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 the coffee filters and watercolors never fail to amaze me with their … Read More

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 simulate the look of cracked wax and color by working with crayons … 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 good watercolor paper and sprinkle salt to add more texture. Brush it … 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 close and personal and fills your page. The shapes are still simple … 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 bark edges of a tree, but needs to be done neatly for … 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 project plays with the idea, and need not follow any perspective rules. … 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 split my primary mixing lessons into three separate classes, and this one … 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 texture to your art will open up all kinds of new possibilities. … 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 the entire body with a white crayon to show the glow. MATERIALS … 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 color will look extra pretty against the matte paint colors. PREP • … 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 card stock paper and you have all the makings of a beautiful … 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 art camp kids tomorrow. The only catch is that I didn’t account … 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 fundraiser happens each fall, I try to work ahead and line up … 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 drawing is a great example, and thus a good beginner project. • … 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 paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Paint brush and water • Ultra … 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 who works regularly with the seniors, planned this project that I hear … 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 allowed for drawing one side and then tracing the other so they … 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 about root systems as well. If you can afford it, real watercolor … 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 time of year. This project has been on my keeper list for … 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 year. If you simplify the clothes, it really helps students concentrate on … 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 sweetness comes from the fact that you can easily see the face … 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 did an amazing job. The key is having the guide lines shown … 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 childlike paintings. MATERIALS • Drawing or multi-media paper, 9″ x 12″ or … 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 really relate to. (Check out the video on the Picture Book page … 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 project plays with the idea, and need not follow any perspective rules. … 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 them sit on plastic canvas mesh while painting and drying, so sometimes … 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. MATERIALS Watercolor or multimedia paper Liquid watercolor paint (I prefer the Sargent brand) Heart … 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 color wheel. Start with a circle and add just few bird features … 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 and topped with glitter paint. I diagrammed on the board how to … 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 tribute to his native village of Vitebsk. In order to have students … 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 CD case as well. MATERIALS • Old CD case, 1/4″ thick version … 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 template below, trace onto a flattened coffee filter, and paint with gray … 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 Penny. You can even try some shading by adding an extra layer … 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 draw. MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Sharpie, black • Liquid watercolor paint … 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 water to watercolor paper, they leave behind the most amazing swirly winter … 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 edges of a tree, but needs to be done neatly for maximum … 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 like to offer my older students some more creative ideas on how … 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 painting has some added depth in the sky because the swirl lines … 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 really pop. One quick and easy solution for kinders and up is … 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 tracing work, but still has room for artistic additions like landscaping and … 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 paper is perfect for tracing, painting and crumbling, as in making “old” … 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 they are just plain BOLD. And the lighter ones are certainly a … 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 Sharpie marker, and then paint the background with liquid watercolor paint. PREP: … 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 the eyes, one of which needed to be going off the page. … 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 a haunted house would be a good subject matter because of all … 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 students as well. It combines Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” face with some … 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. I adore them and am putting this project on my keeper list. … 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 draw themselves in stick figure form. The drawing is traced with a … Read More

Miro on Coffee Filters
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If you’ve ever painted on a flat coffee filter, you’ll know how fun it is to watch the color seep and spread and grow. That’s what got me started with trying to … Read More

Visual Art Instructions
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Here is my experiment in diagramming art instructions. Maybe visual projects need visual instructions? It would be interesting to truly test different approaches and see which gets the better overall comprehension. For … Read More

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