Solar Eclipse 2017 Art
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  Here’s a solar eclipse art project that is easy for all ages and good shading practice. Love it when science and art work together. MATERIALS Astrobright cardstock paper (found mine at … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Escher Eye Drawing
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M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed piece titled “Eye” that offers lots of detail. Students may use either … Read More

Giant Chalk Self Portrait
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Tree Silhouette Art
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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 … Read More

Student Chalk Pastel Apples
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A quick look at how some of my 4th graders made their apple drawings last week. I love how the oil pastel made a very thick edge, and literally helped keep the … Read More

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

Black Chalk Paper
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Here is how I make my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Full Moon Tree
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This full moon tree painting 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 • … Read More

New Strathmore Cover Art
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I had a chance to collaborate recently with the marketing department at Strathmore Paper, and really enjoyed developing this cover artwork for a new product that will be released in the fall. … Read More

Giacometti Glue Drawing
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Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) was a Swiss sculptor, famous for his strangely elongated human forms.  I’ve discovered that drawing these figures with glue is both easy, AND the perfect medium to match the … 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. Starting with an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, students draw … 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 really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

M.C. Escher Eye Drawing
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M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed piece titled “Eye” that offers lots of detail. Students may use either … Read More

Snowman on Skis
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My drawing was made on black paper and traced with white glue. After the glue dries, the art can be colored in with chalk or color sticks.   MATERIALS Download Snowman Tutorial … Read More

Moon and Tree Silhouette
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I tried this project three different ways today, and the third time ended up the charm. First was with a black chalk pastel sky (too dark), then gray (looked good, but chalk … Read More

Glue and Pastel Spiderweb
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This basic glue and pastel process can be used with a variety of subject matter – this spiderweb worked well for little hands that were just learning how to control a glue … Read More

Spheres in Space
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Learning how to turn a circle into a sphere can be lots of fun if you use an outer space theme. 1. Die cut presses and heavy mat board were invaluable for … 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. Starting with an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, students draw … Read More

Pastel Cactus Drawing
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One of my favorite combos is blending chalk pastels over dried glue. When I saw this cactus illustration, I knew it would make a great image and allow for some simple shading … Read More

Oversized Chalk Self-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 really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Kandinsky Cityscape
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This Kandinsky Cityscape project is in honor of his wonderful city life paintings, such as “Houses in Munich”. I tried out a new media that offers the rich colors of pastels, but … Read More

Glue and Chalk Pastel Spiderweb
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This basic glue and chalk pastel process can be used with a variety of subject matter. This spiderweb worked well for little hands that were just learning how to control a glue … Read More

Cliff Dwelling Landscape
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This cliff dwelling landscape was especially popular with students who love the idea of drawing their own fortresses with ladders, windows, etc. MATERIALS • Drawing paper, 12″ x 18″ is best • … Read More