Bone Letters

You could make this a lesson about anatomy and what the different kinds of bones in your body look like – or you could just make some creepy looking name signs for Halloween. 1. Draw examples of some typical bones on the board. They generally look like sticks, but have large bumps on the end. I … Read More

Make Your Own Glitter Paint

I was happy to stumble across the joys of glitter watercolor paint this week with lots of Day of the Dead artwork, but sad to read that my supplier was discontinuing it. I had a McGyver moment though, and discovered how to make my own. I mixed this glitter paint found at Michaels and my liquid … Read More

Spiders from Santa Maria, CA

This is such a great extension of my posted spider project that I thought I’d share it again. It turns a symmetry exercise into a beautiful work of art. • View and download PDF Half Spider Template “I’ve done this project for the past 2 years when my 4th grade students were learning symmetry. This year … Read More

Cubism Face Fun

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 to chance that they could all find some, so I looked for another option online. I found a great set at Pycomall and bought … Read More

Silly 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 it’s a great chance to learn about cutting on the fold. The head, mouth and eyes may be cut on folded paper to create … Read More

Glowing Cat Eyes

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 note though, that the average pencil crayon and black construction paper won’t deliver these results. The projects works best on black art paper with … Read More

Black Paper Cat

The credit for this super cute paper 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 to share. 1. Cut body from black cardstock paper (most construction paper is too soft). Fold back and cut out legs. Make slits … 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 the ONLY stick drawing in our school’s parade. Thank you Pinterest for coming through with another costume idea that was quick and inexpensive. Hope … Read More

Make a Paper Pumpkins

This project turned out to be a very quick and easy way to make a 3D shape out of strips of paper. 1. I used orange construction paper in the standard 9″x12″ size, and then used a paper cutter to make a pile of orange strips that were 1″ wide by 12″ tall. The students were … Read More

Gilded Halloween Portrait

I found a great book simply called “Halloween” by Joanne O’Sullivan, which has a ton of creative ideas. This is an adaptation of a portrait project, which I am including in an after-school class next month. 1. I started with one of those super-inexpensive unfinished frames from Michael’s. had some iron-on appliques in my stash of … Read More

Halloween Cardboard Signs

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 are, the better. 1. I chopped up old corrugated cardboard boxes with a paper cutter, and offered kids either square or rectangular shapes. They … Read More

Witch Feet Painting

Another idea that originated from stock Halloween illustrations. I think it offers some colorful seasonal fun, and some good symmetrical drawing practice too with those curvy, funky boots. 1. Students start drawing the boots in very simple steps. For instance, two centered lines for the backs of the boots, then the right and left heel, then … Read More

Spiderweb Art Trading Cards

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. 1. Cut black paper to 2.5″ x 3.5″ standard ATC size. Draw about 8 straight lines radiating out from a center point on a … Read More

Ceramic Pumpkin

This project comes from Ellen at Clayworks Studio. It’s basically making two pinch pots and blending them together. My kids grade 3-5 loved making these and the success rate was very high. 1. Give each student a piece of clay about the size of a small apple. Instruct them to remove a small piece for the … Read More

Finish the Spider

If you give students half of a symmetrical image, they will have all the info they need to complete the missing side. If you search for spiders at “Clip Art ETC” you will find THIS amazing collection. You may have trouble deciding which one to download. I chose the highest resolution of a fuzzy one, and … Read More

Haunted House in Coffee

I saw this idea in a recent Arts and Activities magazine. I thought a haunted house would be a good subject matter because of all the moody brown tones that could be created. 1. Students dissolve bits of instant coffee with water on a plate. The house is ‘drawn’ with a paintbrush, which allows for lots of thick and thin … Read More

Gilded Halloween Portrait

I found a great book simply called “Halloween” by Joanne O’Sullivan, which has a ton of creative ideas. This is an adaptation of a portrait project, which I am including in an after-school class next month. 1. I started with one of those super-inexpensive unfinished frames from Michael’s. had some iron-on appliques in my stash of … Read More

Funky Witch Feet

Another idea that originated from stock Halloween illustrations. I think it offers some colorful seasonal fun, and some good symmetrical drawing practice too with those curvy, funky boots. 1. Students start drawing the boots in very simple steps. For instance, two centered lines for the backs of the boots, then the right and left heel, then … Read More

Make a Paper Pumpkin

This project turned out to be a very quick and easy way to make a 3D shape out of strips of paper. 1. I used orange construction paper in the standard 9″x12″ size, and then used a paper cutter to make a pile of orange strips that were 1″ wide by 12″ tall. The students were … Read More

Day of the Dead Drawing

Day of the Dead is also known as All Souls Day, and is celebrated in Mexico to pray for and remember friends and family members that have passed away. PREP: Print out a skull template, which you can download HERE. 1. Students fold the printed skull paper, and cut on the solid lines. The eyes and … Read More

Tree Silhouette

I was inspired for this project by a stock art illustration. I really like how it turned out as it lets students focus on how detailed tree shapes can be. And it makes a good Halloween project too. 1. Give the students a 9″ x 12″ piece of watercolor paper, and some yellow and blue watercolor … Read More

Draw a Haunted House

I love all the creative possibilities of Halloween. Students can practice their architectural drawing while changing just a few elements to make their houses spooky. 1. You could begin with a discussion of what so-called haunted houses have in common: they are usually old, have lots of add-ons, broken windows, and a generally dark palate. 2. … Read More

Batik Crayon Pumpkins

Batik is a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can simulate the look with crayons and watercolor.  Materials: • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola crayons • Liquid watercolor paint, black or blue 1. Show the students how to draw overlapping circles to start their pumpkin picture. Stems are added near … Read More

Ceramic Pumpkins

This project comes from Ellen at Clayworks Studio. It’s basically making two pinch pots and blending them together. My kids grade 3-5 loved making these and the success rate was very high. 1. Give each student a piece of clay about the size of a small apple. Instruct them to remove a small piece for the … Read More

Halloween Monster Gloves

OK, so maybe this is more craft than art, but Halloween can be a great time to challenge your creative muscles. And if I could inspire even just one person to make something instead of buying that awful ready-made stuff in stores, I will be a happy camper. 1. The key is finding fake fur from … Read More

Bone Letters

You could make this a lesson about anatomy and what the different kinds of bones in your body look like – or you could just make some creepy looking name signs for Halloween! 1. I drew examples of some typical bones on the board. They generally look like sticks, but have large bumps on the end. … Read More

Pasta Skeleton

A fun way to mix basic anatomy with art is by creating skeletons from pasta. Materials: • Craft sticks • Craft glue • Dried pasta 1. To make a sturdy board, the students arranged 20 popsicle sticks horizontally and secured them with 4 sticks glued vertically to the back. 2. A variety of pasta shapes were … Read More

Designer Wallpaper Skulls

I recently received a large wallpaper donation at my school, and have decided to show the students how to cut out “designer” skulls. Materials: • Scrap wall paper • Card stock paper • Scissors • Glue stick • Sharpie markers, fine tip 1. Students use a sheet of wallpaper approx. 8.5″ x 11″. They are to … Read More