Self Portraits on Display

Here’s my canvas project from last year, finally on display at the local library in Studio City, CA. Each 18″ x 36″ canvas has self portraits from an entire grade level, representing kinder through 5th grade. It’s funny that it started off as a project with another destination in mind, but now seems custom made for … Read More

Delaunay Circles

Sonia Delaunay was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964. My goal was to have students imitate her use of repeating shapes and colors so they could see the rhythm that is created. 1. Using circle templates, or misc. round shapes, students first draw two different sized circles … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns

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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The circle shape is built in, and the Sharpie color on foil never ceases to amaze. Especially when rainbows are involved, like Talia’s.

Milk Bottle Jars

My Sharpie Art class is working with some tissue paper and milk bottles I found at Michael’s. The tissue is torn and applied to the jars with watery glue. When it is dry they are going to draw some silhouette marker art on the sides. I’m loving all the glass bottles I see at Michael’s these … Read More

Sharpies and Fabric

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Here’s a really cool looking project that takes just a few ordinary supplies: cotton knit fabric, permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. The ideal match is with tshirts, but if that is difficult due to time or budgets, a swatch of fabric is just as fun. 1. Place a bowl or container under the fabric and wrap … Read More

LOVE Lines

Students can practice using a ruler with this drawing project, and do some very basic measuring, which is a 2nd grade Common Core Standard. 1. Students start with a square piece of drawing paper. (I recommend one about 6″.) They measure and mark the center of each side and draw lines connecting them to make the … Read More

Boxed Butterfly

Art can cross with science in this boxed butterfly project. 1. Fold an origami box lid that is about 4″ in diameter. 2. Draw a folded butterfly to fit in the box. Heavy cardstock paper will work best. 3. Cut butterfly out and color with markers. 4. Glue a small piece of foam core in the … Read More

Matchbox Art Template

Finally, my promised Matchbook Art Template and instructions. I tried this on several different papers and ended up liking a heavy 110 lb. card stock the best. Here’s how I dealt with a large group of afterschool students, ages kinder through 5th grade. • View and download Matchbox Tutorial PREP: Print and trim a tray, insert … Read More

Lettering on Acetate

My afterschool students practiced their lettering with acetate tracings, mounted to photo backgrounds.   1. I printed out this quote “Every Child is an Artist’ using Fink Gothic typeface, graying the lines to make the tracing more readable. Students placed a sheet of acetate over it and traced the letters with a black permanent marker. 2. Sharpie … Read More

Matchbox House

I started a Matchbox Art class today, after getting inspired by adorable little boxes I found on Pinterest. I ended up folding the little matchbox trays myself, which measured 2.25″ x 3.25″ x .75″ deep. Students colored the outside wrap while it was still flat, and then colored the insert. Everything was folded and taped and … Read More

George Washington, Pop Art Style

You can give Mr. Washington a contemporary look by only using three colors on my downloadable coloring page. Just follow the directions below. 1. View and download Washington Coloring Page. 2. Use a black marker to fill in the darkest gray area. 3. Use two other similar colors (dark blue / light blue, or dark green … Read More

White Marker Drawings

I started with one of my favorite poems, “The Wise Owl” for this 2-page spread layout. 1. I really love the look of white on dark journal pages I have been coming across, so I splurged on a white DecoColor marker from Aaron Brothers. To prepare the pages, I painted them with a dark blue watercolor … 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

Tiki Face Drawings

If you want to encourage your students make BOLD art, then try giving them really BOLD markers, as in the fat, chisel tip Sharpie variety. It really makes a big difference. 1. Students fold brown paper in half down the center to help them draw symmetrically. I show them how to draw big eyes at an … Read More

Dr. Suess Signs

Our school has a Dr. Suess celebration each year, and with our modular classroom set up in California, we have a lot of long outdoor halls without much signage. I had students make up their own to add color and creativity to our school.   1. I started with large sheets of white foam core, and … Read More

Escher Lizard

M.C. Escher’s art continues to amaze people all over the world. His many nature-themed tessellations are both lovely and brilliant.I found the repeating pattern in Escher’s Lizard Tessellation, and thought it would be fun as a classroom project. Just print copies of the single downloadable page trim, color, and assemble in groups of four as shown. … Read More

Doodle Lettering

There are some really cool new paper-like products out these days. I found YUPO at DickBlick.com, which looks like vellum but feels like plastic. It’s great to paint on or trace with markers.   1. Students draw large stick letters for their name on copy paper, and then trace around those lines to make block letters. … Read More

Abstract Snowman Card

For all the abstract artists out there, here’s a snowman card idea that just uses markers and white circles cut from a hole punch. Make your templates once, and you could start a production line of  homemade holiday cards. • View and download Abstract Snowman tutorial

Hot Air Balloon Drawing

One large, medium and small circle can turn into a fun drawing about hot air balloons. I love showing students what old fashioned balloons looked like, for inspiration. 1. I gave my students 3 templates to trace for the circles. They drew baskets below, and rope lines to attach them. Basket can be drawn with dimension, … Read More

NEW Day of the Dead Mural

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“Dia De Los Muertos” is also known as Day of the Dead, and is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico. It is all about honoring deceased loved ones, and is a very festive and colorful occasion. I’ve made this new mural in honor of the day in two sizes: one that will fit a … Read More

Color Pattern Leaves

This is a good exercise for developing small motor skills. 1. Student traced at least two of their favorite leaf templates on a tabloid sheet of paper. Veins were added to divide the leaf up into large sections. 2. All their lines were traced with a black marker. Within each leaf shape, students drew a pattern … Read More

Klimt Line Art

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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. 1. Print out a page for each student. The body is sketched in with pencil. 2. The … Read More

Back to School Pencils

Here’s one quick way for your kids to get creative and personalize their back-to-school pencils. I pulled out my stash of Sharpies and tried a few different looks: animal skin, flowers and stripes. I’m sure kids could think of many more. Fish scales? Reptile skin?… You may have read on my “Favorite Supplies” list that I … Read More

Doodle Lettering

There are some really cool new paper-like products out these days. I found YUPO at DickBlick.com, which looks like vellum but feels like plastic. It’s great to paint on or trace with markers.   1. Students draw large stick letters for their name on copy paper, and then trace around those lines to make block letters. … Read More

Andy Warhol Portraits

Andy Warhol’s repetitive style is fun to duplicate and the perfect example for students to create their own repetitive drawings using Sharpies on acetate. 1. Review some of Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, etc. Collect several photos of celebrities or of the students themselves and copy in black and white. Let the student’s … Read More

Pattern Cat

This drawing was inspired by artist Heather Galler. I simplified some of her details, but kept the basic brilliant idea of a cat filled with patterns for my next afterschool drawing class. 1. My favorite combo is using Sharpies and BIC markers on coated white paper. I bought some wholesale at Kelly Paper for about $14 … Read More

Maasai Portrait

The Maasai are a group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their very colorful customs. One way to simplify (but still celebrate) their look is to draw a solid profile and add your own ornamental headdress. 1. Fold a paper to make … Read More

CD Mandala

A mandala is an abstract design that is usually circular in form. It is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one center point from which radiate an assortment of shapes and designs.   1. I wanted to start with a bright background on my old CD, so I spray painted it white. After … Read More

Classroom Doodle Mural

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My friend Simona shared her daughter’s classroom Earth Day mural with me last year. I think it’s spectacular! I thought it might inspire a few more artists before Tuesday’s Earth Day festivities. My Earth Day Doodle Mural comes in two sizes, one perfect for doors, and can be found at my PDF Shop.

Silent Auction Canvas Art

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If it’s April then my school’s silent auction can’t be far away. After years of trying different approaches, this art is what I will stay with next year. What’s new is finding value packs of stretched canvas at Aaron Bros and Michaels. A 16″ x 20″ pack of 5 costs just $25. So for $5 plus … Read More

Marker on Sticks Portrait

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I made this childhood portrait of my sister awhile back, using Sharpie markers on dry wax paper, adhered to popsicle sticks with watery glue. I’m really posting it now though as an excuse to wish her a happy birthday today. She can craft, cook, garden, wallpaper, build and farm like nobodies business, so my hat goes … Read More

Warhol Art Trading Cards

If you are familiar with Andy Warhol’s art, then you might know that he celebrated repetition that came with popular art images like the Campbell’s soup can. I made a custom ATC template that you can download so students can come up with their own creative soup flavors. • View and download Warhol ATC Template 1. … Read More

Geometric to Organic Shapes

This is a fun and easy project that shows how you can turn geometric shapes into organic ones.1. Students used cardboard templates to trace many  triangles, circles and squares on their paper. Shapes could overlap, but some space should be left open. 2. All the shapes are to be colored in with a NON-permanent, waterbase marker. … Read More

Cartoon Car by Cassius

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My afterschool Cartoon Class has drawn a lot of characters, but not a lot of vehicles. Today was time for a funny car. Cassius, a 4th grader, drew this cute dog complete with feet sticking up in the back. Too funny!

My Favorite Drawing Products for 2012

Some may think there’s no big difference between brands of markers and papers for kids, but I’ve learned better. My search this year for cartoon drawing tools that would bring the best results led me to the combination of Stabilo Markers and Artist’s Loft Drawing paper. The markers are amazing as they have fat tips that … Read More

Mini Matisse Painting

Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of color and organic shapes. You can see his painting that inspired me HERE.  1. Miniature canvases (3″x3″) and easels are available at Aaron Brothers stores and jerrysartarama online. Use a pencil to lightly draw lines on the canvas in the style of any Mondrain painting.  2. Using Sharpie Brush Tip Markers, color the light colors … Read More

Mini Mondrain Sharpie Painting

Piet Mondrian was a compulsive Dutch artist who could never bear to see anything disordered or untidy. It’s not difficult to see that in his artwork, which you can see HERE.  1. Miniature canvases (3″x3″) and easels are available at Aaron Brothers stores and jerrysartarama online. Use a pencil to lightly draw lines on the canvas in the style of any Mondrain painting.  … Read More

Mini Diamond Kandinsky Painting

Imagine the fun of giving your friends a Kandinsky masterpiece – made by you of course. These are too fun and easy to give to everyone on your list.  1. Miniature canvases (2″x4″, 3″x3″) and easels are available at Aaron Brothers stores and jerrysartarama online. 2. Use a pencil to lightly draw two lines on the canvas, evenly … Read More

Mini Kandinsky Masterpiece

I was excited to find these mini canvases and easels online at jerrysartarama, but I noticed that Aaron Brothers sells them now too. At any rate, they are perfect for a little “Mini Masterpiece” project. And Kandinsky’s circle painting is perfect for even very young ones to imitate. 1. Mini canvases come in all different sizes … Read More

Dimensional Magic Mod Podge

Here’s another new craft product that I’ve been turned on to, courtesy of Michaels and their 2012 Holiday Preview they invited me to last month. It’s called Dimensional Magic Mod Podge, and it looks like just glue until it dries, then “wow!”   1. Follow the steps posted in my “Creativity and Michaels Stores” post to … Read More

Creativity & Michaels Stores

Last month, fourteen bloggers and I were invited by Michaels to their 2012 Holiday Showcase in Dallas. We were all in arts and crafts heaven, spending time with Jo Pearson (above), Michael’s creative expert and judge of TLC’s “Craft Wars”, and previewing some of the coolest new products around. But most of all, we learned that … 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

Lettering on Acetate

My afterschool students practiced their lettering with acetate tracings, mounted to photo backgrounds.   1. I printed out this quote “Every Child is an Artist’ using Fink Gothic typeface, graying the lines to make the tracing more readable. Students placed a sheet of acetate over it and traced the letters with a black permanent marker. 2. Sharpie … Read More

Hundertwasser Portrait on Sticks

I’m hooked on the Vienna artist Hundertwasser, so I thought I would try combining his style with my popsicle portrait project. I think his art has a kind of layered marker look to it so it seemed like a good match. 1. It seems that Hundertwasser had a real aversion to straight lines, so I thought … Read More

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