Bird Tessellation

One of my favorite tessellation projects for kids is an interlocking bird. I learned the hard way how easily shapes can get flopped, so I came up with the numbering system. For another option, see my Fish Tessellation art project. MATERIALS Drawing paper Card stock or chipboard square, 3″ Masking tape Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Give each student a … Read More

Valentine’s Day LOVE Line Drawing

Valentines day ideas for kids can be educational too. This drawing uses a ruler, which is a 2nd grade Common Core Standard.   For more Valentine drawing ideas, see my new “Valentine Drawing” ebook in my PDF Shop.    MATERIALS • Multimedia or drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker • Markers, Stabilo brand recommended (The above product link is a referral. If … Read More

Faith Ringgold Flag Project

Faith Ringgold, an African-American artist, is best known for her large story quilts. In 1985 she made a piece titled “Flag Story Quilt”. For a great follow up project, see my Faith Ringgold Mural template in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS • Download PDF Flag template • Card stock paper • Old magazines • Scissors • Glue sticks • Hole punch … Read More

How to Draw like Paul Klee

I made this “How to Draw like Paul Klee” tutorial to guide students in a continuous line drawing that would look a lot like Klee’s famous painting. This drawing is made by following the “up” and “down” and “over” directions shown on my diagram page. The fact that the finished art will look a lot like a famous Klee painting … Read More

Louise Nevelson Found Sculpture Project

Louise Nevelson found sculpture project was inspired by her creation of wood assemblages. It’s easy to make with just craft sticks and found objects. MATERIALS Craft sticks, 12 per student Aleene’s Craft Glue Found objects, bottom of the draw stuff Acrylic paint, white or black or gold DIRECTIONS I glued the basic square as shown ahead of time for the … Read More

Collage Your Name Project

Collage projects for kids can start with old magazines, crayons and a little watercolor. For a little art history, you can also connect this to artist Romare Bearden. Romare Beardon, an African-American artist and writer, is renowned for his experimental collages, a technique he began to experiment with in 1950s. Some students in California learn more about Mr. Beardon in the fourth … Read More

Oil Pastel Heart

If you need your students to make really colorful art for a special occasion, say a fundraiser, try this oil pastel heart. Tell them their only job, outside of drawing a large heart, is to color with lots of layers. After all, that’s what pastels really do best. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil pastels, I prefer the Portfolio brand … Read More

Summer Swimming

Looking for summer drawings easy enough for kids to do? Try an underwater watercolor resist. The key is to include waving limbs and floating hair. MATERIALS Art Journal or watercolor paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS I gave some of my young students a 2″ circle to trace for the head, to give them a head start. … Read More

Klimt Tree of Life from Kuwait

This amazing Tree of Life artwork comes all the way from the Middle East. It’s a testament to the beauty of random coloring. Kristen D. wrote, “Hello, I just wanted to thank you so much for the brilliant tree project. I did this with my 5 year olds at Kuwait English School today and, although they didn’t follow the Color … Read More

Mona Lisa on Coffee Filters

Start this Mona Lisa art project for kids with liquid watercolor paints and permanent markers, and then paint on coffee filters. It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Large, industrial coffee filters will give you a colorful look for a fraction of the price. Mona Lisa PDF template, for tracing Mona Lisa PDF template, for … Read More

Circle Painting

This circle painting preschool project has a little structure, but still keeps an open end so that there is plenty of room to experiment. The circles also add an opportunity to share vocabulary words of “large, medium and small”. MATERIALS Watercolor or multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ or larger Round things to trace: CDs, yogurt cups, drinking cups Liquid Watercolor … Read More

How to Draw a Cake

When you are ready to learn how to draw a cake that looks more dimensional, try this. Start with ovals and add curves to make your drawing look good enough to eat! Tip: This would make a good drawing project for an art fundraiser service that offers custom greeting cards. What parent wouldn’t enjoy sending a birthday card with their … Read More

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Art Projects for Kids