Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies

These Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies are so easy to make, thanks to the perfect gingerbread Model Magic color, also known as “Terra Cotta”. If you have cookie cutters to use, that would make things easy. But if not, forming your own head, arms and legs will make for a cookie with lots of personality. MATERIALS • … Read More

Giant Nutcracker Drawings

     My art room is filled with giant Nutcracker drawings right now, waiting to be lined up in our auditorium for our upcoming holiday show. I took a que from my Harvest festival decorations on butcher paper sketched one master nutcracker and have been tracing him in pencil for days. The kids love to trace and … Read More

Ornament Christmas Card

To make this ornament Christmas card, try filling the shapes with lots of with lines and patterns and watch the edges appear all by themselves. MATERIALS • White cardstock paper, 5″ x 7″ • Scrap paper • Scissors • Pencil • Sharpie markers, assorted, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS 1. Cut ornament shapes from scrap paper. To … Read More

Free Thanksgiving Mural

In the spirit of giving this holiday week, I’d like to offer this free Thanksgiving Mural PDF template. The five-page file that you can download below has the four pages needed to color and tape together as shown, and single coloring sheet as well. When complete, it will make a charming 16″ x 16″ mural that … Read More

Draw a Turkey

Here’s my popular “Draw A Turkey” tutorial in a format that is more computer friendly. If you prefer something you can print and pass out to students, try my PDF tutorial linked below.  Either way, I’ve found this front view of a turkey doable even by kinders as I have found they respond well to large … Read More

Paper Cactus

Thanks to craft paper punches, projects like this paper cactus are totally possible even for classrooms. I just recommend pre-punching the circles for a group of 25 or more. I learned the hard way. MATERIALS • Miniature clay pot, about 2″ tall (Michaels has them) • Model Magic (leftovers or any brown color) • Craft paper … Read More

Beginner Weaving Project

I found my new favorite beginner weaving project that takes very little prep work, is inexpensive, and still makes a very pretty little work of art. The best part? It kept two very talky 4th grade classes engaged for a full 45 minutes today. In fact, it was even a couple of boys who were begging … Read More

Sharpie Winter Landscape

To wrap up my Sharpie Blog Roll, here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that I found works well for a wide range of students. The black permanent marker allows for liberal painting over the trees, and the white marker creates easy dots of snow to finish things off. • View and download Winter Landscape Tutorial … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turkey

For something new, draw a cartoon turkey and then make up a funny story about him or her. This guy is pretty simple, and I’ve even tried it successfully with kinders. At the very least, you will get something far better than just tracing your hand. • View and download PDF Turkey tutorial MATERIALS • Color … Read More

Cake Sculpture, Miniature Style

Here’s an easy way to make a very yummy looking cake sculpture, thanks to all the great food-looking colors that Model Magic comes in. Their natural set makes a perfect chocolate and caramel, and the white looks like whipped cream every time. Need one more reason? Math is involved when circles are cut into quarters. Fractions … Read More

How to Draw an Alpaca

In case you need to learn how to draw an Alpaca, here’s the perfect tutorial for you. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years by the people of northern Peru. • Draw an Alpaca PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Alpaca tutorial for each student • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker • Crayons DIRECTIONS … Read More

Easy Ceramic Cupcake

This easy ceramic cupcake project is my very favorite, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. I’m pretty sure though that it has lots of appeal for any holiday gifts too. It is so simple which helps all the students feel successful when they complete it, and makes a keepsake that my parents … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies

My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black and shiny silver. Fortunately, they all come from supplies that are very easy for kids to use too. MATERIALS • White paper jewelry boxes • Sharpie marker, black, fine tip • Sharpie marker, black, brush tip … Read More

How to Draw a Haunted House

When students learn how to draw a haunted house, they can practice their architectural drawing while changing just a few elements to make their houses extra spooky. • View and download Haunted House Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Haunted House tutorial • Multimedia paper • Black Sharpie • Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS 1. You … Read More

Draw a Bat, and the Perfect Book

My first graders were shown how to draw a bat, but only after learning some more about them in this amazing new book I found “Nightsong”. It beautifully illustrates how they use their radar to see at night, and tells of a young bat’s first flight by himself. Really one of those special books, and a … Read More

Draw a Vampire Bat

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. Oversized heads and symmetrical shapes always seem to work better for young artists, so this one is great for even kindergartners. • View and … Read More

Bat Painting, Silhouettes on Coffee Filters

A fun way to make a bat painting as the permanent marker makes it easy to draw and color, and the coffee filters and watercolors never fail to amaze me with their vivid color. There’s a reason why I call them the “poor man’s watercolor paper”. MATERIALS • Jumbo coffee filters, from restaurant supply store • … Read More

Batik Pumpkin Art

This batik pumpkin art is meant to imitate the real thing, a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can simulate the look of cracked wax and color by working with crayons and watercolor.  MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola crayons • Liquid watercolor paint, black or blue   DIRECTIONS … Read More

How to Draw An Apple, and Shade it Like a Pro

If you want to learn how to draw an apple, you don’t have to settle for just a flat shape. Add a white highlight and shaded side and bam! Pretty real looking fruit. Thank you messy-but-you-do-your-job chalk pastels. MATERIALS • Colored paper, I used Recollections Card Stock in Navy • Black oil pastel • Chalk pastels … Read More

Easy Snowflake Art with Paint and Paper

Here is one way to make easy snowflake art with paint and paper. Try blending several shades of blue on good watercolor paper and sprinkle salt to add more texture. Brush it off when dry and glue down punched out paper snowflakes. Super simple and gets amazing results every time.  MATERIALS • Watercolor paper (try Strathmore … Read More

Abstract Art Cat

Turn a simple drawing into an Abstract Art Cat by just dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. Neat coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will not have the same effect as this amazing young student’s art. Not up for the messiness of pastels? Markers are another option, if you … Read More

Pumpkin Art

This pumpkin art project is a great example of teaching a principal of design, while making a very graphic image. I love how it literally requires students to flip and glue down their cut out shapes to mirror the other side. You can’t get more literal than that as a definition of symmetry. MATERIALS • Black … Read More

Fall Tree Art Collage

If you’ve every tried painting on a paper towel, and enjoyed the way the color just soaks in, then you will love this fall tree art project. Turns out that coffee filters create the same effect, but as a bonus, are great for crayon rubbing too. They are both thin and strong, which is perfect for … Read More

How to Draw a Fox Face

My How to Draw a Fox Face tutorial will help students fill their page with a large, symmetrical face, that has all kinds of coloring options. • View and Download Fox Face PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Black marker • Crayola crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Print a Fox Face tutorial for each student. They make … Read More

Torn Winter Tree Art

This winter tree art landscape makes use of a simple idea, namely that torn paper looks a lot like the bark edges of a tree, but needs to be done neatly for maximum impact. I first did this with a mixed class that included first graders, and while they painted and tore the paper just fine, … Read More

Overlapping Art, with Architecture

One of the steps to go from drawing flat landscapes to ones with depth is to create overlapping art. This project plays with the idea, and need not follow any perspective rules. Young artists can just have fun making lots of 3D looking buildings that completely fill their page. MATERIALS • Drawing or multi-media paper • … Read More

How to Draw an Owl

Learn how to draw an owl, and then finish it of with some pretty paint and metallic markers. Their shimmery color will look extra pretty against the matte paint colors. PREP • Print Easy Owl PDF template MATERIALS • Liquid watercolor paint • Sharpie, black, fine point • Crayola Metallic Markers DIRECTIONS 1. Print a tutorial … Read More

Draw a Bunny

For instant cuteness when learning to draw a bunny, try adding clothes. All kinds of personality seems to just jump out at you. • View and download Storybook Bunny PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Drawing Paper • Black Sharpie • Crayons DIRECTIONS PREP: Print a PDF Bunny Tutorial for each student 1. Draw or print drawing guides. … Read More

Matchbox Seashell Art

I’m tried some new Matchbox Seashell Art projects, and have found a lot of inspiration at my local Michaels store. These colorful little sea shells were perfect for a beach-themed box. MATERIALS • Matchbox PDF Template (sleeve, tray and insert) • Papercutter or scissors • Stabilo markers • Mini sea shells • Craft glue • Scotch … Read More

Coffee Filter Trees

It turns out that it’s easy and inexpensive to make some amazing coffee filter trees. Put them on some nice card stock paper and you have all the makings of a beautiful fall collage. MATERIALS • Coffee filters • Plastic embroidery canvas • Recollections card stock paper, blue • Recollestions card stock paper, black • Crayons … Read More

Klimt Patterns

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. • View and download Adele Head Template MATERIALS • Color print of Adele Head Template • Black … Read More

Craft Stick Crate Tutorial

As promised from a few days ago, my Craft Stick Crate tutorial. I can imagine these as a fun gift for parents, or maybe even a way to start a house. All kinds of possibilities. My sticks came from Pacon, which sells a variety of Creativity Craft Sticks at United Art & Education. • View and … Read More

Line Leaf

This is a fun study of line patterns. I drew my leaf and filled it in, but a large template to trace might help younger students get started. • View and download Line Leaf Template MATERIALS • Line Leaf print • Black Sharpie marker, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS PREP: Print one Line Leaf Template for each … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait

This Modigliani self portrait project seems to work surprisingly well every time I try it. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy, and thick pastels are the perfect media for imitating Modigliani’s rich dark look. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Cut the paper to … Read More

Craft Stick Crate

I’m still playing with a stash of craft sticks from Pacon, and tried to make a copy of this little craft stick crate that I found at Michael’s. I plan to make a tutorial soon, but crafty folks out there may be able to see the basic construction from the photo. MATERIALS • Jumbo craft sticks, … Read More

Ceramic Burger

This ceramic burger is one of my favorite projects from Jenni Ward’s ebook “Create with Clay 4”. Follow the link to get her amazing tutorial with lots of photos and helpful tips. • Purchase “Create with Clay 4” ebook Save Save Save Save Save Save

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Did you know that friendship bracelets are made with six colors because that’s how many letters are in the word F-R-I-E-N-D? My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I used the topic to teach students how to make make these, hence this tutorial to help me instruct 35+ students … Read More

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