Sharpie Portraits on Canvas

This is my go-to art fundraiser idea. I’ve used it for years and often shared finished canvases, but never a full tutorial, so enjoy! • View and download Portraits on Canvas PDF Tutorial MATERIALS Stretched canvas (I used 16″ x 20″ for classes of 25) Dry wax paper (found at restaurant supply stores, and no, it’s not the same as … Read More

We’ve Raised over $1800 for Haiti!

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  UPDATE: We’ve now raised over $1800! Read more about this drive below. I have a favor to ask. My friends in Haiti need some help. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel and make art with children in Haiti. I met some amazingly selfless people along the way, and often stayed at a place … Read More

Valentine Art Project with Sharpies

Valentine art projects that mix the rich color of Sharpies with hearts, pretty much can’t go wrong, if you ask me. This one involves mounting the drawings on to a stretched canvas. Change the size of the canvas to accommodate all your students, and you also have a very pretty collaborative fundraiser project. This is a technique I experimented with … Read More

Cardinal Painting

When it comes to winter painting ideas for kids, this cardinal has been a favorite for years. The red and blue colors always make such a pretty image. • View and download Cardinal PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a cardinal and tree branch in … Read More

Class Art Project for Fundraising

  My favorite class art project for fundraising is this one with Sharpie self portraits on canvas. I’ve done it with every kinder class for years, and some parents still think I send it out somewhere to have it made. MATERIALS Stretched canvas (I use a 16″ x 20″ size for classes with 25 or fewer students) Dry wax paper … Read More

Pre-K Auction Art

Yes, you can make some really amazing auction art from a room full of 5 year olds. Celebrate all their scribbly drawings by attaching them to a stretched canvas, and you have a pretty amazing collage. MATERIALS • Stretched canvas, 16″ x 20″ • Sharpie markers, brush type recommended • Dry wax paper (found in restaurant supply stores) • Scissors … Read More

Oil Pastel Heart

This oil pastel heart project actually did triple duty last year. It continued the student’s study of warm and cool colors, taught them about a Pop artist named Jim Dine, and provided a colorful picture that I think will work for our annual fundraiser. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil pastels, I prefer the Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. After viewing … Read More

Sharpie Marker Alphabet

Here’s an idea for making finished auction art. Each students is assigned a letter and they make it as fancy and colorful as can be with Sharpie markers. I decoupage them to a canvas board, and later outline the letters with a metallic marker to give them some extra sparkle. MATERIALS Canvas board Dry wax paper White glue Sharpie markers … Read More

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