Father’s Day Scratch Art
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This is my favorite way for students to make a scratch art picture, first a black marker drawing, then layers … Read More

Organic Matisse Shapes
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An overlapping lesson with Matisse-like shapes makes a colorful drawing exercise. Matisse didn’t start painting until he was about 20 … Read More

Draw a Cow Face
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This how to cow face drawing was inspired by a funny painting I found in a home decor catalog. MATERIALS • … 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 … 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 … Read More

Van Gogh Iris Mural from Canada
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This amazing Van Gogh Iris mural comes from Coral Schober in Ontario, Canada. She’s a volunteer Art Image Teacher at … 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 … Read More

Theibaud Cake Mural
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Wayne Thiebaud is an American artist best known for his paintings of cakes in light pastel shades. I exaggerated the … 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 … Read More

Scratch Art Paper
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You don’t have to buy expensive scratch art paper. If you have some good oil pastels, you can make your … Read More

Draw a Clown
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My clown tutorial seems to be pretty popular over at Pinterest, so here is an update. My recommendation? Start with … Read More

Kandinsky Circles with Oil Pastels
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Kandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s. His “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun and … Read More

Celebrate Black History with W. H. Johnson
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In celebration of Black History month, I’ve created this mural in the style of William H. Johnson (1901-1970), a very talented painter … Read More

Watercolor Resist Hearts
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These watercolor resist hearts use rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. … 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 … Read More

Klimt Tree of Life from Kuwait
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This amazing work of art comes all the way from the Middle East. Kristen D. wrote, “Hello, I just wanted … 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 … Read More

Cubist Heart
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If you know how to tint and shade with oil pastels, then try testing your skills on this Cubist style … Read More

Liberty Bell Art
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To honor it’s history, here’s a Liberty Bell art project that uses sgraffito, an ancient scratch art technique. • View … Read More

Student MLK mural art from the Bronx
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Thank you to Ms. Serre and Ms. March’s fourth grade class from PS11 in the Bronx, NY. They quickly put … Read More

Collaborative Martin Luther King Mural
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A reader shared this collaborative Martin Luther King mural photo awhile back, and it’s one of my favorites. I’m amazed … Read More

How to Draw a Rooster Head
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In honor of the Chinese New Year that kicks off on Jan. 28, I have created this “How to Draw … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural 2017
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My new Chinese New Year Mural 2017 celebrates the Year of the Rooster. The first day of the New Year is … Read More

Negative Space Tree
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This negative space tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the … 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 … Read More

Scratch Art with Oil Pastels
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Making scratch art with oil pastels can be rather basic, but have you tried making different color combos on one … 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 … Read More

Candle Card
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A candle card works well for the holidays as so many religions use them to celebrate. This is simply drawing … Read More

More Witch Hat Scratch Art
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My students have been making these Witch Hat Scratch Art images all week. And as I mentioned before, I’ve learned … Read More

Witch Hat Scratch Art
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I love how this witch hat scratch art pushes students to color heavily. It takes two coats of coloring to … 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 … Read More

Draw a Fall Tree
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To learn how to draw a fall tree, try thinking of it as a series of branches, and not just … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo
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A few key features will help you learn how to draw Frida Kahlo like a pro. She was a Mexican … Read More

Abstract Art Cat
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Turn a simple drawing into an Abstract Art Cat by just dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. … Read More

How to Draw a Pumpkin
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There are many “How to Draw a Pumpkin” tutorials out there. This is my take on what I would share … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing, Kandinsky Style
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Here’s a maple leaf drawing idea that uses colors, Kandinsky-style. Kandinsky was one of the first artists to make abstract … Read More

Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows
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Vincent Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows, shows a dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows over a wheat field. The … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait
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This Modigliani self portrait project seems to work surprisingly well every time I try it. Something about the distortion frees … Read More

Seasonal Tree Mural
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My Seasonal Tree mural can be adjusted to follow the seasons throughout the year. After a large tree is completed, … Read More

Chuck Close Collaborative Mural
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Chuck Close is an American artist known for his super large patterned portraits. I created this mural template with a … Read More

Oil Pastel Kimono
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Studying the culture from other countries offers a a new perspective on common items such as clothing.   MATERIALS • … Read More

Simple Landscape
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LLearning perspective starts with noticing that the closer objects are, the bigger they appear. If students draw a simple landscape … Read More

Self Portraits, Modigliani Style
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This Modigliani self portrait project seems to work surprisingly well every time I try it. Something about the distortion frees … Read More

Valentine’s Day Murals
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My collaborative Valentine’s Day Murals make fun signs for classrooms and parties. Purchase the PDF file for just $5 and … Read More

Oil Pastel Heart
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This oil pastel heart project actually did triple duty last year: continued the student’s study of warm and cool colors, … Read More

Poinsettia Art
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Make some pretty poinsettia art by just tearing shapes from tissue paper. The torn shapes just naturally look a lot … Read More

Cubism Costume
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Here’s a reposting of one of my favorite costumes from a few years back. It may be better for posing … Read More

Easy Kinder Painting
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I’ve tried many projects for new kinders over the past ten years, and this is now my favorite. It’s simply … Read More

Fall Leaf Painting Project
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Colorful leaves and a black background will make a lovely fall leaf painting project. If you are lucky, you can … Read More

Circle Oil Pastel Sun
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If I’ve learned one thing about oil pastels, it’s that the best results come from working with very simple shapes. … Read More

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