Mummy Matchbox Art
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My Matchbox Art students wrapped a pipe cleaner man with a strip of cheese cloth and then got to decide what kind of box their mummy wanted to “live” in. MATERIALS Matchbox … 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

Draw an Urban Haunted House
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There are many, many ways to draw a haunted house, but may favorite are the quirky city type with some unusual architectural features. MATERIALS Draw an Urban Haunted House PDF Drawing paper Black … Read More

Happy Haunted House Mural
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A new Haunted House mural has just gone up in my store, just in time for Halloween. I added some fun scary details to this one, but feel free to add more … Read More

Pipe Cleaner Tarantula
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I’ve tried a lot of pipe cleaner animal ideas, and this Tarantula is my favorite in both looks and ease to make. It’s also makes a pretty cool decoration for this time … Read More

Peek a Boo Cats
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Here’s a variation on my Black Cat Collage project that plays with the idea of peeking cats. Good orange paper will really have the most impact. MATERIALS Orange scrapbook paper, 12″ x … Read More

Halloween Eye Balls
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Did you know you can get air dry clay in colors? I think it happens to be THE most perfect material to make some really fun Halloween eye balls. The balls are … Read More

Drawing Children eBook and Bonus Mini Mural
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My new “Learn to Draw: Children” eBook was created and tested in response to a kinder teacher who was tired of seeing so many stick figures in her classroom. My solution was to create … Read More

Pattern Leaves
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Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is … Read More

Black Cat Collage
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Kinders learned how to trace and cut out a simple cat, and then draw a setting with a black Sharpie marker. The contrast between the two makes the art fun to look … Read More

Skeleton Craft
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My pack rat tendencies paid off when I figured out how use old watercolor trays to house this Model Magic skeleton. How many themes can this project touch on? Let’s see. Fun … Read More

Simple Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape
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Try starting with colored paper to give your chalk pastel drawings a little more punch, especially with simple fall landscapes.   MATERIALS Construction paper, orange or yellow Chalk pastels Spray fixative, if … Read More

Many Pumpkin Faces
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I introduced my kinders last week to their first printmaking project. Learning how to draw different expressions on the faces, like those in the famous “Five Little Pumpkins” book, added to the … Read More

Draw a Robot
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This is a fun combination for painting a robot – silver tempera and black watercolor paint. The matte look of the black makes the silver really stand out. My first graders used … Read More

Fall Collage with Coffee Filters
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It’s easy and inexpensive to make some amazing coffee filter trees. Put them on some nice card stock paper and you have the makings of a beautiful fall collage. MATERIALS • Coffee … Read More

Winter Landscape
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If you draw a landscape with layers, your art with naturally have more depth to it. Follow this formula to make a simple winter drawing that creates all three layers in a … Read More

Treehouse Crafts
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I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional after school classes, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. When my students made these tree houses, they got so involved … Read More

Kandinsky Circle Painting
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This Kandinsky project worked really well with my last after school watercolor class which includes kinder through 5th grade. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I used Strathmore) Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS PREP: pre-print … Read More

Art Box Portfolios
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 Still looking for a good way to store lots of student artwork? I found this pizza box solution years ago. Just fold them inside out to get a plain brown box. Out … Read More

Snowy Winter Landscape
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Students finished their snowy landscapes with the perfect tool. Sharpie paint markers allowed all the art to easily get a delicate sprinkling of snow. This art is getting used for annual holiday … Read More

Layered Cats
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Try giving young students a cat head template and challenge them to fill the page. This young 2nd grader, Benjamin, made an adorable painting as a result. MATERIALS Download Cat head PDF … Read More

An Artist’s Pumpkin
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The world’s easiest way to decorate a pumpkin — just pour paint Jackson Pollock style. MATERIALS White foam pumpkin, from Michaels or Amazon Old acrylic paint, bright colors Newspaper and small cup … Read More

“How To Draw” Give Away Winner
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Wow, thanks to all those who entered my contest! I loved reading your comments and learning that my tutorials are going to such good use. My winner was chosen with the help … Read More

Watercolor Pumpkin
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You pretty much can’t lose when you make pumpkins your subject matter for a painting. The line work alone is perfect for teaching kids how to give their circles dimension, let alone … Read More

Air Dry Clay Starfish
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This air-dry clay starfish will give students a change to practice their blending skills. Five fingers need to be mushed in the middle to make him nice and sturdy. MATERIALS Air-Dry clay … Read More

Under the Sea Creatures
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I had my Model Magic students try working in a diorama-like setting today and apply fish and more to a wall of blue. When the clamshell was closed, they really did resemble … Read More

How to Draw Aliens
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I made this condensed tutorial for three aliens as it is fun to mix and match the different eyes, hands and feet. It’s a good direct draw project for the very young … Read More

Black Lines on Black Paper
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If you have ever tried to make glue drawings for chalk pastel or color stick art, but didn’t love the way the glue dried? Drawing with white glue, letting it dry, and … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing
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There’s nothing prettier than a colorful maple leaf, but who needs lots of xeroxed copies that all exactly match each other? Learn how to draw your own with my tutorial and you … Read More

Draw a Cottage
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If you want to draw a cute cottage house, then you can also surround it with the landscaping of your dreams too. MATERIALS Download Cottage PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons … Read More

Draw the California Quail State Bird
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Am I the only one who thinks this California Quail looks like he was designed by committee? Kind of funny that he represents a state known for being concerned about its looks. … Read More

Line Art Tutorial
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Here’s what I love about selling over the internet, customers can make requests, and you can turn around and help them FAST. I was reminded that my Line Art Portrait eBook could really use … Read More

Lady Bug Craft
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 Finally, an air dry clay project that is easy enough for kinders, lets students practice some clay skills, AND makes something pretty darn cute. These well-rounded projects are hard to find, so … Read More

Draw a Chickadee
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I really like this point of view for drawing a bird. It fills a page in a nice and balanced way, and could probably be adapted to many other breeds too. MATERIALS … Read More

Draw a Duck
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Here’s a new tutorial that shows you how to draw a duck that is true to it’s mallard coloring, with an a added touch of cuteness to the eyes. Students can use … Read More

Minecraft Selfie Tips
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I’m loving how this Minecraft Selfie project requires students to solve problems, as in how to draw their hair using only boxes. I also wanted to share that I learned a few … Read More

Deluxe Bat PDF Tutorial
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This hanging bat tutorial has been a favorite for years, especially with teachers. I’ve made a new deluxe version that includes a full size sample, coloring and tracing page. MATERIALS Deluxe Draw … Read More

Planet Drawing Fun
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It’s been a space-themed week at my school, thanks to Monday’s eclipse. It provided the perfect subject matter for a new black paper and metallic marker project. MATERIALS Black Card Stock paper, … Read More

Minecraft Selfies
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There are many great Minecraft self portrait ideas over on Pinterest, but I am going to have my students use this approach, with a pre-printed grid. I love how this will add … Read More

Solar Eclipse 2017 Art
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  Here’s a solar eclipse art project that is easy for all ages and good shading practice. Love it when science and art work together. MATERIALS Astrobright cardstock paper (found mine at … Read More

Gift Box Truck
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Here’s an idea for a transportation craft project. It costs about $1.50 for both gift boxes and makes a pretty cool looking truck with no prep work at all. MATERIALS White gift … Read More

Draw a Tree with Your Hand
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I saw this idea for drawing a tree on Artsonia.com, and love showing kids how lines can give dimension to their art. MATERIALS Draw a Hand Tree Tutorial (download here) Drawing paper … Read More

Cardboard Angler Fish
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Once again I have to give credit to an amazing site called Krokotak.com. This Angler fish project is just too clever with its underbite, spike teeth and pipe cleaner antennae. MATERIALS 16″ … Read More

Cardboard Kittens
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I keep finding the most original new ideas at this site called Krokotak.com. They seem to have a knack for collecting really original ideas, which is not easy these days. I love … Read More

Zentangle Art Leaf Template
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I created this leaf template years ago, after getting inspired by some Zentangle art. Here’s a fun project when studying lines as an element of art. Below is the link to download … Read More

Pipe Cleaner People Video
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Awhile back I spent a bit of time trying to find a way to make something fun with pipe cleaners, something that I knew young students could do without a lot of … Read More

Truffula Tree Pencil
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This Lorax Truffula Tree pencil can have a home in this mini planter, when you’re not busy writing with it. MATERIALS Black Staedtler pencils (I found mine at Staples) Feather Boa (Jo-Ann … Read More

Braided Bracelets
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I’ve exchanged friendship bracelet projects for this round braid, which could certainly still look great on any wrist. After set up, there’s just one repeating step. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chip board, … Read More

Back to School Composition Books
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Here’s a fun back to school project from my Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids book. Don’t go back to school with generic composition books, make them as unique as you are! MATERIALS … Read More

Gold Rush PDF Package, $10
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I am happy to release my new Gold Rush package. It includes 3 sizes of my new San Francisco Niantic Hotel mural (6, 15 and 28 pages) and a new “Wanted” Poster … Read More

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