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 could … 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

Tree Silhouette Art

This tree silhouette art is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Old CD for tracing • Chalk pastels (blue and purple recommended) • Tempera cake paint, black • Paint brush, water DIRECTIONS 1. … 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 1. … 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

Maple Leaf Drawing, Kandinsky Style

Here’s a maple leaf drawing idea that uses colors, Kandinsky-style. Kandinsky was one of the first artists to make abstract paintings that celebrated ideas as simple as rings of color. I followed my Maple leaf drawing lesson seen in the diagram below and then used some new Prang crayons for the vivid color. They really do … Read More

Fall Leaf Matchbox Art

Little miniature paper leaves inspired this week’s Matchbox Art project. The best part was finding that they could be colored with markers to brighten and match them with other art. MATERIALS • Matchbox PDF Template (sleeve, tray and insert) • Papercutter or scissors • Stabilo markers • Mini paper leaves • Craft glue • Scotch tape … 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

Matchbox Seashell Art

I’m trying some new Matchbox after school 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 • … Read More

Klimt and 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. MATERIALS • Color print of Adele Head Template • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip 1. Students sketch … Read More

Line Leaf

This is a study of patterns that could be simplified for kinder and 1st grade students. 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 PREP: … 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

Ceramic Burger

Here’s 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

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

“Big Eyes” Self Portrait

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You may be familiar with the story of Margaret Keane as told in the 2014 movie “Big Eyes”, but did you know these other interesting facts? • Margaret painted children with over-sized doe like eyes as early as age 10, it was a life long fascination with her. • She was one of the most popular … Read More

Paper Mache Leaves from Germany

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Wow, look what was just shared with me! An amazing artist from Germany took my very ordinary post about paper mache tiles and turned it into this exquisite work art ! Her instructions are in German, but the photos are so descriptive that I don’t think words are really necessary. Go see for yourself, and then … Read More

Ceramic Tea Cups

Here’s one of my favorite projects that is in my friend Jenni Ward’s new ebook, “Create with Clay 3″. When I think of all the possible variations you could try with these, it makes my head hurt, but in a totally good way. The book with detailed written instructions will be posted before the weekend is … Read More

Metal Tooling Mask

Students made mini masks in my last metal tooling class and this 2nd grader, Megan B., did an exceptional job. Materials: • Waterbased markers • Felt, approx. 7″ x 6″ rectangles • Pencil • Metal Tooling • Brush Sharpie Markers • Black card stock paper, approx. 9″ x 6″ • Masking tape PREP: Cut metal tooling … Read More

Draw Places and Plants eBook

Just posted to My PDF Shop, my latest How to Draw ebook. In it you’ll find tutorials on how to draw Amsterdam Buildings, Asian House, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Farm, Vanishing Point Landscape, Island Lighthouse, Medieval, Castle, Russian Buildings, Statue of Liberty, Old House, Country Barn, Capitol Building, Country House, Haunted House, Shop, Starry Night City, … Read More

Veteran Flag from Georgia

In honor of Memorial Day, here’s one of my favorite posts from a few years ago. Claire L., a volunteer who works regularly with the seniors, planned this project that I hear was a huge success. In fact, here is what she wrote about the completion of the flag: “When I went to Southland Nursing Home … Read More

Ceramic Fishie

Here’s a sample tutorial my friend Jenni Ward has included in her new “Create with Clay 2″ ebook that was recently added to my PDF shop. This book contains a total of five wonderful, teacher-tested art projects, including this adorable fish, with detailed instructions for each photo. • View Create with Clay 2 eBook

Draw Russian Buildings

Russian architecture is so different than buildings children are used to drawing. The “ice cream” topped towers look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. • View and download Russian Buildings Tutorial MATERIALS • Russian building tutorial printout • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker • Crayola crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Students follow tutorial to draw … Read More

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