Recycled Rooster

Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat” is perfect and actually the inspiration for this project. 1. Most 1st graders have trouble drawing large sizes, so I made templates for them to trace. They just … Read More

Kandinsky Leaves

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 Prang let me sample. They are called Color Wands, are a pleasure to color with, and keep little fingers from getting really messy. I … Read More

Clover’s Doodle Bird Drawing

I’m trying to encourage my students to do more doodle drawing, which I define as just very simple shapes that may be random or may make a picture. The goal is simply for them to have fun, and work independently. I’m not against helping someone who is struggling, but some students turn asking for help into … Read More

Art Storage

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 handing off to parents at the end of the year. And if you can get a local pizza shop to donate them – they … Read More

Student Gallery of Murals

I’d like to thank Ms. Sterling’s 5th and 6th grade class at Orangevale Adventist School for sharing their amazing artwork with me. They have used my murals for the past three years with these beautiful results. The finished art is mounted on a canvas with Modge Podge before hanging them in the art room (which looks … 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 across the pages. 1. Start with a large sheet of paper and a thick black marker. Students draw a zig-zag line from edge to … Read More

Hundertwasser Style Portrait

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, along with a very appealing style of abstract drawing. Click here to read more about him. 1. Start with a 9″ x 12″ paper, … Read More

Grass in a CD Case

I’m continuing my plant experiments in CD cases. An earlier bean seed grew too fat, so I thought I’d try some thin grass. 1. I started with just a couple spoonfuls of house plant soil soaked in enough water to get it really wet. I hand squeezed it and spread it out in the bottom of … Read More

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

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