Glue Painting
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Here is a 4th graders finished work from my Black Glue Painting class. Students “drew” on acetate with black glue … Read More

Dancing Haring Figures
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More possibilities for coffee filters and liquid watercolor paints, this time as an ode to artist Keith Haring. PREP: Use … 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 … 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 … Read More

Kinder Trees
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Kinders are learning about trees at my school, so I created this lesson that lets them paint one, roots and … Read More

Cardinal Painting
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This cardinal painting was a favorite with parents when it was used for a art fundraiser project this year. The … Read More

Easy Kinder Painting
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I’ve tried many projects for new kinders over the past ten years, and this is now my favorite. It’s simply … Read More

Patterned Owl
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I made this owl project today for my very young after school artists (mostly kinder and 1st graders). They did … Read More

Black Glue Painting
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I’ve been having fun experimenting with black glue painting on acetate. What I have learned so far is that black … Read More

Rodrigue Blue Dog
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George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in … Read More

Stained Glass Painting
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  Well, maybe not glass exactly, but painted acetate doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. At any rate, … Read More

3D Miro Painting
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Joan Miro was a Spanish painter who made very child like paintings. He often used some very simple shapes that … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill … Read More

Top Three Pinned Art Projects
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I barely remember days before Pinterest, but I do recall hours at my local library and the inevitable fines for … Read More

Paint like Miro
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Joan Miro was a Spanish painter who made very child like paintings. He often used some very simple shapes that … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial
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Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must … Read More

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

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

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

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 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

More Canvas Journals
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These journals are turning into one of my favorite projects. I’m loving how freely the kids paint when given one … 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

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

Canvas Covered Journals
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This is basically a piece of painted canvas glued to a pad of 6″ x 9″ paper with chip board … 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

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

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

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

Snail Paintings
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Kinders at my school are learning about snails, so they learned how to paint one in art class. 1. Students … Read More

Fox Painting on Newspaper
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Sometimes I find great art ideas that just aren’t easy to replicate for 25 or more students. That’s when Photoshop … Read More

Rubber Ducky
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Here’s another project born from scouring stock art illustrations. Turns out that a traced CD makes the perfect beginning to … Read More

Silver and Black Cityscapes
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Here’s a fun combination of materials that is a great example of using contrast in your art. The silver tempera … Read More

Rainbow Zebra
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Here’s one idea I use when looking for new art project ideas – searching stock art sites. This comes from … Read More

Shark!
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I found this great idea for a shark head over at Dream Big Kinders, and I knew that my first … Read More

Miro Journal Page
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Joan Miro was a Spanish artist who was famous for using some very child-like doodles in his artwork. My students … Read More

Silver Robot
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This is a fun combination to try – silver tempera and black watercolor paint. The matte look of the black … Read More

Art Tip: Big, Bold Markers
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If you love the charm of children’s drawings, here’s an idea to try sometime. When outlining their work, have students … Read More

Mila’s Monster
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I brought out monster painting for kinders last week, and I was reminded how much I love how kids draw … Read More

Bleeding Hearts
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Here’s a quick painting project that worked well for me when I had some short classes last week. I printed … Read More

Doodle Roses
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Here’s a really fun way to doodle roses, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I found the original idea posted … Read More

Valentine Trading Cards
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An art trading card is 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size and fits in a standard baseball card sleeve. They are … Read More

Purple Headed Robots
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It was time for a color mixing lesson for the pre-K kids today, so at the teacher’s request, we made … Read More

Shadows with Watercolor
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If you’d like to add shadows to your watercolor painting, you don’t have to add black, like you would with … Read More

Paint a Winter Tree
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If you paint a winter tree, you have the chance to study and draw them without any worries about leaves. … Read More

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