Tissue Paper Christmas Tree
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I’ve seen some really beautiful decorations made from just clear contact paper and tissue paper. 1. Cut two matching rectangles … 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 … Read More

“Where I Live” Art Journal Page
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My Art Journal class is focusing on themes that describe their life as they know it. Here is a collage … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Watercolor and Crayon Name
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You can give your painting skills a practice while you make a pretty sign for your home or classroom. 1. … Read More

Lettering on Acetate
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My afterschool students practiced their lettering with acetate tracings, mounted to photo backgrounds.   1. I printed out this quote “Every … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. … 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 – … Read More

Recycled Turkey on a Stick
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This ingenious idea for making turkeys from old food boxes comes from My Plum Pudding. It’s a great use of … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Clover’s Watercolor Monster
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My students painted some very free-form monsters today. Sometimes I think it’s fun for them to just draw things completely … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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A couple of tweaks to an old project turned out to be a real favorite with 1st – 5th graders … 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 … 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. … 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 … Read More

Fundraiser Painting for Little Artists
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I tried one more watercolor project with my T-K class this week, one that I wanted to be successful with … 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. 1. … 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 … Read More

Scotch Tape Fall Trees
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All the supplies for these fall art trading cards actually came from my local Staples store. It seems they now … 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, … Read More

George Washington, Pop Art Style
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You can give Mr. Washington a contemporary look by only using three colors on my downloadable coloring page. Just follow … 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 … 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 … Read More

Little Wooden Crystals
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I’m having so much fun with these little stick sculptures, and so are my students. They happen to be studying … 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. … 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 … 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 … Read More

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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Collage Name Card
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Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative … 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 … 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 … 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. … 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 … Read More

Plaster Texture
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Van Gogh’s art is famous for its texture and thick paint. My mini painting has the texture added first (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. … 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 … Read More

Recycled Rooster
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Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage … Read More

Chrysanthemum Flower Craft
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Here’s a recycled craft that was so popular, students came back today and asked to do it again. It took … Read More

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