Paint a Terrarium
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Here’s how to paint a terrarium, which is a pretty AND educational lesson for studying plant life. I’ve used it … Read More

NEW! Mini Master Murals 2
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This Mini Mural Set consists of three smaller versions of these popular murals: “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “Red Room” by … Read More

Cubism / Block Heads
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Here’s another project that I want to bring back this fall, hopefully with old grocery bags so there is a … Read More

Camouflaged Hands
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Here’s an idea I tried awhile back when students were learning about camouflage. I loved that they had a chance … Read More

Mona Lisa Coffee Filter Portrait
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It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Start with liquid watercolor paints, and paint on … Read More

Draw a Monkey
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I think a monkey tutorial is long overdue, especially as their faces are really made of some simple, symmetrical shapes … Read More

Edward Hopper Tutorial
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Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was a prominent American realist painter. He was a skilled  watercolorist who is now famous … Read More

Nelson Mandela Mural
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Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, … Read More

Favorite Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not … Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mural
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I am happy to post my newest mural, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as requested by some of my Catholic followers. … Read More

How to Draw a Giraffe
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Follow my tutorial to learn how to draw a giraffe, and then finish it off with watercolors and oil pastels. … Read More

How to Draw a Dandelion
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Practice your fine marker skills with this how to draw a dandelion project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a … Read More

How to Draw the Statue of Liberty
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I created this How to Draw the Statue of Liberty tutorial for kinders, who study US symbols in the spring … Read More

NEW Patterned Hands Project
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If your students enjoyed my Warm Hands project, then they probably will like this one too. My pdf file includes … Read More

Draw a Baby Chick
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Here’s a Baby Chick drawing tutorial that I tried earlier this year, and found to work really well with my … Read More

DAD Card Template
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As one of my favorite card projects, I’ve posted this before but never with a template that I thought some … Read More

Draw a Viking Ship
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Studying Viking life, by chance? I made a step-by-step tutorial for drawing a ship, with their trademark curves and striped … Read More

Draw a Midieval Castle
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There are many ways to draw a castle. Here’s one with a fairy tale quality to it. MATERIALS View and … Read More

Draw an Asian House
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For the students who find they really like to draw houses, here’s how to draw one with an Asian influence. … Read More

Draw Captain America
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It’s fun to tie drawing lessons into current movies, if you can. Here’s one way to draw a young looking … Read More

Dutch Windmills
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This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border … 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 … Read More

More Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache … Read More

Statue of Liberty Portrait
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Kinders at my school are studying US symbols, so I’ve been working on drawing and painting the Statue of Liberty … Read More

Giraffe Painting Preview
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I tried a new giraffe painting project today. It worked out so well that I can’t wait to post it … Read More

Starting Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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Time for one last paper mache project after school. Here’s a photo that explains how these ice cream cones are … Read More

How to Draw Elsa
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Sometimes you just have to add a little pop culture to your lessons. At least that’s what a few of … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turtle
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The big eyes on this turtle help make him (or her!) pretty cute. I believe this tutorial is best for … Read More

Draw a Standing Bear
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This bear has a fictional look to it, great for turning into a character for one reason or another. • … Read More

Positive and Negative Circles
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I’ve experimented a lot with Scratch Art papers, but haven’t found a project I really like until now. This uses … Read More

Easy Bumblebee Collage
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Here’s what I would call a kinder and first grade version of my Bumblebee project. I think it’s a good … Read More

Elephant Tutorial
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As promised, a pdf tutorial on how to draw an Elephant. There are lots of round, overlapping shapes here so … Read More

Geometric Bumblebees
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I tried this little formula for a bumblebee collage with my kinders last year, and they did a great job. … Read More

Tropical Fish Painting
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You can mix up your underwater watercolor painting projects by putting a tropical twist to things. I like that this … Read More

Painting a Cloudy Sky
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Last week, fourth graders learned how to make watercolor clouds after they painted a bald eagle. 1. The drawing was … Read More

NEW Statue of Liberty Tutorial
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Here’s a simplified version of my Statue of Liberty tutorial, which I tried out with my first graders last week. … Read More

Draw a Lighthouse
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Straight from my afterschool Drawing Class today, here’s how to draw a night time lighthouse. Thanks to Edith, a kinder, … Read More

Mini Circle Painting
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Today my after school students painted with acrylics on unstretched canvas, which will become journal covers next week. I gave … Read More

Caribbean House
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Houses in the US are pretty tame in design and color, but island communities are often very colorful and decorative. … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and being the big doodle fan that I am, I thought having … Read More

Amazing Seahorses
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Kinders in my district learn about “amazing animals” around this time of year.That’s the perfect time for a seahorse watercolor … Read More

How to Draw a Rocket
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This rocket may be a little on the old-timey side, but a good place to start if you are interested … Read More

Draw a Labrador Puppy
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For the young animal lover – a Labrador tutorial. All you need are some big ears and paws and that … Read More

Clay Owls, by 1st Graders
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These clay owls were formed around student’s thumbs, which made them easy to hold and safer to fire. This tray … Read More

NEW! Earth Day Countryside Mural
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Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. My latest mural offers a colorful countryside layout, with lots of … Read More

Ceramic Cupcakes for Kinders
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My kinders have started their ceramic cupcakes this week. I was reminded again how perfect this project is for them, … Read More

Schulten Inspired Painting
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Ton Schulton is a Dutch landscape artist, known for his amazing color work. I wish I knew who first thought … Read More

Watercolor Terrarium
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Here’s how to make a watercolor terrarium painting, which is a pretty AND educational lesson for studying plant life. I’ve … Read More

Sharpie Foil Magnets
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If you are like me and never threw away the rejected magnets from school art fundraisers, here’s one idea for … Read More

Draw a Koala
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The only thing cuter than a koala is a koala and a baby. This drawing may look pretty detailed, but … Read More

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