Overlapping Drawing Project
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  This Overlapping Drawing project is a fun, yet educational lesson. It focuses just on one repeating shape that is … Read More

Shading and Layering
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I used to introduce 3rd and 4th graders to shading and tinting techniques with circles and spheres, but found this … Read More

Stained Glass Tree
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This can really look like a stained glass tree if you use bright colors in the negative space around the … Read More

Layered Pipes
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I used to introduce 3rd and 4th graders to shading and tinting techniques with circles and spheres, but found this … Read More

Abstract Tree
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This abstract tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo … Read More

Finish the Wolf Face
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When students have a photo to refer to, they are often surprised at what they can draw. In this case, … Read More

Pastel Cactus Drawing
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One of my favorite combos is blending chalk pastels over dried glue. I’m always on the lookout for new subject … Read More

Wild Side/Calm Side Self Portraits
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This lesson starts with a discussion about how lines and colors can show emotion. A great book to read first … Read More

Lots of Logs Painting
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I was inspired by a print at “Geninne’s Art Blog” and turned it into a study using neutral colors. In … Read More

Cityscape Drawing
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I made my own graph paper for this project by printing a grid of 1/4″ lines on a large piece … Read More

Clothespin Horse
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This wooden horse is made from clothespins and jumbo craft sticks, and makes a good balancing project too. MATERIALS • … Read More

Torn Duck Collage
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Torn edges have a way of making shapes that would never happen if you started cutting away with a pair … Read More

Nutcracker Drawing on Black Paper
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Here is a breakdown of my Nutcracker Drawing project, this time using oil pastels on black construction paper. MATERIALS • … Read More

Leaf Art Project with Texture
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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

Pin Flowers
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This project came from an Arts and Activities magazine, and I loved how well it worked with kinders. 1. The … Read More

Three Circle Lion Face
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I saw this basic idea for drawing a lion in an Ed Emberley book. I love how just three overlapping … Read More

Chuck Close Portraits with Squares
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This project is inspired by the amazing art of Chuck Close. He added grids to portraiture to create some very … Read More

First Flower Painting
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This project makes for a great introduction to painting. And if you give students just the primary colors or red, … Read More

Magazine Color Collage
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This magazine color collage project can make some really beautiful works of art, but ONLY if students take care to … Read More

Fruity People Collage
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One CA Visual Art Standard centers around how to create feelings with one’s own artwork. This book “How Are You … Read More

Pastel and Pattern Eggs
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One arts standard for elementary students is to learn to tint colors. My kids seemed to really enjoyed seeing how … Read More

La Boca House Collage
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La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It is a popular destination because of … Read More

Wild Side/Calm Side Self-Portraits
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This lesson starts with a discussion about how lines and colors can show emotion. A great book to read first … Read More

Draw and Paint a Turkey
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To paint a turkey with some lovely shades of brown, just have students use dissolved instant coffee grounds for their … Read More

Witch Hat Drawing
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A Halloween stock art image inspired this witch hat drawing.   MATERIAL • Black card stock paper • Prismacolor Colored … Read More

Contour Tree Drawing
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I’m stilling enjoying the artwork of Friedensrich Hundertwasser, who inspired this contour drawing of a tree trunk. 1. I used … Read More

Draw Landscape with Layers
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If you learn how to draw a landscape with layers, your art with naturally have more depth to it. Follow … Read More

Watercolor Resist Patterns
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This Watercolor Resist Patterns project works well for kinders as an introduction to painting. By making lines and stacks of … Read More

Ceramic Planter Face
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Avoid the messy painting that often happens with kid’s ceramics and have them just use one color. MATERIALS • Ceramic … Read More

Mexican 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, … Read More

Boat Collage and Writing
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This boat collage and writing project encourages students to make layered pages in their art journals. I ask them not … Read More

Marker Line Leaves
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Make pretty and transparent leaves just by drawing with lines. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Markers, ultra fine point work … Read More