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

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