Batik Pumpkin Art
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This batik pumpkin art is meant to imitate the real thing, a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can … Read More

Easy Snowflake Art with Paint and Paper
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Here is one way to make easy snowflake art with paint and paper. Try blending several shades of blue on … Read More

How To Draw a Fish, Close Up
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I created this How to Draw a Fish tutorial to illustrate how dynamic art can be when it is up … Read More

Torn Winter Tree Art
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This winter tree art landscape makes use of a simple idea, namely that torn paper looks a lot like the … Read More

Overlapping Art, with Architecture
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One of the steps to go from drawing flat landscapes to ones with depth is to create overlapping art. This … Read More

Mixing Colors with Little Artists
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Show students how mixing colors can be so much more fun than just painting a color wheel. I opted to … Read More

Fall Leaf Art
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You can make a pretty leaf art project with just some paper towels, glue and paint. Learning how to add … Read More

Lightning Bug Painting
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This second grader did a great job making this little lightening bug painting today. I love the way she outlined … Read More

How to Draw an Owl
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Learn how to draw an owl, and then finish it of with some pretty paint and metallic markers. Their shimmery … Read More

Coffee Filter Trees
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It turns out that it’s easy and inexpensive to make some amazing coffee filter trees. Put them on some nice … Read More

Paper Plate Flower
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I was totally inspired by this Paper Plate Flowers project at Pink Stripey Socks and have it planned for my … Read More

Kinder’s First Art Project
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As summer winds down, I’m starting to plan for the first few weeks of school. Given that our big art … Read More

Draw a Big Head Cat
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After years of practice, I’ve learned that simple symmetrical shapes work best for the youngest of artists. This cute cat … Read More

Dandelion Painting
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This dandelion painting uses bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking out a puffy white flower. MATERIALS • Watercolor … Read More

Veteran Flag from Georgia
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In honor of Memorial Day, here’s one of my favorite posts from a few years ago. Claire L., a volunteer … Read More

Symmetrical Watercolor Kimonos
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Students used sandwich wrap paper to draw symmetrical kimono shapes, and then finished with liquid watercolor paint. The transparent tissue … Read More

Veggie Painting
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Here’s a vegetable painting idea I found over at Artsonia.com. It’s great way to make a pretty painting and learn … Read More

Mister Seahorse
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Eric Carle’s wonderful book “Mister Seahorse” is perfect for kinders that are studying amazing animals, such as mine are this … Read More

Easy Statue of Liberty Tutorial
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I created this easy Statue of Liberty tutorial for 1st graders, who study US symbols in the spring of each … Read More

Painting a Peacock
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I loved this approach to painting a peacock as soon as I saw it at That Artist Woman’s blog. I think the … Read More

How to Draw a Bald Eagle
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Are your students studying American symbols? I tried this Bald Eagle drawing out with first graders last week, and they … Read More

Green Monsters
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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

Creative Writing Portraits
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I found an amazing artist and illustrator, Nate Williams, who has a very childlike style that I think students will … Read More

Overlapping Buildings
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One of the steps to go from drawing flat landscapes to ones with depth is to create overlapping art. This … Read More

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts
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If you paint and cut out coffee filters, you just might get some really pretty Valentine cards. My students let … Read More

Color Wheel Heart
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Combine a color lesson with Valentine’s Day and you may end up with a very pretty card too. Try skipping … Read More

Mixing Colors with Little Birdies
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This lesson on mixing colors is one of my ‘keeper” kinder projects, so much more fun than painting a boring … Read More

Watercolor Jewels
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Here’s what my Art Trading Card students did last week, a series of jewel shapes that were painted with watercolor … Read More

Chagall Surrealism Painting
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Marc Chagall, one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, created many paintings that were a dreamlike, surreal … Read More

Jasper Johns Number Painting
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I created this Jasper Johns number painting so students could make a miniature version of his, and recycle an old … Read More

Martin Luther King Silhouette
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Here’s a start to a MLK project that children can customize however they want. It begins with coffee filter, template … Read More

George Washington Quarter
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As a followup to the Penny Project, here is a template for making a George Washington Quarter. Just download the … Read More

President’s Day Penny
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So it turns out that a coffee filter, Sharpie and watercolor paint can make a pretty realistic looking President’s Day … Read More

Victorian House
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This old-fashioned Victorian House is the stuff of storytelling. It’s tall shape and old windows are fun for children to … Read More

Bleeding Tissue Paper Skies
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This was such a fun bleeding tissue paper discovery. Turns out if you cut small squares, and apply them with … Read More

Winter Tree Landscape
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This winter tree landscape makes use of a simple idea, namely that torn paper looks a lot like the bark … Read More

Nutcrackers with Fancy Patterns
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You wouldn’t believe what a little gold can do for a painting. These nutcrackers looked nice when painted with tempera … Read More

Santa Bear in Tempera Paint
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This Santa Bear is a great project for those as young as kinder or so. The simple shapes allow for … Read More

Draw Fancy Nutcrackers
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I’ve found that drawing fancy nutcrackers are a great body proportion lesson, not to mention practice in symmetry, but I’d … Read More

Snowy City Night Painting
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This snowy city night painting uses of the less talked about watercolor techniques for shading color. This Starry Night inspired … Read More

Fall Tempera Landscape Painting
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A fall tempera landscape painting can make some vivid colors, but there’s nothing like a dark outline to make shapes … Read More

Mayflower Map
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  This Mayflower Map would be a good follow up to a history lesson. It requires some fine motor skill … Read More

Map Tracing
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I’ve found another use for my supply of dry wax paper, which is my staple for canvas portrait art. The … Read More

Student Halloween Silhouettes
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Here are a few 3rd grade examples of my Halloween Silhouette project. I think I love them so much because … Read More

Halloween Silhouette
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My newest, most favorite Halloween project. Students draw a silhouette on a large coffee filter, fill it in with a … Read More

Draw a Monster, Super Close up Style
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Quite possibly the world’s simplest how to draw a monster project. Students used a roll of masking tape to draw … Read More

Home Brewed Haunted House
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Instant coffee makes a great paint that is inexpensive and the perfect brown for this time of year. I thought … Read More

The Scream and Blow Painting
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This Scream art project was shared from Washington Elementary School in Michigan, and it was a huge hit with my … Read More

Aura Paintings
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So here are two first grade paintings from my “Stick Person” project, now renamed (thank you Ms. B!) Aura Paintings. … Read More

Stick Drawing Painting
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Say yes to stick figures for a day, and let students just concentrate on their fine motor painting skills. Students … Read More

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