Popsicle Stick Mini Easel
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Make your own popsicle stick mini easel, no need to buy the expensive pre-made ones. I’ve been making these for years for my mini canvas classes so I thought I’d share an … Read More

Three Torn Mice
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I was inspired by a project posted to Artsonia from Holman Elementary School. Their 2nd graders started with a painted background, but I opted to just use the torn mouse idea (which … Read More

Tissue Paper Collage Boxes
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These are just old Mac keyboard boxes, with tissue paper collaged on top. What I learned, aside from the fact that white boxes make great canvases, is that the narrow format created … Read More

Paper Mache Crayon
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 The crayons are done! If you have been following me on Instagram, I’ve been posting progress over the past 4 weeks. I must admit that I like these a lot now that … Read More

Symmetrical Decorative Vases
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Wax paper from Smart & Final worked great for this symmetrical project. The paper is thin enough to see through, yet strong enough to cover with paint. MATERIALS Wax Paper sheets Sharpie … Read More

How to Draw a Grizzly Bear
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I was inspired to create this bear drawing from a diagram at Appalachian Bear Rescue. I altered their instructions a bit to make the bear symmetrical, which is easier for those just … Read More

Warhol Hand Prints
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This Warhol hand print turned out well for an after school class. The watercolor background (quick drying time) allowed for the project to be done in one class. MATERIALS • Watercolor Paper, … Read More

Mother Hen and Chicks
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I’m always looking for simple drawing ideas that are easy to shade. This one works and makes a pretty picture too.   MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Sharpie black marker • Oil … Read More

Draw a Dandelion
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Practice your fine marker skills with this how to draw a dandelion project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a very pretty and delicate looking flower. Happy summer drawing everyone! PREP • … Read More

Watercolor Flower Garden
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One thing that watercolor paint loves to do is run together. Instead of fighting that tendency, I showed my students how they can make “puddles” their friend by painting lots of irregular … Read More

Collage Bracelet Journal Page
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I like to encourage students to make art that spreads across two pages. The more entries that are tall or wide or even upside down, the better. MATERIALS • Art journal or … Read More

Picasso Journal Page
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Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the emotional power of color. This project also asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look … Read More

Model Magic Roses
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A third grader blew me away today with her skill in making this Model Magic roses. I had simply shown students how to simply make and wrap rose petals, but she ran … Read More

Flowers for Mother’s Day
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Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower … Read More

René Magritte Journal Page
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René Magritte was a surrealism artist, famous for a number of paintings that challenge how we see things. You can challenge your students to express themselves with a magazine circle that is … Read More

Little Birdies Watercolor Painting
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Here’s an idea for a cute spring drawing or painting, three very simple birds that are stacked on each other, with the highest one looking at a pretty flower. MATERIALS Stacked Birds … Read More

Double Decker English Bus
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England is famous for its double decker red buses. Here’s an idea for a fun English painting, using cake tempera paints and Sharpie markers. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Sharpie marker, chisel … Read More

Bumble Bee Collage
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Here’s is a kinder / first grade version of my Bumblebee Collage project. I think it’s a good way to introduce children to collage as the colors are fun and bright and … Read More

Paper Mache Pencils
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My afterschool Paper Mache class wrapped up their pencils today. Made from 36″ mailing tubes, paper mache, duct tape and paint, they just need a little Mod Podge to seal them with … Read More

A Negative Space Exercise
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I wanted to mix things up for my students this week, so I had them just focus on the background of their art, or the negative space. In honor of Sponge Bob, … Read More

Blooming Tissue Paper Flowers
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Mix a math with a spring art lesson. Students create blooming tissue paper flowers by folding circles into halves, quarters and eighths. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, blue • Card stock paper, green • … Read More

Mosaic Tape Rainbow
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My creative curiosity has been peaked with a recent discovery of colored paper tape. It really makes any type of mosaic work a slam dunk, with no messy glue. 1. Beginning with … Read More

April Fool’s Eyeglasses
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Here’s a popular project I thought I’d repost before April 1st. The glasses are pretty much guaranteed to create lots of giggles, just be sure that children don’t try to do much … Read More

Positive / Negative Flower
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This is a simple exercise that uses positive and negative shapes and lines. 1. Students start with a 6″ x 9″ sheet of white drawing paper, and a 4.5″ x 4.5″ sheet … Read More

Flower Watercolor Painting
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Every elementary student can draw a flower, but are they aware of the many different shapes and sizes that exist? 1. I started by drawing a large collection of flowers on my … Read More

Ceramic Planter Face
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Avoid the messy painting that often happens with kid’s ceramics and have them just use one color. MATERIALS • Ceramic clay • Wire cutter • Plastic drinking glass • Drinking straw • … Read More

World’s Skinniest Terrarium
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make … Read More

Pastel and Pattern Eggs
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One arts standard for elementary students is to learn to tint colors. My kids seemed to really enjoyed seeing how many colors they could make by just mixing yellow, red, orange and … Read More

Drawing a Leprechaun
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Here’s some help in drawing a Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. He’s kind of a simple cartoon character, with mostly symmetrical parts which help most students when they are … Read More

M.C. Escher Eye Drawing
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M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed piece titled “Eye” that offers lots of detail. Students may use either … Read More

Fun with William Wegman
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William Wegman is a photographer famous for his compositions with his Weimaraner dogs. His fascination with humanizing his animals has created hundreds of amazing videos and photographs. I like his book shown … Read More

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat
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Here is a blank hat template to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday. I once used it as an art history lesson by reviewing a couple of famous artists (Matisse, Picasso, Van … Read More

Draw a Coiled Snake
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Here’s a simple way to draw a coiled snake. To finish him off, try using a rubbing plate or something similar to create some good old fashioned crayon texture. • View and … Read More

Felt Pizza
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One of my favorite things about felt is that pieces want to cling together without the use of any messy glue. My afterschool fabric craft class made these yummy looking pizzas today, … Read More

Island Home
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This is another oil pastel over tempera project that worked well for a multicultural theme recently. A teacher wanted an art project linked to the Bahamas, and this colorful house worked well. I’ve … Read More

Gum Wrapper Style Paper Chains
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Gum wrapper style paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works … Read More

Aboriginal Snake Drawing
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My Aboriginal snake drawing was inspired by art from Australia, where there are Aborigines who live today as they did thousands of years ago. Like cave painters, they use art as a … Read More

How to Draw a Shamrock
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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve made a tutorial of my Shamrock project. If you can draw lines and hearts, then you can make this beautiful painting in honor of the … Read More

Dr. Seuss Signs
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Our school has a Dr. Seuss celebration each year, and with our modular classroom set up in California, we have a lot of long outdoor halls without much signage. I had students … Read More

Matisse Art Journal Page
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Did you know that Matisse and Picasso were good friends before they became rivals? That must have made for interesting times. All I know is that Matisse was a master of colors … Read More

California Mission Drawing Guide
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Many California students are learning about missions this time of year, so I thought I’d like to share some more details about my drawing guide in my PDF Store. Years ago I … Read More

Aduna’s Heart
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While I’m on the subject of gushing over student’s art, here’s another one from an older boy, a 3rd grader named Aduna. This was a simple color lesson (warm oil pastel colors … Read More

Big Face Painting
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Want to fall in love with kid’s art? Try this project (see drawing tutorial HERE) with some really bright watercolors, crayons and markers, and see what happens. The younger the student the … Read More

Bubblewrap + Yarn
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This brilliant idea comes from Reggio Children Inspired, and I experimented with it a bit today. I used an xacto knife to cut slits on the flat side of large bubble wrap, … Read More

Escher Lizard
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M.C. Escher’s art continues to amaze people all over the world. His many nature-themed tessellations are both lovely and brilliant. I found the repeating pattern in Escher’s Lizard Tessellation, and thought it … Read More

Draw a Pig
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Here is one way to draw a pig, starting with an oval. It’s simple, yet still has some realistic details to it.   MATERIALS View and download Pig Tutorial Drawing paper Black … Read More

Shaded and Tinted Fractured Heart
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If you know how to tint and shade with oil pastels, then try testing your skills on this fractured heart. MATERIALS • Multimedia or card stock paper, square • Pencil • Ruler … Read More

Valentine Boxes
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I wish all my afterschool classes could go like the one today. I gave my students some supplies (cigar box, colored paper, paper punches, colored paper tape and metallic markers), one idea … Read More

Heart Balloon Painting
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My goal with this heart painting was to keep things really simple so kids could experiment with their wet-on-wet painting. This fourth grader, Lola, did an impeccable job, using the colors to … Read More

Heart Collage Valentine
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If you can get your hands on some fancy colored paper, this simple layout can make a really nice card. I used some sample rice papers from an old scrapbook collection that … Read More

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