Draw Grumpy Cat

Find how easy it is to draw Grumpy cat with my step-by-step tutorial. Luckily, he has some pretty distinctive features, like the dark rings around his eyes and his famous frowning mouth. Be sure to include them and color his fur with brown and white crayons, and you’re bound to have a cat with his adorable likeness. • View and download New Grumpy Cat Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Grumpy Cat Tutorial • … Read More

Textured Ceramic Box

Wouldn’t this textured ceramic box make a wonderful Valentine gift? It’s just one of the amazing clay projects in my friend’s ebook, “Create with Clay”. I’m sharing some snapshots of this project to show the quality of the photos, and the detailed steps she walks you through in all of her ceramic projects. Jenni currently lives in northern California, but shows her ceramic work all over the country, so there’s nothing like getting advice … Read More

How to Draw a Rooster Head

In honor of the Chinese New Year that kicks off on Jan. 28, I have created this “How to Draw a Rooster Head” tutorial, which lets young artists just focus on their colorful faces. This is officially the year of the rooster, so it’s a great way to mix a culture and art lesson. • View and download Rooster Head PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Rooster tutorial • Multimedia or drawing paper … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural 2017

My new Chinese New Year Mural 2017 celebrates the Year of the Rooster. The first day of the New Year is on Saturday, January 28th. This mural is drawn and colored with the look of ancient tradition of Chinese paper cutting. These works were commonly made of red paper, as red is associated with festivities and happiness in their culture. You can purchase this new template, which is made of 25 pages, in my PDF … Read More

Draw Your Neighborhood

Learn how to draw your neighborhood by focusing on three main areas. This stacked arrangement is my solution for encouraging students to draw LARGE and fill their papers. I am fortunate in that I have a tabloid printer and can print a large graph that has three obvious sections, but the idea could still be done with blank paper. The main idea is that students draw three “snapshots” of things around them, and let … Read More

Pipe Cleaner People

These little pipe cleaner people are easy to make and fun to pose with their bendable legs and arms. They measure a little under 3″ when done, and have lots of possibilities for art projects, including Keith Haring, who was famous for murals with simple, colorful figures. MATERIALS • Pipecleaners, two per student DIRECTIONS Follow the above diagram: 1. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and twist an oval at the top to make … Read More

Gingerbread House Decorations

Looking for ideas for homemade holiday decorations? I need some for my school’s holiday boutique, so I’m having students draw gingerbread houses and then cut them out. I found that if I instruct them that the center roof must touch the top of the paper and also the sides, they are bound to make them all pretty similar in size. No teeny houses allowed. MATERIALS • White card stock paper • Sharpie marker, black, … Read More

Old Fashioned Winter House

Old buildings are the stuff of storytelling, so this Old Fashioned Winter House is a perfect for young students this time of year. This painting was made by a kinder student named Ruby awhile back. I love how colorful her home is. Thanks Ruby for letting me share it! MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a wavy ground line. 2. Start the … Read More

Negative Space Tree

This negative space tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill in, but I have discovered that the marker will bleed in time and make a fuzzy line. If you want to avoid that, either use a black pastel or scan and print the original so that it looks perfect forever.   MATERIALS … Read More

Draw a Cardinal

I’ve been on the lookout for a new way to draw a cardinal. This one, inspired by a stock art illustration is built on some very simple shapes that I think young children can draw. • View and download Cardinal Tutorial   MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Sharpie marker, black • Oil Pastels   DIRECTIONS 1. On a horizontal sheet of paper, students draw a cardinal in pencil, following the diagram above. If you … Read More

Snowy Winter Silhouette Painting

I am still struck by how bright these winter silhouette paintings came out, this one by a third grader. I honestly think it comes from upgrading my tempera paint to something better than the school grade stuff. I’ve never seen such vivid results from school supplies, but I love every painting made with this tempera paint from dickblick.com. This is not a paid endorsement, I just appreciate sharing quality supplies when I find them. … Read More

Snowflake Painting

Here’s a simple snowflake painting project that was inspired by an illustration on a stock art website. I’ve found some amazing ideas at istockphoto.com and shutterstock.com, and gettyimages.com, just to name a couple. Search vector illustrations for a topic and you can find literally thousands of drawing ideas. MATERIALS • Watercolor Paper, 9″ x 9″ (recommended for vibrant colors) • Template to trace, approx. 2.75″ in diameter • White crayons • Liquid watercolors DIRECTIONS … Read More

Quilling Snowflakes with Bread Ties

Quilling is an art form that involves rolling, and gluing strips of paper together to create decorative designs. If you use bread ties instead, the curl stays and thus easier to glue too. MATERIALS • Craft sticks, regular size • Craft glue • Bread ties, white • Pencil • Magnetic strips (optional) DIRECTIONS 1. Students make a craft stick board by gluing 11 sticks across two back sticks. Let sticks dry while the curls … Read More

Draw a Framed Bear

Here’s a super easy way to draw a frame on your artwork with this fun, precut paper. Add a few swirly black lines and you have a wood grain look that adds a nice finish to any drawing inside. I would like to add that I was recently sampled a Crayola Class Pack of colored pencils by Oriental Trading Company, which I used to color in this bear. You can see that the colors … Read More

Watercolor Resist Snowflake Art

This watercolor resist snowflake art is easy to create with laser-cut wood decorations that are found at craft stores. They make perfect crayon rubbing material because they are so decorative, yet perfectly flat. SUPPLIES • Multimedia Paper • Wooden Laser Cut Snowflakes • Chipboard, about 8″ x 10″ sheet for each snowflake • Craft glue • White crayon • Blue Liquid Watercolor Paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Glue each snowflake to a sheet of chipboard with … Read More

Scratch Art with Oil Pastels

Making scratch art with oil pastels can be rather basic, but have you tried making different color combos on one piece of art? Or coloring three layers to see what happens? Many different textures are possible, including this fuzzy-looking mitten. Please note that I used Portfolio pastels, which are really soft and rich in color. I cannot vouch for other brands at the moment. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Ruler • Oil pastels, I … Read More

Clay Snowman

This clay snowman is made with holes in his body so real twigs can be inserted when he (or she) is finished. I’ve learned to really appreciate white ceramic projects as they are so forgiving for young artists. Any spots in the ceramic finish don’t show up nearly as much as darker colors do. MATERIAL • Ceramic Clay • Old container and water • Scratching tool • Ceramic glaze: white, black, orange • Kiln … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face

Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice old-fashioned look, along with the chance to color a nice white beard and fuzzy hat brim. • View and download Santa PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Santa tutorial • Drawing paper (my sample used brown kraft paper) • Black marker … Read More

Snowy Winter Tree Painting

For this snowy winter tree painting, students have the chance to just focus on the branches without any worries about leaves. Studying their basic structure will help them draw more realistically. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing “Y Trees” before but this time it’s with a winter theme. • View How to Draw a “Y” Tree MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil Pastel, black • Oil Pastel, blue • Tempera paint, white   … Read More

Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies

These Model Magic Gingerbread Cookies are so easy to make, thanks to the perfect gingerbread Model Magic color, also known as “Terra Cotta”. If you have cookie cutters to use, that would make things easy. But if not, forming your own head, arms and legs will make for a cookie with lots of personality. MATERIALS • Model Magic: Terra Cotta, White, Black • Corrugated cardboard, 4″ x 5″ • Aluminum foil, 5″ x 6″ … Read More

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