Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies

These Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies are so easy to make, thanks to the perfect gingerbread Model Magic color, also known as “Terra Cotta”. If you have cookie cutters to use, that would make things easy. But if not, forming your own head, arms and legs will make for a cookie with lots of personality. MATERIALS • … Read More

Giant Nutcracker Drawings

     My art room is filled with giant Nutcracker drawings right now, waiting to be lined up in our auditorium for our upcoming holiday show. I took a que from my Harvest festival decorations on butcher paper sketched one master nutcracker and have been tracing him in pencil for days. The kids love to trace and … Read More

Ornament Christmas Card

To make this ornament Christmas card, try filling the shapes with lots of with lines and patterns and watch the edges appear all by themselves. MATERIALS • White cardstock paper, 5″ x 7″ • Scrap paper • Scissors • Pencil • Sharpie markers, assorted, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS 1. Cut ornament shapes from scrap paper. To … Read More

Sharpie Winter Landscape

To wrap up my Sharpie Blog Roll, here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that I found works well for a wide range of students. The black permanent marker allows for liberal painting over the trees, and the white marker creates easy dots of snow to finish things off. • View and download Winter Landscape Tutorial … Read More

Easy Ceramic Cupcake

This easy ceramic cupcake project is my very favorite, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. I’m pretty sure though that it has lots of appeal for any holiday gifts too. It is so simple which helps all the students feel successful when they complete it, and makes a keepsake that my parents … Read More

Easy Snowflake Art with Paint and Paper

Here is one way to make easy snowflake art with paint and paper. Try blending several shades of blue on good watercolor paper and sprinkle salt to add more texture. Brush it off when dry and glue down punched out paper snowflakes. Super simple and gets amazing results every time.  MATERIALS • Watercolor paper (try Strathmore … Read More

Victorian House

This old-fashioned Victorian House is the stuff of storytelling. It’s tall shape and old windows are fun for children to draw. MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Sharpie, black • Liquid watercolor paint • Crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Draw the tall house in pencil. 2. Trace the drawing with a black marker. 3. Draw snowflakes in the sky … Read More

Draw the Grinch

You can learn how to draw the Grinch’ with a very mischievous face with my step-by-step tutorial. I’m going to see if I can play my favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song when my students draw him next week. • View and download the Grinch Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Grinch tutorial • … Read More

Poinsettia Art

Make some pretty poinsettia art by just tearing shapes from tissue paper. The torn shapes just naturally look a lot like the flower petals. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Tissue paper: green, red and yellow • White glue • Water and container • Brush • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Rectangles of red, green and yellow tissue … Read More

Santa Bear in Tempera Paint

This Santa Bear is a great project for those as young as kinder or so. The simple shapes allow for lots of creative additions, especially when choosing what your bear is wearing. • View and download Bear Tutorial MATERIALS • Drawing or multi-media paper, 9″ x 12″ or larger • Black Sharpie marker, black chisel tip … Read More

Holiday Matchbox Art

My Holiday Matchbox Art kids did a great job today, as they experimented with adding mini pom poms to their drawings. These two amazing 2nd graders, Rebecca and Violet, made them with both Hanukkah and Christmas in mind. Follow the link below to download the box templates and instructions. • View and download Matchbox Tutorial MATERIALS … 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

Gingerbread Matchbox House

Here’s an adorable Gingerbread Matchbox made yesterday by Nya, a fifth-grader. I showed students how to draw a simple droopy roof line and some candy windows, but Nya took the idea to whole new level. • View and download Matchbox Tutorial MATERIALS • White card stock paper • Glue stick • Scotch tape • Stabilo markers … Read More

Watercolor, Salt and Snowflakes

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.   MATERIALS • Watercolor paper (try Strathmore for special occasions) • White card stock paper, for … Read More

Holiday Ornament Card

To make this holiday ornament card, try filling the shapes with lots of with lines and patterns and watch the edges appear all by themselves. MATERIALS • White cardstock paper, 5″ x 7″ • Scrap paper • Scissors • Pencil • Sharpie markers, assorted, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS 1. Cut ornament shapes from scrap paper. To … Read More

Winter Townhouse

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 all of these, and you never know which area you might be good at, or more importantly, might enjoy the most. MATERIALS • Watercolor … Read More

Gingerbread House Watercolor Painting

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, but drawing two sides is the beginning of adding dimension, and later, perspective. MATERIALS • Multi-media or watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip … Read More

Sticker Snowman Card

Students can learn how to make their snowman card come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do this all with stickers and markers makes it even more fun. MATERIALS • Recollections card stock paper, blue • White sticker mailing labels 1″ x … Read More

How to Draw the Grinch

You can learn how to draw the Grinch’s very mischievous face with my step-by-step tutorial. I’m going to see if I can play my favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song when my students draw him next week. • View and download the Grinch Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Grinch tutorial • Multimedia paper … Read More

Grinch Tutorial

Here is my step-by-step Grinch tutorial to help little ones draw his mischievous face. I’m going to see if I can play my favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song when my students draw him next week. • View and download the Grinch Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Grinch tutorial • Multimedia paper • … 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

Recycled Pencil Star

This recycled pencil star idea came about from seeing lots of half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too long to throw away. I first tried gluing them together to make a star on their own, but found they need a stable base. … Read More

Giant Gingerbread Cookie with Tempera Paint

This gingerbread cookie with tempera paint is a good way to turn your average brown construction paper into something cute. The white tempera paint looks a lot like real frosting.   MATERIALS • Brown construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • White tempera paint • Paint brush • Oil pastels • Scissors   DIRECTIONS 1. Each student … Read More

Nutcracker Drawing on Black Paper

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″ panels • Cardboard template, 7″ x 4″ • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Following the steps shown in my diagram, the students first placed the … 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.  

Abstract Snowman Card

Here’s an abstract snowman card idea that just uses markers and white circles cut from a hole punch. Make your templates once, and you could start a production line of homemade holiday cards. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ size • Cardboard templates: 5″ square, 4″ half circle, 3″ circle • Pencil • Markers … 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

Drawing Elf Feet

Try drawing Elf feet for a fun holiday picture. The close up view and symmetrical shapes all make for fun and festive artwork.   MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Scrap paper, 3.5″ x 3″ • Scissors • Pencil • Markers   DIRECTIONS 1. Students fold their drawing paper in half vertically to help center the two … 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