Self Portraits, Modigliani Style

This Modigliani self portrait project seems to work surprisingly well every time I try it. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • Oil pastels • (See below for a marker version drawn on 7″ x 12″ drawing paper) DIRECTIONS 1. Cut the paper to 8″ x 18″. Fold the paper in half three times to make 8 equal … Read More

Shark Head Drawing Tutorial

This shark head drawing tutorial has all the angry biting motion that seems to thrill a lot of young students. The slight cartoonish feel though still keeps it on the fun side. MATERIALS Draw a Shark Head PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold to make creases. Students follow the tutorial to draw the shark in pencil. The shark is traced … Read More

Free Earth Day Mini Mural

Try one of my free earth day activities and see how easy it is to make one of my murals. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show you how my larger ones work. Just print out the pages, trim to the art, color and tape together to make a 24″ x 30″ mural. To get your mural, just sign up for my email list below and you can … Read More

Pastel and Pattern Eggs

My kids really enjoyed mixing paint colors by using just yellow, red, orange and white. • Egg Template jpg (Drag to desktop) MATERIALS Multimedia paper, printed with egg template Tempera Paint Oil Pastels DIRECTIONS SESSION ONE: I made an egg template page and gave one to each student along with white, yellow, red and orange tempera paint. They were instructed to see how many different colors they could make – all were to have … Read More

Color Lesson for Kindergarten

Color lesson plans for kindergarten can be so much more fun than just painting a color wheel. I opted to split my primary mixing lessons into three separate classes, and this one was perfect for making orange. Art Teacher’s Tip: Rolls of masking tape make the best templates for drawing circles. They are easy to hold, don’t slip on the paper, and make perfect circles when you run your pencil around the inside. MATERIALS … Read More

Self Portrait Drawing for Kids

I found a simple aid in assisting self portrait drawing for kids. Start them with a circle template for their head and the rest of the body is more likely to fall in place. These drawings were made for an art fundraiser, and I love how they all turned out. Colorful, creative and unique. MATERIALS Watercolor paper 2″ Circle template Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS Students use the template to … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case

You can recycle CD jewel cases and turn them into gifts instead. Here’s a few ideas for a birthday or Mother’s Day. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make a special gift at the same time. MATERIALS • CD case, the kind that is about 1/4″ thick • Potting soil • Container of water • Grass seed • Rubber band • … Read More

How to Draw a Shamrock

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s how to draw a Shamrock. And if you have the budget, add a little sparkle with a gold paint marker. If you can draw lines and hearts, then you can make this beautiful painting in honor of the holiday. Just save a few dollars for a gold paint marker because they really add a special touch. • View and download Shamrock Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor Paper, 9″ … Read More

Free “We Can Do It!” Mini Mural

March is the month to celebrate both women AND student art, so I’ve decided to support both with a free mini mural. “We Can Do It!” was a famous American wartime poster produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943 as an inspiring image to boost morale. This mural will measure about 30″ x 40″ when complete, and I hope it inspires lots of little girls to see what they can achieve.  After entering your … Read More

Newsprint Cat Collage Instructions

I’ve been making various versions of this cat collage lesson all week long. I found my original cat template needed some tweaking for TK’s and kinders, so here is the update. I decided that the original template I posted about a week ago with the separate head and body actually make it difficult to make a collar that didn’t go across the cat’s chin. The new template linked below has the cat as an … Read More

Paint a Terrarium

Here’s a simple flower painting project, one that is pretty AND educational for students studying plant life. I’ve used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in the spring. The jar makes a nice frame for the artwork, and the root technique is a nice introduction to what I call, the “white crayon trick”. Terrarium Template Pattern View and download Terrarium Tutorial   MATERIALS Watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″ Terrarium template, … Read More

Drawing a Leprechaun

Here is a step by step leprechaun drawing tutorial for St. Patrick’s Day, coming up on March 17th. He’s kind of a simple cartoon character, with mostly symmetrical parts which help most students when they are learning how to draw. • View and download Leprechaun Tutorial MATERIALS • Print of Leprechaun Tutorial • Multimedia paper • Black Sharpie marker • Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Print, fold or draw guide lines on paper. These will … Read More

Draw a Romero Britto Cat

Romero Britto was born in Brazil and had a modest childhood. Today he is an internationally renowned pop artist. Here is a pop art project in his fun and unique style. MATERIALS View and download Britto Cat Tutorial Paper (Finger paint paper recommended for brightest colors) Pencil Markers (Mr. Sketch recommended) Marker, Black chisel tip Sharpie   DIRECTIONS Draw cat in pencil. It will be a little difficult to erase on the finger paint … Read More

Mini Clothespin Craft Cars

This mini clothespin craft project makes little cars with wheels that really spin, even if they are a bit wobbly. The best part is that you don’t need any glue to put them together. My toothpicks were the perfect fit for the button holes. MATERIALS Mini clothespins Wooden buttons Toothpicks Utility scissors DIRECTIONS Stick one toothpick into a button. It should fit firmly (try other little mini dowels if not). For the back wheel, stick … Read More

Scream Art Project

This Scream art project was shared from Washington Elementary School in Michigan, and it was a huge hit with my students as well. It combines Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” face with some blow paint fun for all kinds of expressionist possibilities. WARM UP Look at Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting to see how much expression can be created with lines and color. MATERIALS • Drawing or multimedia paper • Sharpie marker • Crayons • … Read More

Coffee Filter Art with Hot Air Balloons

My favorite new coffee filter art is this hot air balloon project. These were made by kinder and 1st graders this week. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (necessary for making the clouds) Coffee filter Liquid watercolor paint Brown card stock paper Glue stick Sharpie marker Paper towels Scissors Plastic sleeve Templates for balloon shape, optional   DIRECTIONS CLASS ONE: Students placed coffee filter on a plastic sleeve and paint with watercolor. The filter is allowed to … Read More

Draw a Squishy Caterpillar

Here’s how to make a caterpillar drawing with very “squishy” sections. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. • View and download Draw a Caterpillar PDF Tutorial MATERIAL • Drawing paper • Crayons • Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Make or print guide lines. Draw the caterpillar as shown. 2. Trace the … Read More

Easy Printmaking with Bubble Wrap

For an easy printmaking project, try using bubble wrap. It’s a great way to repurpose old materials and make a colorful print too. MATERIALS Art journal or 6″ x 9″ drawing paper Bubble wrap Acrylic paint Paper plate Paint brush Pencil crayons Paper towels   DIRECTIONS I cut panels of bubble wrap that were smaller than the journal pages so that the paint wouldn’t go all the way to the edges. 1. The students … Read More

Dr. Seuss’ Truffula Tree

This Dr. Seuss craft was inspired by his colorful Lorax Truffula Trees, which I recreated with a few simple art supplies. MATERIALS Yarn, pink Yarn, orange Yarn, yellow Twigs Clay Acrylic paint, white, black, green Scrap corrugated cardboard, 3″ x 5″ Scissors Old brush DIRECTIONS 1. Collect thin twigs that are fairly straight and mount them in a small amount of clay. Let dry overnight. 2. Paint twigs with white and gray acrylic paint … Read More

Overlapping in Art

This ring project is a great lesson about overlapping in art. A roll of masking tape makes for the perfect stencil. I’ve tried it with those as young as second grade as that seems to be the time when most students can “see” the layers. Use new rolls of masking tape for tracing – they are easy to hold and grip the paper really well. MATERIALS • Drawing paper, 12″ x 18″ • Masking … Read More

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