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

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 all. PREP: Draw and cut a trunk stencil as shown out of … 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 red and blue colors just can’t help but make a pretty image. … 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 drawing stars with oil pastels and then painting a wash of liquid … 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 really well, drawing owls of all shapes and size, filled with lots … 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 the early 1990s. I love that he painted his beloved dog in … 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 students can easily imitate to make their own Surrealist painting. MATERIALS • Miro … 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 the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. … 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 students can easily imitate to make their own Surrealist painting. MATERIALS • Miro … 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 touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera … 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 for years with kinders, when they study root systems in the spring. … 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 to be fully immersed in their art, messy hands and all. PREP: … 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 coffee filters, which hold the color amazingly well. 1. Print out one … 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 for his spare urban and rural scenes. I’ve made a simple drawing … 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. As long as they are not water-soluble, the yellow and brown combination … 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 of each year. Lady Liberty’s body and clothes would be pretty complex … 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 makes for an instant frame. My sample is drawn in pencil, traced … 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 fish has all the usual parts, just in different proportions for a … 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 made as shown on my Bald Eagle Tutorial. I used 6″ x … 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 them the option of making little circle paintings, which I have read … 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. Students can have fun with this style, especially if they are told … 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 resist project. A reading of the “Mister Seahorse” book by Eric Carle … 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 of this great approach for having students paint in his style. It’s … 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 used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in … 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 trace an old CD in the middle of a 9″ x 12″ … 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 saves the day. This fox painting looks like students recycled newspaper for … 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 this oversized duck. 1. Trace a CD in the center of a … 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 gettyimages.com, after searching for “cute animal illustrations”. This rainbow zebra was lots … 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 graders would love it. Instead of a collage though, I turned it … 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 had fun mixing and matching them to come up with their own … 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 makes the silver really stand out. 1. Multimedia paper is recommended. My … 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 use a thick, chisel tip marker instead of just a regular one. … 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 out some rows of hearts so students could trace the edges with … 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 HERE on Flickr. It’s a genius way to draw some super simple … 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 a fun alternative to the commercial valentine cards, especially if you 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 it very simple and geometric. Templates were used for the body and … 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 tempera paint. Try painting two or three layers for a deeper and … 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. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing “Y Trees” before but this … Read More

Watercolor, Salt and Snowflakes
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Here is a really simple way to add texture to a watercolor painting. Just sprinkle salt while it’s still wet and let sit for a few minutes. All kinds of cool shapes … Read More

Winter Townhouse
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Here’s an idea for a painting, a good old-fashioned winter townhouse. Architectural drawing is so much different than drawing faces and other organic shapes. I like to show students that art covers … Read More

Gingerbread House Watercolor Painting
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I saved this Gingerbread House watercolor painting project for my 2nd and 3rd graders so they could practice making a house with “form” and not just “shape”. A one-sided house has shape, … Read More

Gingerbread Boy
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If you want to spur a little more creative thinking with a gingerbread boy project, try asking students to add some clothing. Older students may also add a 3D edge to one … Read More

Abstract Watercolor Tree
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This abstract watercolor tree project will help students just concentrate on keeping paint inside simple shapes. If they start with some cardboard triangles to arrange and trace as desired, it will keep … Read More

Fall Leaf Art with Crayons and Watercolor
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For this fall leaf art project, students were asked to let crayons and paint do what they do best – make patterns and lots of bright colors. This amazing leaf was created … Read More

Step by Step Pumpkin Painting
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Here is a look at my step by step pumpkin painting instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Pattern Overlapping Snake
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Learning how to overlap shapes is the first step in making art have depth. Students start with drawing a large, overlapping snake. They fill it with crayon patterns and then watercolor paint … Read More

White Marker Drawings
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I started with one of my favorite poems, “The Wise Owl” for this 2-page spread layout. 1. I really love the look of white on dark journal pages I have been coming … Read More

Stacked Turtles
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Here’s an idea for a fun and simple turtle painting. I experimented with the value of the blue background, and decided that I liked it much better when it was lighter. It’s … Read More

School Fundraiser Art
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My school holds an art fundraiser every fall, working with a company that places the student’s art on coffee cups, notebooks, key chains, you name it. Trying to find a new project … Read More

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