Minecraft Selfies
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There are many great Minecraft self portrait ideas over on Pinterest, but I am going to have my students use this approach, with a pre-printed grid. I love how this will add … Read More

Draw a Tree with Your Hand
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I saw this idea for drawing a tree on Artsonia.com, and love showing kids how lines can give dimension to their art. MATERIALS Draw a Hand Tree Tutorial (download here) Drawing paper … Read More

Zentangle Art Leaf Template
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I created this leaf template years ago, after getting inspired by some Zentangle art. Here’s a fun project when studying lines as an element of art. Below is the link to download … Read More

Gold Rush PDF Package, $10
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I am happy to release my new Gold Rush package. It includes 3 sizes of my new San Francisco Niantic Hotel mural (6, 15 and 28 pages) and a new “Wanted” Poster … Read More

Deluxe Mona Lisa Template
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Here’s another line art project, this time based on the very famous painting of Mona Lisa. This photoshopped face of Mona Lisa was originally posted quite awhile ago, but only with the … Read More

Surrealism and Magritte
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René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist who became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. He wanted to challenge viewers to think about what they were looking at … Read More

Draw a Skunk
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So it seems that my collection of animal tutorials was missing one certain little black and white animal. Here to correct that is how to draw a skunk. MATERIALS PDF Skunk Drawing … Read More

Legos and Self Portraits
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I have used this as a first project of the year quite often the template helps all skill levels get off to a good start, and still has lots of room for … Read More

Draw a Flower
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A fun way to show kinders how to draw a flower.  Simple shapes with a twist of adding pins between the petals. MATERIALS • Download Pin Flower PDF tutorial • Drawing paper … Read More

Half Portrait Tutorial
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Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. I like this one as the fold line guides will force them to fill their … Read More

Summer of 2017: My Top 5 Most Pinned Projects
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My Current Top Five Most Pinned Projects 1. Draw a Dandelion   2. Warm Hands from my PDF Shop   3. Layered Winter Landscape   4. Craft Stick Easel   5. Van … Read More

Beach Drawing
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A little first grader made this beach drawing years ago. I love everything about it. I thought it was time for a tutorial as it makes for a fun drawing this time … Read More

Easy Dog Drawing
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I sometimes give my young kinder and 1st grade students a template to trace for the first step of a project. For this easy dog drawing, children had the head template to … Read More

Artist Trading Cards with Texture
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My favorite alternative to art texture plates is plastic embroidery mesh from the fabric store. If you buy them large and cut them up, they are pretty cheap.   MATERIALS • White … Read More

Draw an Ice Cream Cone
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Some believe that you need to spend 10,000 hours to master a skill. Personally, I think that between teaching my daytime and after school children’s drawing classes for 10 plus years, I’m … Read More

Outline Hand Drawing
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Have students start by tracing their hand, and then add all the details they can see. MATERIALS • Journal Page or Drawing Paper • Pencil • Black Sharpie, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks. MATERIALS • Journal page or drawing paper • Pencil crayon or crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. Students … Read More

Deluxe Van Gogh Line Art Template
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Here’s another line art project, this time with Van Gogh’s amazing self-portrait. This photoshopped face of Van Gogh was originally posted quite awhile ago, but only with the one main page to draw … 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

Deluxe Leonardo Line Art Template
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When you leave a graphic design job to start teaching art, you just might find yourself making your own project materials. And if you get a break in your busy schedule (hello summer!) … Read More

Draw a Simple House
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I have tried this house drawing project every year with kinders and have loved the results. This year I just added a texture element, which came from slipping a small piece of … Read More

Draw an Adobe Landscape
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Diversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class … Read More

Earthworm Art
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I knew there was a way to mix scratch art and earthworm studies. Just make your own scratch art paper with oil pastels and you can fill your page with all the … Read More

Draw a Simple Caterpillar
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Turns out the best way to draw a caterpillar is by starting with a bunch of lines. I found this method in a drawing book years ago, and have saved it for … Read More

Draw a Simple Cat
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Two circles get this simple cat drawing off to a good start. If you begin by tracing a roll of masking tape, kinders especially will be more likely to draw a cat … Read More

Draw Pete the Cat Tutorial
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Pete the Cat seems to have a lot of fans these days, so I thought I’d make a tutorial on how to draw him. Older students might notice that there’s a little … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Fish
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Big, overlapping eyes make almost anything look funny. Especially cartoon fish with big goofy lips. MATERIAL • Cartoon Fish PDF Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait Tutorial
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I’ve made a Modigliani self portrait tutorial in hopes that it encourages more to try it out. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing, and … Read More

Draw a Water Buffalo
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You just never know when you might need to draw a Water Buffalo.These guys have a look that is all their own. • View and download Water Buffalo PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • … Read More

Draw the White House
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If you are studying American symbols, here’s how to draw the White House. I’ve simplified it as much as possible, and have created some grid paper to help those (even as young … Read More

Abstract Cat Drawing
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This cat project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch, who sadly passed away recently. She had a wonderful style of drawing abstract cats with large eyes that always met … Read More

Draw a Caterpillar
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Here’s a little tip on how to draw a caterpillar with very “squishy” sections. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it … Read More

Lois Mailou Jones Drawing
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This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is in honor of Black History month. During Lois’ remarkable life, she painted, designed masks, textiles and stained glass windows, traveled the world and never stopped learning. Her … Read More

Draw a Snail
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Learning about snails in your classroom? Here’s a simple way to draw one, all starting with the number “6”. I found a wonderful foreign website (pavulurivikram.blogspot.dk) that has lots of drawings based … Read More

Valentine Kids from Nebraska
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Here is some Valentine art that is just too cute not to share. Lisa H. wrote,“We live in Nebraska and every Friday my younger kids and my older grand kids get together … Read More

Heart Trees
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright told his students, “Limits are an artist’s best friend.” That’s because they force us to find answers we might not otherwise have discovered. Students are to draw a … Read More

Jim Dine Heart
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Jim Dine is an American pop artist, famous for his series of heart paintings. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. … Read More

Draw an Astronaut
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Here’s one way to spark a child’s interest in science and space. Show them how to draw an astronaut and space ship, floating among stars and planets. All are made with simple … Read More

Radial Hearts Drawing
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Students can practice radial symmetry with this Radial Hearts drawing. It takes time to fill in the entire paper, but the results can be really amazing. And once someone gets good at … Read More

“How to Draw” Book Giveaway
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Well, it’s the last day of my holiday break, so I thought I’d make it a fun one by offering up a GIANT “How to Draw” book giveaway. This baby contains all … Read More

Draw Grumpy Cat
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Find how easy it is to draw Grumpy cat with my step-by-step tutorial. Luckily, he has some pretty distinctive features, like the dark rings around his eyes and his famous frowning mouth. … Read More

Draw Your Neighborhood
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Learn how to draw your neighborhood by focusing on three main areas. This stacked arrangement is my solution for encouraging students to draw LARGE and fill their papers. I am fortunate in … Read More

Gingerbread House Decorations
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Looking for ideas for homemade holiday decorations? I need some for my school’s holiday boutique, so I’m having students draw gingerbread houses and then cut them out. I found that if I … Read More

Draw a Cardinal
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I’ve been on the lookout for a new way to draw a cardinal. This one, inspired by a stock art illustration is built on some very simple shapes that I think young … Read More

Draw a Frame
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Here’s a super easy way to draw a frame on your artwork with this fun, precut paper. Add a few swirly black lines and you have a wood grain look that adds … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face
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Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice … Read More

Snowy Winter Tree Painting
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For this snowy winter tree painting, students have the chance to just focus on the branches without any worries about leaves. Studying their basic structure will help them draw more realistically. I’ve … Read More

Giant Nutcracker Drawings
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     My art room is filled with giant Nutcracker drawings right now, waiting to be lined up in our auditorium for our upcoming holiday show. I took a que from my Harvest … Read More

Elf Feet Drawing
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Try Elf feet drawing for a fun holiday project. The close up view of just the legs and shoes make for festive picture that would be great for many different uses. MATERIALS … Read More

Draw a Teddy
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I taught my students how to draw a teddy with a few simple shapes, and they found many, many ways to turn him or her into their own creation. For instance, it … Read More

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