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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draw an Astronaut
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Here’s one way to spark a child’s interest in science and space. Show them how to draw an astronaut and space ship, floating among stars and planets. All are made with simple … Read More

Be My Valentine Painting
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This Valentine painting was inspired by a simple stock art drawing. I think it would make the beginning of a great story, given it’s a flying cat, holding a heart for someone. … Read More

How to Draw Martin Luther King
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I put my portrait drawing skills to the test today to see if I show students how to draw Martin Luther King, hopefully with a decent resemblance. The kids did a great … Read More

Draw Grumpy Cat
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Find how easy it is to draw Grumpy cat with my step-by-step tutorial. Luckily, he has some pretty distinctive features, like the dark rings around his eyes and his famous frowning mouth. … Read More

How to Draw a Rooster Head
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In honor of the Chinese New Year that kicks off on Jan. 28, I have created this “How to Draw a Rooster Head” tutorial, which lets young artists just focus on their … Read More

Draw a Cardinal
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I’ve been on the lookout for a new way to draw a cardinal. This one, inspired by a stock art illustration is built on some very simple shapes that I think young … Read More

Draw a Frame
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Here’s a super easy way to draw a frame on your artwork with this fun, precut paper. Add a few swirly black lines and you have a wood grain look that adds … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face
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Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice … Read More

Giant Nutcracker Drawings
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     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 … Read More

Draw a Teddy
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I taught my students how to draw a teddy with a few simple shapes, and they found many, many ways to turn him or her into their own creation. For instance, it … Read More

Draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
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I’ve made a tutorial on how to draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which I believe keeps his cute details, while keeping him as simple as possible to draw. That said, I … Read More

Draw a Turkey
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Here’s my popular “Draw A Turkey” tutorial in a format that is more computer friendly. If you prefer something you can print and pass out to students, try my PDF tutorial linked … Read More

Sharpie Winter Landscape
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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 … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turkey
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For something new, draw a cartoon turkey and then make up a funny story about him or her. This guy is pretty simple, and I’ve even tried it successfully with kinders. At … Read More

How to Draw an Alpaca
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In case you need to learn how to draw an Alpaca, here’s the perfect tutorial for you. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years by the people of northern Peru. • … Read More

How to Draw a Haunted House
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When students learn how to draw a haunted house, they can practice their architectural drawing while changing just a few elements to make their houses extra spooky. • View and download Haunted … Read More

Draw a Bat, and the Perfect Book
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My first graders were shown how to draw a bat, but only after learning some more about them in this amazing new book I found “Nightsong”. It beautifully illustrates how they use … Read More

Draw a Vampire Bat
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You can draw a Vampire bat without it being scary. In fact, they can be downright funny like this guy. Here’s a tutorial on how to draw this very friendly looking bat. … Read More

Draw a Fall Tree
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To learn how to draw a fall tree, try thinking of it as a series of branches, and not just a fluffy shape that sits on a stick. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo
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A few key features will help you learn how to draw Frida Kahlo like a pro. She was a Mexican self-portrait artist and feminist icon who was married to Diego Rivera. Draw … Read More

Draw a Polar Bear
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Here is a very simple but very cute way to draw a polar bear. He is made of just a few simple, symmetrical shapes, but if you arrange them the way I … Read More

How to Draw a Gorilla
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Cute animals are always fun to draw, but here’s how to draw a gorilla with a little attitude. He is made up of just a few simple shapes and if you follow … Read More

How to Draw a Fox Face
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My How to Draw a Fox Face tutorial will help students fill their page with a large, symmetrical face, that has all kinds of coloring options. • View and Download Fox Face … Read More

How to Draw a Pumpkin
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There are many “How to Draw a Pumpkin” tutorials out there. This is my take on what I would share with older students, namely third through fifth graders. They should be able … Read More

How to Draw an Owl
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Learn how to draw an owl, and then finish it of with some pretty paint and metallic markers. Their shimmery color will look extra pretty against the matte paint colors. PREP • … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Turtle
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Follow my step-by-step tutorial to learn how to draw a sea turtle. The secret to making him or her look cute? Add extra large eyes. It works every time! PREP • View … Read More

Draw a Bunny
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For instant cuteness when learning to draw a bunny, try adding clothes. All kinds of personality seems to just jump out at you. • View and download Storybook Bunny PDF tutorial MATERIALS … Read More

Draw a Corgi Dog
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Here’s how you can draw a Corgi, because he’s got his own cute little stubby features that are not like any other dog. • View and download Corgi Dog PDF Tutorial MATERIALS … Read More

“Easy Animals to Draw” eBook
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Now available, a collection of animal drawing projects that are targeted for the beginner artist. After ten years of creating tutorials for students, I’ve learned which ones have the most success with … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Shell
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Just in time for summer fun, a brand new tutorial for drawing sea shells. • View and download Sea Shell PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip … Read More

How to Draw Perspective Landscape
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Here’s a simple landscape tutorial that illustrates how to draw perspective with a vanishing point. The drawings help show how much space can be implied in your art, just by paying attention … Read More

Draw Russian Buildings
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Russian buildings are so different from those children are used to drawing. The “ice cream” topped towers look like they are from a fairy tale. MATERIALS •  Russian Buildings PDF Tutorial • … Read More

My Sharpie Book
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So I have a pretty cool announcement to make, I’ve been moonlighting a bit and have written my first art book! Last summer Quarry Books contacted me and asked if I would … Read More

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