Dutch Windmills

This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border makes for an instant frame. My sample is drawn in pencil, traced with a marker, and then painted with watercolors. With all the multicultural projects goring on at my school right now, I may find more … Read More

Draw Amsterdam Buildings

My students have drawn lots of traditional American style homes, so now I’d like them to try something different. Specifically, Amsterdam style buildings. They have very different profiles and details, not to mention water canal surroundings. Here’s a tutorial that includes many of these details, without getting too intricate. • View and download Amsterdam Building tutorial

Chinese Paper Dragon

Here’s a peek at an Chinese origami-style dragon project. The body is made of 2″ wide paper strips, and it turns out the Staples brand is the perfect weight, not to mention the perfect package of colors. I think the head could be dressed up or down, depending on the student’s ability.

Draw Big Ben

Studying England? Learning how to tell time? Learn about both by drawing Big Ben and then choosing a specific time for the hands of your clock. Who says art projects can’t support other studies? Not me. 1. For extra straight lines, try drawing this clock on 1/4 grid paper. Follow the steps above for the drawing. … Read More

NEW Day of the Dead Mural

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“Dia De Los Muertos” is also known as Day of the Dead, and is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico. It is all about honoring deceased loved ones, and is a very festive and colorful occasion. I’ve made this new mural in honor of the day in two sizes: one that will fit a … Read More

Maasai Portrait

The Maasai are a group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their very colorful customs. One way to simplify (but still celebrate) their look is to draw a solid profile and add your own ornamental headdress. 1. Fold a paper to make … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural

The 2013 Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 10th, which is the year of the Snake. I made this paper-cut style mural to celebrate this holiday and learn more about the amazing Chinese art culture. To purchase and immediately download this pdf file, click the image and you will be directed to my new PDF … Read More

Tiki Faces

Drawing a Tiki face is all about making symmetrical shapes, and usually captures the attention of some of the more “restless” students. 1. Give the students a sheet of brown construction paper, and ask them to fold it in half vertically so they know where the center of their face will be. Using the sample Tiki … Read More

Art Trading Cards

Art Trading Cards, also known as ATC’s, have been popping up everywhere as a means to create small-scale art that can easily be collected and traded. 1. Purchase many packets of 2.75″ x 3.75″ plastic trading card sleeves for each student. They generally cost just a penny each. Provide lots of construction paper that is already … Read More

How to Make a Mola

Molas are handmade textiles from Panama which use a reverse appliqué technique. Several layers of different-colored cloth are sewn together and the design is then formed by cutting parts of each layer away. While that technique is pretty intricate, the look can be imitated by layering construction paper. 1. The process starts with choosing the main … Read More