Cutout Christmas Card

There’s nothing like a homemade holiday card. I tried this method to make a quick “quilted” card that didn’t actually call for any sewing. 1. Start with giving each student 3 colored cards that measure 4.5″ x 6.5″. Next, they each need 3 sheets of contrasting card stock that measure 4″ x 6″ (I used a … 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 will develop from the salt absorbing the water. 1. Paint a sheet of watercolor paper generously with several shades of blue liquid watercolor paint. … Read More

Sticker Snowman Card

Office stickers make these snowmen a breeze to put together, so students can concentrate on creating a short story. And with just a few adjustments to the placement of the eyes, nose and buttons, all kinds of body positions are possible. PREP: Cut lots of 2.25″ x 4.25″ rectangles (with a paper cutter) from multicolored card … Read More

Creative Wrapping

I’m still playing with those Giant Chenille Pipe cleaners I bought from Michaels, and found they make a very cute quickie hat if you have anything round to wrap for the holidays. 1. This was even easier than it looks as almost everything twists together. I cut a rectangle of red tissue that was wide enough … Read More

Pencil Stars

One by-product of art classes is lots of half-used pencils. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too long to throw away. Have you heard of the three Rs? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. 1. Sharpen 10 pencils so they are all the same length. 2. Glue the tips … Read More

Pom Pom Ornaments

I was inspired by some fabric ornaments I saw at Anthropologie, but Michaels pom poms come in such great colors that I like mine even better. A bonus is that they take just about 30 min. to make. 1. You can get every one of these items at Michaels: Pom poms, dressmaker pins, ribbon and styrofoam … Read More

Nutcracker: Oil Pastel on Black Paper

This is a breakdown of my Nutcracker drawing project, this time using oil pastels on black construction paper. My large construction paper comes in 18″ x 24″ size, so I cut long narrow panels of 8″ x 24″ for each student. Each also got a cardboard template measuring 7″ x 4″. 1. Following the steps shown … Read More

Hand Colored Christmas Card

You can find some beautiful illuminated letters at clipartETC.com. I’ve used them to create this template for a hand colored Christmas card. 1. Print on 8.5×11 card or cover stock in the landscape orientation. 2. Use fine point markers or colored pencils to color in the letters.  

Cut and Tear Candle Card

I’ve been doing this card project with kinders for about 8 years now, and I’ve yet to find one better. Students can make this for whatever they celebrate, and practice their tearing and cutting skills as well. 1. Students tear a 3″ x 11″ strip of card stock into 3 pieces. The middle one with two … Read More

Draw a Winter Town

The holidays may be almost over, but winter certainly is not. This old fashioned winter town is fun for those that enjoy drawing buildings. I’ve found it helpful for students to use grid paper, so I made a custom sheet that you can download HERE, along with a complete drawing you can download HERE. 1. Draw ground … Read More

Cut and Tear Candle Card

I’ve been doing this card project with kinders for about 8 years now, and I’ve yet to find one better. Students can make this for whatever they celebrate, and practice their tearing and cutting skills as well. 1. Students tear a 3″ x 11″ strip of card stock into 3 pieces. The middle one with two … Read More

Cutout Christmas Card

There’s nothing like a homemade holiday card. I tried this method to make a quick “quilted” card that didn’t actually call for any sewing. 1. Start with giving each student 3 colored cards that measure 4.5″ x 6.5″. Next, they each need 3 sheets of contrasting card stock that measure 4″ x 6″ (I used a … Read More