Draw a Tree with Your Hand
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I saw this idea for drawing a tree on Artsonia.com, and love showing kids how lines can give dimension to their art. MATERIALS Draw a Hand Tree Tutorial (download here) Drawing paper … Read More

Zentangle Art Leaf Template
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I created this leaf template years ago, after getting inspired by some Zentangle art. Here’s a fun project when studying lines as an element of art. Below is the link to download … Read More

Draw a Skunk
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So it seems that my collection of animal tutorials was missing one certain little black and white animal. Here to correct that is how to draw a skunk. MATERIALS PDF Skunk Drawing … Read More

Legos and Self Portraits
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I have used this as a first project of the year quite often the template helps all skill levels get off to a good start, and still has lots of room for … Read More

Draw a Flower
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A fun way to show kinders how to draw a flower.  Simple shapes with a twist of adding pins between the petals. MATERIALS • Download Pin Flower PDF tutorial • Drawing paper … Read More

Draw a Britto Cat
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Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. He had a modest childhood but today is an internationally renowned pop artist. Here is how to draw a cat in his fun … Read More

Half Portrait Tutorial
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Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. I like this one as the fold line guides will force them to fill their … Read More

Beach Drawing
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A little first grader made this beach drawing years ago. I love everything about it. I thought it was time for a tutorial as it makes for a fun drawing this time … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

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 project. For this easy dog drawing, children had the head template to … Read More

Artist Trading Cards with Texture
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My favorite alternative to art texture plates is plastic embroidery mesh from the fabric store. If you buy them large and cut them up, they are pretty cheap.   MATERIALS • White … Read More

Outline Hand Drawing
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Have students start by tracing their hand, and then add all the details they can see. MATERIALS • Journal Page or Drawing Paper • Pencil • Black Sharpie, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks. MATERIALS • Journal page or drawing paper • Pencil crayon or crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. Students … Read More

Recycled Robots
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If you collect as much misc. stuff as I do, then you just might be a good candidate to make this recycled art project with your students. These robots were made over four weeks in an … 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 over from an old project. MATERIALS • Dry wax paper, 12″ x … 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 the young ones – it’s what make their art so charming.   MATERIALS … 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 precut fish made with paper that just soaks up color. They come flat … Read More

Father’s Day Scratch Art
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This is my favorite way for students to make a scratch art picture, first a black marker drawing, then layers of oil pastel on top.   MATERIALS • Card stock paper • … 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 lessons, or even an excuse to use the paint. It’s inexpensive and … Read More

Draw an Adobe Landscape
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Diversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class … 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 oozes child-like charm. Filling the space between the two heads with pink … Read More

Bug Magazine Collage
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Save your old food magazines for this bug collage project. The shiny and colorful fruit, for example, has a whole new look when viewed as bug parts. You can even mix in … Read More

Draw a Simple Cat
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Two circles get this simple cat drawing off to a good start. If you begin by tracing a roll of masking tape, kinders especially will be more likely to draw a cat … Read More

Draw Pete the Cat Tutorial
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Pete the Cat seems to have a lot of fans these days, so I thought I’d make a tutorial on how to draw him. Older students might notice that there’s a little … Read More

Earth Day Collaborative Mural
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. It’s easy to decorate if you start with my Doodle Earth Day Mural template. Print the PDF pages, color, and tape together to make … 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 • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, black • Crayons • Liquid … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Fish
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Big, overlapping eyes make almost anything look funny. Especially cartoon fish with big goofy lips. MATERIAL • Cartoon Fish PDF Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make … Read More

Student Endangered Animals Mural
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Here’s what one 4th grade class did with my Endangered Animals Mural. I love seeing art used in real classroom settings. “We used the art as a springboard to research. Thank you … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait Tutorial
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I’ve made a Modigliani self portrait tutorial in hopes that it encourages more to try it out. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing, and … Read More

Kandinsky Common Core Art
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How many art projects include art history, Common Core standards AND make something really striking? Not many, and I’ve been at this for quite awhile now. This project was inspired by Kandinsky’s … 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 be spotty and messy, headlines can go at the bottom instead of … Read More

Draw a Water Buffalo
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You just never know when you might need to draw a Water Buffalo.These guys have a look that is all their own. • View and download Water Buffalo PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • … Read More

Art Bots
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Honestly, I haven’t been this floored by a simple idea since I don’t know when. I think I first saw “Art Bots” on a Facebook page somewhere, but then I had to … Read More

Draw the White House
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If you are studying American symbols, here’s how to draw the White House. I’ve simplified it as much as possible, and have created some grid paper to help those (even as young … Read More

Cardboard Cutaway House Update
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Wallpaper Day for our Cardboard Cutaway Houses. Lucky for me, I knew that you can buy all kinds of pretty patterned paper at the craft stores, and best of all, they come … Read More

Earth Day Zentangle Mural
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  Earth Day is coming up next month and to help celebrate, I’ve added a new mural with a zentangle theme. The design is broken down into 25 pages that when colored … 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 lines and hearts, then you can make this beautiful painting in honor … Read More

Cutaway Cardboard House
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Here’s a new after school class that I just started, what I call a Cutaway Cardboard House. I bought lots of 12″ cardboard squares from my local box company, and precut the … Read More

La Boca Houses of Argentina
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La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It is a popular tourist destination because of its very colorful homes. Turn out that years ago, shipyard workers … Read More

Common Core Snake Project
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This Common Core snake project uses two different kinds of patterns. One is for the colors (black, yellow, black, red, or A, B, A, C) and one for the width (thin, wide, … Read More

FREE! Mini Earth Day Mural
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Try out one of my collaborative templates and see how easy it is to make large and colorful mural. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show … 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 years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it … Read More

Draw a Clown
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My clown tutorial seems to be pretty popular over at Pinterest, so here is an update. My recommendation? Start with black paper so your clown can truly have the white face that … Read More

Lois Mailou Jones Drawing
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This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is in honor of Black History month. During Lois’ remarkable life, she painted, designed masks, textiles and stained glass windows, traveled the world and never stopped learning. Her … Read More

Draw a Snail
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Learning about snails in your classroom? Here’s a simple way to draw one, all starting with the number “6”. I found a wonderful foreign website (pavulurivikram.blogspot.dk) that has lots of drawings based … Read More

New “How to Draw” eBook
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Due to numerous requests to purchase this book I am now offering all of its content, including the cover art, in a condensed (18 MB) PDF e-file, for just $25. Print to … Read More

Celebrate Black History with W. H. Johnson
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In celebration of Black History month, I’ve created this mural in the style of William H. Johnson (1901-1970), a very talented painter who had a difficult life. He came to be widely admired for … Read More

Watercolor Resist Hearts
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These watercolor resist hearts use rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with … Read More

Collaborative Hearts on Canvas
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Looking for a collaborative project that creates a colorful, finished work of art? Try my favorite combo of Sharpies on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas and you are guaranteed … Read More

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