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

Fundraiser Painting for Little Artists

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I tried one more watercolor project with my T-K class this week, one that I wanted to be successful with as many students as possible for our school’s art fundraiser. Many are still just learning their alphabet, so I made a page with the letters and grid printed very lightly so that they could just concentrate … Read More

Sara’s Cartoon Faces

I had so much fun watching all these faces come to life in my Cartoon Class this afternoon. I saw many students, from kinder through 5th grade, make drawings full of character and charm. Every week I’m loving more and more how the funky cartoon distortions of things are a great match for children just learning … Read More

Glowing Cat Eyes

These glowing cat eyes are made from blending a few layers of pencil crayons. White on the bottom, then yellow, and for those interested in more detail, a bit of brown. Please note though, that the average pencil crayon and black construction paper won’t deliver these results. The projects works best on black art paper with … 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

Collage Name Card

Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name. SESSION ONE 1. Cut enough 9″ x 12″ drawing paper into fourths measuring 4.5″ x 6″ to furnish each student with one page for each letter in their … Read More

Paper Mache Owl

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I have to say that new art products available today sometimes make all the difference. These owls were decorated with poster markers and they just kind of came to life in little hands. Detailed eyes, feathers, patterns and more kept the kids engaged in their creations much longer than usual. Here’s an overview of the four … Read More

Recycled Rooster

Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat” is perfect and actually the inspiration for this project. 1. Most 1st graders have trouble drawing large sizes, so I made templates for them to trace. They just … Read More

Kandinsky Leaves

Here’s an idea for mixing art history with the season, filling in a leaf drawing with Kandinsky-style circles. I followed my leaf drawing lesson HERE, and then used these great crayons that Prang let me sample. They are called Color Wands, are a pleasure to color with, and keep little fingers from getting really messy. I … Read More

Clover’s Doodle Bird Drawing

I’m trying to encourage my students to do more doodle drawing, which I define as just very simple shapes that may be random or may make a picture. The goal is simply for them to have fun, and work independently. I’m not against helping someone who is struggling, but some students turn asking for help into … Read More

Student Gallery of Murals

I’d like to thank Ms. Sterling’s 5th and 6th grade class at Orangevale Adventist School for sharing their amazing artwork with me. They have used my murals for the past three years with these beautiful results. The finished art is mounted on a canvas with Modge Podge before hanging them in the art room (which looks … Read More

Plastic Bag Paper Mache Pumpkin

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This pumpkin is made from about 40 plastic grocery bags, some Saran wrap, 3 rubber bands, newspaper, paper towel and mache, topped off with a beautiful new orange glitter paint I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I’m so excited to have found this beautiful way to recycle plastic grocery bags. Plastic Bag Pumpkin Tutorial 1. Collect about … Read More

My Favorite First Kinder Project

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This is still my favorite first project for kinder classes. As a warm up, “Little Green” by Keith Baker has beautiful illustrations of a hummingbird flying in zig-zags, loop-de-loops, and various patterns across the pages. 1. Start with a large sheet of paper and a thick black marker. Students draw a zig-zag line from edge to … Read More

Hundertwasser Style Portrait

Here’s project that asks students to see themselves in a very abstract way, and creates a colorful display most teachers appreciate for their classrooms. Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had an amazing life, along with a very appealing style of abstract drawing. Click here to read more about him. 1. Start with a 9″ x 12″ paper, … Read More

Line Art Portrait eBook

I’ve made a collection of portrait faces that have their background erased, for black and white doodling fun. It’s great for fine motor skill practice, and is a good example of contrast when complete. My pdf file includes a thumbnail page, followed by ten pages of faces: 5 women, 4 men and one child. You can … Read More

Mosaic Floor in Dallas

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So I am on my way back to LA from my Whitney Hills Art Retreat in Tennessee. The bad news is that it is taking a while, but the good news is that there is plenty of beautiful flooring to look at as I try to catch connecting flights in Dallas. This image is my favorite, … Read More

Fauve Portraits

The primary mission of Fauve artists in the late 1800’s was to work with vibrant and unnatural color. Van Gogh, Gauguin and other artists wanted their art to be new and modern, much like the technology that was developing around them. 1. If your budget permits, give each student a canvas panel to work with – they really … Read More

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