Giant Nutcracker Drawings

     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 festival decorations on butcher paper sketched one master nutcracker and have been tracing him in pencil for days. The kids love to trace and … Read More

Draw a Turkey

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 below.  Either way, I’ve found this front view of a turkey doable even by kinders as I have found they respond well to large … Read More

How to Draw a Fox Face

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 PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Black marker • Crayola crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Print a Fox Face tutorial for each student. They make … Read More

Finish the Wolf Face

When students have a photo to refer to, I think they are often pleasantly surprised at what they can draw. • View and download Wolf Face Template 1.  Students start by looking for the edges of the wolf head, nose and eyes and lightly sketch them in with a pencil. 2. Working in layers, students first … Read More

Boxed Butterfly

Art can cross with science in this boxed butterfly project. 1. Fold an origami box lid that is about 4″ in diameter. 2. Draw a folded butterfly to fit in the box. Heavy cardstock paper will work best. 3. Cut butterfly out and color with markers. 4. Glue a small piece of foam core in the … Read More

CD Mandala

A mandala is an abstract design that is usually circular in form. It is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one center point from which radiate an assortment of shapes and designs.   1. I wanted to start with a bright background on my old CD, so I spray painted it white. After … Read More

Symmetrical Valentine Birds

I showed students how to create texture in their watercolor paintings, just by sprinkling a little salt while the paint was still wet. The salt absorbs the water and leaves interesting patterns behind. 1. Start by drawing the heart in the upper center of the paper. Students drew the birds in steps to make them the … 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

Gingerbread Cookie Painting

This gingerbread cookie painting is brightened up with colorful crayon details. Kinders can concentrate on just making large, symmetrical shapes while first and second graders can try adding a shadow to give their cookie more dimension. MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint • Cardboard cookie template (optional) DIRECTIONS PREP: For … 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

How to Draw King Tut

Here’s a combo make in art heaven — gold tempera and a King Tut painting project. Works great for history lessons, or even an excuse to use the paint. It’s inexpensive and adds a bling that students all seem to love. MATERIALS • Multi media paper, 9″ x 12″ • Black Sharpie makers with chisel tip … Read More

Polymer Clay Monster Face

Polymer clay is pretty cool stuff to work with. It has this great ability to stick to itself and not fall apart. I’ve used it with smaller size classes with some great results. 1. Each student should get from 6-8 different squares of polymer clay. Start by rolling a large 2″ ball, and press it flat … Read More

Alien Names

I thought I would get a so-so response to this lesson, but found that the students were delighted to see how ‘alien-like’ their names could be, and amazed at how different all their artwork was. 1. Give the students an 11″ x 17″ paper and ask them to fold it in half lengthwise. With the paper … Read More