Draw a Farm

This how to draw a farm tutorial was inspired by the Becker Middle School blog. They took more of a map like approach to drawing a farm with lots of fields, trees, etc. Challenge your students to create their own fields in all the divided up areas. Different crops have different colors, all which make for a much more interesting … Read More

Simple Dinosaur Drawings

Keep your simple dinosaur drawing small, say trading card size, and then make a page of them.  It’s the start of your own fun dinosaur collection. If you liked the brown paper and Sharpie paint marker look used in my fossil drawing project, then you’ll probably like this one too. It’s another reason to save and invest in those special … Read More

Warhol Hand Prints

Here’s one easy way to make an Andy Warhol themed art project for kids. Combine his love of color and repetition, and a child’s personal hand print for a special pop art keepsake. The watercolor background (quick drying time) allowed for this project to be done in one class. For best results, try to get the good stuff. The colors … Read More

Draw a Koala Bear

Learn how to draw a koala bear, and then add a baby. This may look detailed, but it’s really just one bear drawn in two sizes. If you’d rather keep things simple, just draw the larger bear and add more bamboo trees in the background. The point is to keep things fun, until you are ready for a new challenge. … Read More

Draw a Tugboat

Use some very basic shapes to draw a tugboat in eight simple steps. Then learn how to make two shades of blue with one crayon. I love how this tugboat manages to look cute and simple at the same time. If you like this tutorial, I have 200 more just like it in my “How to Draw” ebook that is … Read More

Draw a Race Car

Learn how to draw a race car in eight easy steps. Its triangular shape and large wheels makes it different than your average car. • View and download Race Car Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial … Read More

Happy Mother’s Day Drawing

Here’s a Happy Mother’s Day drawing idea that could easily be adjusted for more siblings. Just add more babies on the branch. MATERIALS Mommy and Baby Bird Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Crayons* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be … Read More

Mother’s Day Projects to Paint

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day projects to paint, there’s none sweeter than a mother and baby giraffe. Except maybe a mother and baby with hearts flowing in between them. MATERIALS Mother Giraffe Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Brown crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you … Read More

Mother’s Day Card

If you are looking for a Mother’s Day Cards for kids to make, this one checks all the boxes: artsy, colorful, and even stands up for display. There are two easy ways to make this card, and you can let your supplies and/or time to prep dictate which way to go. One: Cut down a large sheet of white construction … Read More

Bumblebee Watercolor Painting

This simple bee drawing was inspired by a stock art image. The black permanent marker guarantees crisp lines, the white crayon adds a little extra sparkle. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) • Sharpie marker, fine point* • Liquid watercolor paint* • White crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through … Read More

Air Dry Clay Cupcake

Thought I had to give up one of my favorite clay modeling ideas when my kiln went down. Not true, this air dry clay works just fine. MATERIALS • Air dry clay • Silicone cupcake liners* • Acrylic paint *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at … Read More

Model Magic Cupcakes

Once you start looking for Model Magic ideas, you’ll see why cupcakes were a topic I came back to again and again. Save this one for Mother’s Day, or some other event that calls for a special project. To make your Model Magic stretch as far as possible, have students make hollow cupcakes. This is done by forming a bowl … Read More

Mini Kandinsky Diamond Painting

A fun and easy abstract art project for kids is to use brush Sharpie markers on mini canvases. It feels like you’re painting with the world’s brightest colors. The best part of this design is that you only need two center pencil lines to start. The rest can all be free hand lines drawn directly with the marker. I recommended … Read More

Mini Canvas Kandinsky Circle Painting

Mini painting ideas call for images that can be forgiving. Kandinsky’s circle art is perfect for even young artists to imitate. For special occasions, try a batch of Sharpie Brush Markers and mini canvases. The color will just glide on and pop on that white background. One of my favorite after school classes was a mini canvas session with kinder through … Read More

How to Draw Aliens

This tutorial for how to draw aliens encourages a mixing of eyes, hands and feet. After all, who really knows what an alien might look like? It’s a good direct draw project for the very young as aliens can be whatever they imagine them to look like. If you like this drawing project, there are 200 more like it in … Read More

Step-by-Step Rooster Drawing

This step by step rooster drawing is great for kinders as it talks about circles, squares and triangles. Add some crayon lines before you paint and you get a very pretty watercolor resist rooster. MATERIALS • View and download Rooster Tutorial • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Half circle and square templates for young students (optional) • Permanent Sharpie marker … Read More

Free Butterfly Printable

Searching for a butterfly printable for symmetrical coloring practice? Here’s a butterfly drawing I created a while back that is free to download. MATERIALS Download PDF Butterfly template Drawing paper Printer Crayons or markers DIRECTIONS Download the Butterfly template from the link above. Print the line drawing on your printer. Copy as needed for art or science projects. For a … Read More

How to Draw a Snake

Here’s how to draw a snake that looks like he is all coiled up. Add some texture by rubbing with a crayon when you are done. MATERIALS Download Coiled Snake Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons Animal Skins Rubbing Plates *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, … Read More

Easy Easter Bunny Drawing

Here’s an easy Easter bunny drawing that is fun for kids of all ages. He’s sitting up, which makes it easy to add a basket in his paw.   Try tracing the marker lines with a crayon, just to add some extra texture and color. MATERIALS View and download Easter Bunny Tutorial Watercolor Paper Black Sharpie Crayons Liquid watercolor paint … Read More

Model Magic Snail

This snail craft was inspired by a cake decoration found over on Pinterest. I love how simple it is to make something look real,  just maybe prettier colors. The simple little creations found in cake decorating sites are perfect for kids to imitate with Model Magic instead of fondant. Pinterest and cake decorating are my “go to” searches when I … Read More

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