PreK Painting, Little Birdies
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Young painters, like preK and kinders, need to explore with paint, but I think they enjoy making recognizable shapes as well. These little birds are easy to draw, and have an added … Read More

Color Mixing with Sharpies
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Did you know that you can actually blend colors with Sharpies? And that you can do this particularly well with brush Sharpies on canvas? Here’s one of my projects from my “Sharpie … 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 who had a difficult life. He came to be widely admired for … 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. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with … Read More

Collaborative Hearts on Canvas
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Looking for a collaborative project that creates a colorful, finished work of art? Try my favorite combo of Sharpies on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas and you are guaranteed … 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

Valentine Tissue Paper Flowers
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This technique for making tissue paper flowers is not new, but I have a new appreciation for its simplicity. If your students have had an overload of 2D work lately, try this … 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 to thank you so much for the brilliant tree project. I did … 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

Flying Heart Balloons
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My goal with this flying heart balloon painting was to keep things really simple so kids could experiment with their wet-on-wet painting. This fourth grader, Lola, did an impeccable job, using the … Read More

Color Mixing Hearts
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There are times when it is good to plan with a pencil, and then there are times when you just need to draw with a brush. You can’t go wrong with these … Read More

Mini Canvas Art
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I brought back one of my favorites, mini canvas art, for an after school class today. Mini canvases, brush Sharpies and homemade craft stick easels. My lesson was about making art with … 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

Reader’s Year of the Rooster Mural
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This just in, a finished “Chinese New Year of the Rooster” mural from Alison, a teacher. She opted to use an acrylic paint mixed with a soft gel medium to add some … Read More

Ceramic Textured Fish
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This ceramic textured fish project turned out to be a great way to guarantee even kinders make sturdy creations in clay. The solution was to give each student a slab of clay … 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 heart. MATERIALS • Multimedia or card stock paper, square • Pencil • … Read More

Ceramic Heart Bowls
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The Dollar Tree store scores again. Some ceramic heart bowls seen on Pinterest started my search for rounded plastic bowls to use as forms. The only problem was that bowls all had … Read More

Cake Collage
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Try finding a stationary store that is willing to donate damaged specialty paper for a real treat in supplies. This is the image that started it all. I was volunteering in my … 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

Be My Valentine Painting
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This Valentine painting was inspired by a simple stock art drawing. I think it would make the beginning of a great story, given it’s a flying cat, holding a heart for someone. … 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 and download Liberty Bell line drawing MATERIALS • Cardstock paper • Oil … 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 one of my murals together today, and shared the results. Isn’t it … Read More

President’s Day Painting Project
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So it turns out that a coffee filter, Sharpie and watercolor paint can make a pretty great President’s Day painting project. You can even try some shading by adding an extra layer … Read More

How to Draw Martin Luther King
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I put my portrait drawing skills to the test today to see if I show students how to draw Martin Luther King, hopefully with a decent resemblance. The kids did a great … 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 how neatly they colored it and put it together. (Also, would love … 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

Terrarium Painting
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Here’s how to make a terrarium painting, which is a pretty AND educational lesson for studying plant life. I’ve used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in the … Read More

Textured Ceramic Box
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Wouldn’t this textured ceramic box make a wonderful Valentine gift? It’s just one of the amazing clay projects in my friend’s ebook, “Create with Clay”. I’m sharing some snapshots of this project … 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 a Rooster Head” tutorial, which lets young artists just focus on their … 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 on Saturday, January 28th. This mural is drawn and colored with the … 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

Old Fashioned Winter House
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Old buildings are the stuff of storytelling, so this Old Fashioned Winter House is a perfect for young students this time of year. This painting was made by a kinder student named … 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 combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill … 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

Snowy Winter Silhouette Painting
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I am still struck by how bright these winter silhouette paintings came out, this one by a third grader. I honestly think it comes from upgrading my tempera paint to something better … Read More

Snowflake Painting
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Here’s a simple snowflake painting project that was inspired by an illustration on a stock art website. I’ve found some amazing ideas at istockphoto.com and shutterstock.com, and gettyimages.com, just to name a … 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

Watercolor Resist Snowflake Art
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This watercolor resist snowflake art is easy to create with laser-cut wood decorations that are found at craft stores. They make perfect crayon rubbing material because they are so decorative, yet perfectly … 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 piece of art? Or coloring three layers to see what happens? Many … Read More

Clay Snowman
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This clay snowman is made with holes in his body so real twigs can be inserted when he (or she) is finished. I’ve learned to really appreciate white ceramic projects as they … 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

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 candles and then breaking up the background for a faux stained glass … 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

Draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
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I’ve made a tutorial on how to draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which I believe keeps his cute details, while keeping him as simple as possible to draw. That said, I … Read More

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