Outline Hand Drawing
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Have students start by tracing their hand, and then add all the details they can see. MATERIALS • Journal Page … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks. MATERIALS • Journal page … Read More

Art Journaling and Tea Bags
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Some of my favorite art journal pages I’ve seen just have a sense of freedom to them. The paper can … Read More

Travel Journal Page
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I used two laws of perspective to help give this travel journal page drawing some depth. With distance, similar shapes … Read More

Summer Flip Flops
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I have trouble throwing away clean colorful food boxes, and was inspired by the beach theme of these cracker boxes. … Read More

Printing with Bubble Wrap
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I tried printing with bubble wrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful … Read More

Painting a Cloudy Sky
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Last week, fourth graders learned how to make watercolor clouds after they painted a bald eagle. 1. The drawing was … Read More

“Where I Live” Art Journal Page
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My Art Journal class is focusing on themes that describe their life as they know it. Here is a collage … Read More

Paper Bag Journal
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Have you heard of paper bag journals? I made mine with just three lunch bags that were folded in half … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing
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Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. 1. Draw many large simple … Read More

CD Color Wheel
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I may try this extended color wheel with some of my older students this fall, specifically those that are working … Read More

Printing with Bubblewrap
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I tried printing with bubblewrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations … Read More

Layered Creative Writing
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Maybe a really good test score, or jersey number or locker number could be the starting point for a journal … Read More

Summer Flip Flops
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I have trouble throwing away clean colorful food boxes, and was inspired by the beach theme of these cracker boxes … Read More

Draw a Dandelion
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Practice your fine marker skills with this how to draw a dandelion project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a … Read More

Collage Bracelet Journal Page
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I like to encourage students to make art that spreads across two pages. The more entries that are tall or … Read More

Picasso Journal Page
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Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the emotional power of color. This project also asks students to draw … Read More

René Magritte Journal Page
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René Magritte was a surrealism artist, famous for a number of paintings that challenge how we see things. You can … Read More

A Negative Space Exercise
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I wanted to mix things up for my students this week, so I had them just focus on the background … Read More

Tinted Hand Painting
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I am on a quest to find simple layering techniques for my afterschool art journal class. Many detailed adult journals … Read More

Matisse Art Journal Page
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Did you know that Matisse and Picasso were good friends before they became rivals? That must have made for interesting … Read More

Robert Indiana Art Journal Page
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This Robert Indiana LOVE Letter project provides good dimensional drawing practice, and makes a nice Valentine card too. Robert Indiana … Read More

Delaunay Art Journal Page
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I love the work of Sonia Delaunay, not only for her colorful abstract circles, but also for her groundbreaking life … Read More

Hot Air Balloon Collage
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Here’s an idea for using the beautiful pattern paper in the Strathmore® Art Journal Kits. Hot air balloons can tie … Read More

Feathery Fashion
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I had one of those happy accidents yesterday in preparing this journal project. I had loaned out my glue stick … Read More

Bubble Wrap Printmaking
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I tried bubblewrap printmaking, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of … Read More

Flying Kites Journal Page
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I just did this art journal page with my afterschool class today and loved how it turned out. Some of … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing
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Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. 1. Draw many large simple … Read More

Sunflower Journal Page
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It’s so much fun to browse art journal pages over on Pinterest. MATERIALS Art journal or multi media paper Black … Read More

“Places to Visit” Journal Page
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I used two laws of perspective to help give this drawing some depth. With distance, similar shapes appear to get … Read More

Tree Stamps and Watercolor
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I’ve been wanting a rubber stamp collection for the longest time, and finally bought a few at Michael’s for my … Read More

Boat Collage Journal Page
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This boat collage journal page encourages students to make layered pages in their art journals. I ask them not to … Read More

Painting with Tea Bags
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Some of my favorite art journal pages just have a sense of freedom to them. The paper can be spotty … Read More

Masking Tape Letters
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When I wanted my students to make a really colorful and layered journal pages, I kept coming back to crayon … Read More

First Art Journal Project
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I was looking for an easy way to have my young students put their name on their new art journals … Read More

Fireworks Drawing
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This is an exercise in radial drawing, but it makes a nice fireworks drawing when you fill up the page.  MATERIALS … Read More

Hundertwasser Flowers
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This is another drawing inspired by the Austrian abstract artist,Friedensreich Hundertwasser. His philosophy about nature is very reflective in his … Read More

Contour Line Drawing
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The truth is drawing is a skill, and just like anything else, anyone can get better with practice. MATERIALS • … Read More

Repeating Circles
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I started this page with the idea of repeating circles. Students could fill in solid circles with colors that appeared … Read More

Summer Swimming
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I was inspired by some swimming self-portraits over at “Use Your Coloured Pencils” and loved the floating hair. My students … Read More

Art Journal ”Happiness List”
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I saw this “Happiness List” idea somewhere on the internet, and really like the positive message it gives to both … Read More

Art Journaling Collage Drawing
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Some of the coolest art journal pages I have seen on the internet involve lots of layering. A common approach … Read More

Journaling Watercolor Blocks
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I started an afterschool class for art journaling last year, and this is one of the first projects I started … Read More

“Where Am I?” Art Journal Page
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This project is possible only because I found a great source for paper crepe tape at Red Bow Studios on … Read More

“Where I Live” Art Journal Pages
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My Art Journal class is focusing on themes that describe their life as they know it. Here is a collage … Read More

“Thankful” Bubbles Art Journal Page
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 I love finding ways to have students write in a non-linear fashion. Here is a writing and painting page that … Read More

Bracelet Collage Journal Page
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I like to encourage students to make art that spreads across two pages. The more entries that are tall or … Read More

Hot Air Balloon Art Journal Page
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Here’s an idea for using the beautiful pattern paper in the Strathmore® Art Journal Kits. Hot air balloons can tie … Read More

Art Journaling Seasons
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My after school art journal class continues, and I’m determined to build on my most successful ideas from last year. … Read More

My Summer Self Portrait
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I’d been exploring ideas for a back-to-school project combining art with story telling much like a popular art journal technique. … Read More

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