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

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

Draw a Wrap Snake

This snake made for a fun drawing in my afterschool class recently. I made a plan for drawing the snake on top of a branch, and then erasing the parts that wouldn’t show. It guarantees that the snake segments will all line up with each other. 1. Follow the diagram above to draw a snake in … Read More

Op Art Swirl

Op Art is a math-themed form of abstract art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create optical effects. 1. The students make a dot somewhere near the middle of the paper. They draw four or five sets of wavy “triangle” shapes radiating outward. The shapes need to be done in pairs for the … 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

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