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

How to Draw a Cow
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Here is a pretty simple way to draw a cow, starting with just some very familiar shapes. This one was done with crayon and watercolor, but white tempera paint on blue paper … Read More

Sharpie and Acetate Pattern Leaf
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Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is … Read More

Kandinsky Leaves
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Here’s an idea for mixing art history with the season, filling in a leaf drawing with Kandinsky-style circles. I followed my leaf drawing lesson HERE, and then used these great crayons that … Read More

Clover’s Cats
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Today’s watercolor class made a version of an abstract cat project that I last tried with markers. I love how Clover’s turned out. 1. Draw the small cat head on the bottom … Read More

Plaster and Jewels Paperweight
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I made these plaster paper weights with about 30 kids today, and they really enjoyed them. The hardest part was waiting 20 minutes for them to set. PREP: Make 10″ x 2″ … Read More

Draw a Bushel of Apples
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This is a good project for young artists because the basket is symmetrical, and the apples are easy to layer. If you can, try adding brown and yellow crayon lines to the … Read More

Leafy Butterflies
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This project was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book “Leaf Man”. A little technology, namely stock photography and a color printer, helped me make dozens of flat, easy to cut and glue leaves. … Read More

Draw a Romero Britto Cat
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Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. He had a modest childhood but today is an internationally renowned pop artist. Here is how to draw a cat in his fun … Read More

Art Storage
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I tried these pizza boxes for kinder art storage last year, and they were a hit. They are obviously very easy to stack, accept lots of bumpy art, and are great for … Read More

Pumpkin Art Made from Trash
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This pumpkin art truly turns trash into something beautiful. Use old bags for the soft inside, rubber bands to make the dents, and mache to make a smooth surface. MATERIALS • About … Read More

My Favorite First Kinder Project
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This is still my favorite first project for kinder classes. As a warm up, “Little Green” by Keith Baker has beautiful illustrations of a hummingbird flying in zig-zags, loop-de-loops, and various patterns … Read More

Draw a Fall Landscape
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Students can easily give their drawing perspective by making their blowing leaves in a variety of sizes. Add some dark marker lines and colorful crayon details and you have the makings of … Read More

Another Model Magic Mask
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As a follow up to Sara’s Mask, here’s an example of what some older students could do. More flowers, petals, outlining of shapes, etc. I couldn’t believe that I actually had time … Read More

Sara’s Mask
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Here’s an idea for an Art Party type project – applying Model Magic to a paper mache mask. This one was was made yesterday by Sara, who is just going into the … Read More

Draw a Country Barn
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Country barns are a great subject matter for fall artwork, so here’s a tutorial to save for the upcoming months. You can download the pdf file below. • View and download Barn … Read More

Lego Self Portrait
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The first art class of the year is often more of an intro to things, but I still like to offer a project that is creative and easy to finish. My plan … Read More

Me and My Goals Self-Portrait
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The beginning of a school year is a good time to declare goals. This project, inspired by a New Jersey middle school posting, allows students to draw themselves with just a focus on … Read More

Draw an Ornithomimus
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It turns out that a young Ornithomimus only had “dino fuzz”, while the adults grew actual feathers. How cool is that? To download my pdf tutorial file, just click on the link … Read More

Draw a Mastodon
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Mastodons are an extinct group of mammal species, closely related to elephants. They look a lot like mammoths, they just have shorter legs, a longer body and more muscles. • View and … Read More

Draw a Scarecrow Face
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Here’s a fun way to draw a scarecrow, and it’s easy enough for even most kinders. I highly recommend printing or drawing the light center guide lines though, before you start. They … Read More

Dinosaur Head
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Here’s a chance to draw dinosaur facial features: bumpy eyes, sharp teeth, etc. MATERIALS View and download Dino Head Tutorial  Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Draw the dinosaur according … Read More

Draw a Saurolophus
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The Saurolophus was a large, plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur. The next time your child or student asks how to draw one of these, you’ll know where to come! • Download Draw a Saurolophus … Read More

Draw a Plesiosaurus
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I read that a Plesiosaurus is often mistakenly referred to as a dinosaur, when in fact it is a prehistoric marine reptile, which lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Now … Read More

Sitting Dragon
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Before you master drawing a flying dragon, you might want to try to draw a sitting one. This one is a little different with easy doglike feet instead of the complicated claw … Read More

Draw A Purple Dragon Head
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Dragon heads can get rather complicated, what with all the horns and spikes and things. I made this drawing in an effort to simplify it as much as possible. MATERIALS View and … Read More

Draw an Ankylosaurus
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The Ankylosaurus was a big dinosaur that featured huge plates of body armor to protect itself from attackers. Follow my tutorial to draw one like you see here. • View and download … Read More

Draw a Megalodon Shark
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The word Megalodon means “Big Tooth”. How big you might ask? How about 7″ long!  These were the largest and most dangerous killer sharks to ever live on earth. • Draw a … Read More

Draw a Velociraptor
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Next to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor is the world’s most famous meat-eating dinosaur. To me he just looks like a skinnier version of him. • View and download Velociraptor Tutorial

Back to School Stick Portrait
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This makes a great first art project for school – the stick bodies are easy to draw and the coloring is just for fun. Plus, it’s not messy. Plenty of time for … Read More

Hundertwasser Style Portrait
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Here’s project that asks students to see themselves in a very abstract way, and creates a colorful display most teachers appreciate for their classrooms. Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had an amazing life, … Read More

Draw a Red Dragon
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This might be one of the easier ways to draw a dragon – a simple profile, no twisting and turning. He can, of course, be colored any color. I’m just running out … Read More

Draw a Spiked Dragon
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My students have often asked me how to draw a dragon, so I put together this tutorial. I think it’s only fair to add a disclaimer that irregular curvy lines are trickier … Read More

Draw a Pterodactyl
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Pterodactyls are the world’s most familiar pterosaurs, or flying reptiles. The largest species attained wingspans of up to 30 feet, much larger than any flying birds alive today. • View and download … Read More

Draw a Triceratops
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The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face. Make sure your dinosaur has all three horns. MATERIALS View and download Triceratops Tutorial Drawing … Read More

Draw a Spinosaurus
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Did you know that the Spinosaurus was larger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex and may have been the largest carnivorous (meat eating) dinosaur ever? Here’s how to draw one of these creatures. • … Read More

Divide a CD into 6 Sections
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I have a few tips to help students divide a CD into six sections. They involve a bit of “eyeball” measuring, but will be accurate enough for a nice color wheel. I … Read More

3D City Buildings
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Students learn how to turn a rectangle into a 3D form in this drawing project. It’s great for reviewing right angles, parallel lines, shapes vs. forms and more. 1. Cut nine 2.5″ … Read More

CD Color Wheel
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I may try this extended color wheel with some of my older students this fall, specifically those that are working on their Recycled Art Journals. It would remind them of the basic … Read More

Draw a T-Rex
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Tyrannosaurus Rex is possibly the most well known dinosaur due to its huge size, ferocious nature and regular appearances in movies. MATERIALS View and download T-Rex Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker … Read More

Draw a Parasaur Dinosaur
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Parasaurs were herbivores and had large head crests they used for trumpeting. They weighed 3.5 tons, or about as much as a van. MATERIALS View and download Parasaur Tutorial Drawing paper Black … Read More

Printing with Bubblewrap
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I tried printing with bubblewrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little messy, … Read More

Beans in a CD Case
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Summer time is great for experimenting with growing beans in a CD case. MATERIALS • Old CD Jewel Case • Potting soil • Bean seeds, small • Rubber band DIRECTIONS 1. Remove … Read More

Grass in a CD Case
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make … Read More

Draw the Statue of Liberty
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Drawing the Statue of Liberty is a great way to learn about it, but it’s not the most easy shape to draw. I have seen lots of students do much better than … Read More

Draw a Diplodocus
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Here’s one way to draw a Diplodocus, or Long Neck, if you are a “Land Before Time” fan. It’s the best way I know to fill the paper with one of the … Read More

Layered Creative Writing
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Maybe a really good test score, or jersey number or locker number could be the starting point for a journal page prompt. MATERIALS • Art Journal page • Ball point pen • … Read More

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