Easy Dog Drawing
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I sometimes give my young kinder and 1st grade students a template to trace for the first step of a … Read More

Symmetrical Drawing
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I actually ran out of drawing paper recently and tried out this food wrap (dry wax paper) that was left … Read More

Japanese Fan Painting
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If you need a Japanese-themed art project, this works well even for kinders. In fact, I love the “wobbly” lines of … Read More

Japanese Carp Wind Sock
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Carp windsocks decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children’s Day. I love these inexpensive … Read More

Tallest Ice Cream Cone
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If you want to encourage kids to draw tall shapes, it helps to have paper cut to match. MATERIALS • … Read More

Draw a Ladybug
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Drawing a page of ladybugs couldn’t be much easier if you start with a circle template. Draw with a permanent black marker … Read More

Painted Light Switch Plates
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When your fridge and walls are already filled with your child’s art, have them paint your light switch plates. MATERIALS … Read More

How To Draw King Tut
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Here’s a combo make in art heaven — gold tempera and a King Tut painting project. Works great for history … Read More

Schulton Landscape
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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

Wild Things Monster Painting
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When you inspire young artists with the classic “Where the Wild Things Are” book, you get some really fun and … Read More

Koi Fish Painting
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This Koi fish painting project has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest since it went up years … Read More

Watercolor Still Life
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Try this abstract watercolor still life when you want young artists to learn about overlapping shapes. If they paint the … Read More

Mother Giraffe and Baby Painting
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I wish I could draw like this little girl does. Nola is only in kindergarten, and everything she does just … Read More

Super Simple Bug Painting
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This super simple bug painting is great for really young artists. You can’t get much simpler or cuter that this. … Read More

Elephant Drawing Tutorial
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I like how this tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing part of an elephant. MATERIALS • … Read More

Bumblebee Watercolor Painting
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This Bumblebee watercolor painting was inspired by a stock art image. I like how the black permanent marker guarantees crisp … Read More

Art Journaling and Tea Bags
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Some of my favorite art journal pages I’ve seen just have a sense of freedom to them. The paper can … Read More

Painting Flowers
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Students first “draw” the flowers with their paint brushes, and then trace the edges afterward. My other projects almost always … Read More

Painting with Pre-Kinders
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Teaching color mixing with a large Pre-Kinder class is no small task. This week they layered red on blue to … Read More

Watercolor Sheep Painting
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Here’s a simple sheep painting project, with bodies made of crayons, and then a painted background. The crayons will resist … Read More

Easy Cityscape Painting
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If you team up a tempera cityscape painting with a fat black marker, it makes for a fun and bold … Read More

Draw a Shamrock
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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve made a tutorial of how to draw a Shamrock. If you can draw … Read More

Draw a Caterpillar
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Here’s a little tip on how to draw a caterpillar with very “squishy” sections. I saw it in a book … Read More

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Watercolor Birch Trees
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This Watercolor Birch Tree project uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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

Mixing Colors for a Fall Leaf
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There is no digital replacement for mixing colors for a fall leaf painting, and I was reminded again how much … Read More

Sharpie Winter Landscape
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To wrap up my Sharpie Blog Roll, here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that I found works well for … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turkey
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For something new, draw a cartoon turkey and then make up a funny story about him or her. This guy … Read More

Veterans Day Poppy Painting
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Veterans Day, Nov. 11th, is the day our country sets aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably … Read More

Koi Fish Watercolor Project
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This Koi fish watercolor project has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest since it went up a … Read More

How to Paint a Pumpkin
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Here is a look at my how to paint a pumpkin instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies
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My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black … Read More

Paint A Crankenstein
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To learn how to paint a Crankenstein, you must first read Samantha Berger’s book on how you might spot such … Read More

Drawing Witch Feet
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I found this drawing witch feet idea in some stock art Halloween illustrations. It offers colorful seasonal fun, and some … Read More

How to Draw a Haunted House
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When students learn how to draw a haunted house, they can practice their architectural drawing while changing just a few … Read More

Halloween Cat Painting
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This Halloween cat painting has a pretty high cute factor, and is easy to draw too. It is also very … Read More

Tree Silhouette Art
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This tree silhouette art is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they … Read More

Draw a Cat Face
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In my search for some new art ideas, I found an extreme close up of a black cat face that … Read More

Bat Painting, Silhouettes on Coffee Filters
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A fun way to make a bat painting as the permanent marker makes it easy to draw and color, and … Read More

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