How to Paint a Pumpkin
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Here is a look at my how to paint a pumpkin instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies
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My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black and shiny silver. Fortunately, they all come from supplies that are very … Read More

More Witch Hat Scratch Art
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My students have been making these Witch Hat Scratch Art images all week. And as I mentioned before, I’ve learned that as long as they make two thick layers of color before … Read More

Witch Hat Scratch Art
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I love how this witch hat scratch art pushes students to color heavily. It takes two coats of coloring to get the layers needed to scratch, so you can’t help but end … Read More

Paint A Crankenstein
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To learn how to paint a Crankenstein, you must first read Samantha Berger’s book on how you might spot such a creature, and how they come to be. It’s an adorable look … Read More

Drawing Witch Feet
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I found this drawing witch feet idea in some stock art Halloween illustrations. It offers colorful seasonal fun, and some good symmetrical drawing practice too with those curvy, funky boots. It’s unique … 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

Halloween Cat Painting
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This Halloween cat painting has a pretty high cute factor, and is easy to draw too. It is also very symmetrical, which is a big plus for young artists. MATERIALS • Watercolor … 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

Tree Silhouette Art
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This tree silhouette art is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • Multimedia … Read More

Symmetrical Drawing Practice
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Here’s a fun way to get some symmetrical drawing practice, and create a fun, spooky image too. Give students half of a printed spider and have them fill in the missing side. … Read More

Draw a Cat Face
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In my search for some new art ideas, I found an extreme close up of a black cat face that got me thinking. If you draw the face super large, then you … 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

Mosaic Art with Tape
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The best reason to make this mosaic art is the ease take comes with using tape. Anyone who has tried before to make a mosaic with paper, knows how hard it is … Read More

Bat Painting, Silhouettes on Coffee Filters
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A fun way to make a bat painting as the permanent marker makes it easy to draw and color, and the coffee filters and watercolors never fail to amaze me with their … Read More

Batik Pumpkin Art
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This batik pumpkin art is meant to imitate the real thing, a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can simulate the look of cracked wax and color by working with crayons … Read More

Halloween Recycle Craft Project
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A friend has been saving these old saline bottles for quite awhile, and I finally had a chance to think up a Halloween recycle craft project for them. My reliable Sharpie markers … Read More

Pumpkin Art
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This pumpkin art project is a great example of teaching a principal of design, while making a very graphic image. I love how it literally requires students to flip and glue down … Read More

Silly Pumpkin Art Project
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This silly pumpkin art project can’t help but make you smile, what with the goofy teeth and all. I once found this wonderful marble construction paper sold both in packs of green … 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

Halloween Idea for Cat Collage
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween ideas for kids, that also happens to be one of my favorites. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of … Read More

Symmetrical Pumpkin
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This symmetrical pumpkin project is a great example of teaching a principal of design, while making a very graphic image. I love how it literally requires students to flip and glue down … Read More

Cubism Costume
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Here’s a reposting of one of my favorite costumes from a few years back. It may be better for posing than walking (unless you find a smart way to add good eye … Read More

Student Halloween Silhouettes
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Here are a few 3rd grade examples of my Halloween Silhouette project. I think I love them so much because they are just plain BOLD. And the lighter ones are certainly a … Read More

Halloween Silhouette
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My newest, most favorite Halloween project. Students draw a silhouette on a large coffee filter, fill it in with a Sharpie marker, and then paint the background with liquid watercolor paint. PREP: … Read More

Draw a Monster, Super Close up Style
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Quite possibly the world’s simplest how to draw a monster project. Students used a roll of masking tape to draw the eyes, one of which needed to be going off the page. … Read More

Student Art, by Genevieve
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One of my favorite “Franken Kids” drawings done this week, by a sweet little girl named Genevieve. The orange hair with colored streaks are just too perfect!

Halloween Coloring Page
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For the early finishers that are in every class, here’s something to occupy their time. Kinder and 1st graders can just color, but older students could add a little shading to moonlight … Read More

Cubism Face Fun
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Mix Frankenstein with computer illustrated eye drawings and kids can have fun making some very silly faces.  1. Those on a budget could use magazine eyes, but I had too many kids … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing
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Maple leaves are easy to draw if you break them down into simple steps as shown. MATERIALS Drawing paper or old brown grocery bag Black marker Color sticks or crayons DIRECTIONS Draw … Read More

Home Brewed Haunted House
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Instant coffee makes a great paint that is inexpensive and the perfect brown for this time of year. I thought a haunted house would be a good subject matter because of all … Read More

Drawing Spiderwebs
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I never realized how much spiderwebs have in common with zentangles. They both are made from repeated patterns. Try some fine tipped white poster markers on black scrapbook paper to make some … Read More

Pumpkin Face Collage
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I love this idea of putting “people” teeth in a pumpkin, so whoever thought of it first is pretty genius. I’m using it this week for my kinders and first graders as … Read More

The Scream and Blow Painting
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This Scream art project was shared from Washington Elementary School in Michigan, and it was a huge hit with my students as well. It combines Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” face with some … Read More

Kitty Collage ATCs
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I’m learning that when I try to come with a new art trading card project, it helps to look for subject matter that can be multiplied. A cute cat drawing inspired this … Read More

Full Moon Tree
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This full moon tree painting is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • … Read More

Draw a Hanging Bat
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If you are going to learn how to draw a bat, then a hanging one will put him in his true resting position. No need to make him scary though, in fact … Read More

Step by Step Pumpkin Painting
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Here is a look at my step by step pumpkin painting instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Vampire
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Students traced an old CD to help draw the head of this not-so-scary vampire. The hair could be shortened for a boy drawing, and the simple red cape make it easy to … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Positive and Negative Pumpkin
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I like how this is an example of using both positive and negative shapes, with some built in symmetry. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, cream and black, 8.5″ x 11″ • Scissors … Read More

Glowing Cat Eyes
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These glowing cat eyes are made from blending a few layers of pencil crayons. White on the bottom, then yellow, and for those interested in more detail, a bit of brown. Please … Read More

Halloween Black Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Stick Drawing Halloween Costume
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This is me in my Stick Drawing costume this morning. Can’t say I’d want to walk down the street very long with the mask I made, but I was proud to be … Read More

How to Draw a Skull
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Learning how to draw a skull, be it for Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations, is not that hard if you break it down into steps. I’ve found that working from … Read More

Halloween Cardboard Signs
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A Pinterest posting inspired this idea for my afterschool Cardboard Crafts class today. There is something about torn tape that just makes the coolest looking letters. The more uneven and lopsided they … Read More

Halloween Art Project Cat Collage
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween art projects, that also happens to be one of my favorites. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of other … Read More

Halloween Scream Mural
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Here’s a fun way to combine a little art history with the Halloween season. I simplified Edvard Munch’s ”The Scream” painting for young ones to color, and added a message on top. … Read More

Black Witch Hat
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A Halloween stock art image inspired me to make this witch hat drawing. It’s a good example of using positive and negative space in a very seasonal manner. 1. I started with … Read More

Spiderweb Art Trading Cards
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I never realized how much spiderwebs have in common with zentangles, which are basically repeated shapes. Try some fine tipped white poster markers on black scrapbook paper to make some like these. … Read More

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