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 easy to draw. I’ve tried it with those as young as second … 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 tree. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft … 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 of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill in, … 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, if you have half of a black and white image actually pre-printed … 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 is “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” which shows a lot … 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 third grade, students can start to learn about colors that are not … 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 • Craft sticks, jumbo • Clip clothes pins • Utility scissors • Craft … 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 of scissors. This duck collage project has a simple shape, but I … 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 • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ size cut to 8″ x 24″ … 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 texture to your art will open up all kinds of new possibilities. … 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 circles turn into a very cute lion. MATERIALS Drawing paper Circle template … 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 stunning artwork. MATERIALS • Headshot photos, scaled and laser printed to on … Read More

First Flower Painting
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This project makes for a great introduction to painting. Give students just the primary colors or red, yellow and blue, they can mix their own green. MATERIALS Multimedia paper, 12″ x 18″ … 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 collect images with the same theme, and then cut and glue them … Read More

Fruity People Collage
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian artist from the 1500s who spent years working as an official court painter. He developed a style of composing portraits from fruits, vegetables, etc., which was uniquely … 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 many colors they could make by just mixing yellow, red, orange and … 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 its colorful houses. The basic history is that years ago, shipyard workers … 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 paint. They can also experiment with changing the value, depending on how … 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 Pencils   DIRECTIONS 1. Start with a 6″ x 9″ piece of … 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 a square paper and drew the outline of a tree trunk with … 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 this formula to make a simple winter drawing that creates all three … 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 patterns, students can just concentrate on making the paint go where they … 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 clay • Wire cutter • Plastic drinking glass • Drinking straw • … 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, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class … 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 to write entries NEXT to their pictures, but to write OVER them … Read More