each onto the heaviest watercolor paper I could find. … Read More

Fun with William Wegman

William Wegman is a photographer famous for his compositions with his Weimaraner dogs. His fascination with humanizing his animals has created hundreds of amazing videos and photographs. I like his book shown here as it shows the dogs in many everyday poses. • View and download Dog Head Template 1. Print Dog Head template and gave … Read More

Felt Pizza

One of my favorite things about felt is that pieces want to cling together without the use of any messy glue. My afterschool fabric craft class made these yummy looking pizzas today, along with personalized white boxes. All the felt comes from JoAnns, the “crust” and “sauce” from yardage and the smaller shapes from individual sheets. … Read More

Dr. Suess Signs

Our school has a Dr. Suess celebration each year, and with our modular classroom set up in California, we have a lot of long outdoor halls without much signage. I had students make up their own to add color and creativity to our school.   1. I started with large sheets of white foam core, and … Read More

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