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

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

Paint a Terrarium

Here’s a simple flower painting project, one that is pretty AND educational for students studying plant life. I’ve used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in the spring. The jar makes a nice frame for the artwork, and the root technique is a nice introduction to what I call, the “white crayon trick”. Terrarium Template Pattern View and download Terrarium Tutorial   MATERIALS Watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″ Terrarium template, … Read More

Draw a Romero Britto Cat

Romero Britto was born in Brazil and had a modest childhood. Today he is an internationally renowned pop artist. Here is a pop art project in his fun and unique style. MATERIALS View and download Britto Cat Tutorial Paper (Finger paint paper recommended for brightest colors) Pencil Markers (Mr. Sketch recommended) Marker, Black chisel tip Sharpie   DIRECTIONS Draw cat in pencil. It will be a little difficult to erase on the finger paint … Read More

Mini Clothespin Craft Cars

This mini clothespin craft project makes little cars with wheels that really spin, even if they are a bit wobbly. The best part is that you don’t need any glue to put them together. My toothpicks were the perfect fit for the button holes. MATERIALS Mini clothespins Wooden buttons Toothpicks Utility scissors DIRECTIONS Stick one toothpick into a button. It should fit firmly (try other little mini dowels if not). For the back wheel, stick … Read More

Coffee Filter Art with Hot Air Balloons

My favorite new coffee filter art is this hot air balloon project. These were made by kinder and 1st graders this week. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (necessary for making the clouds) Coffee filter Liquid watercolor paint Brown card stock paper Glue stick Sharpie marker Paper towels Scissors Plastic sleeve Templates for balloon shape, optional   DIRECTIONS CLASS ONE: Students placed coffee filter on a plastic sleeve and paint with watercolor. The filter is allowed to … Read More

Easy Printmaking with Bubble Wrap

For an easy printmaking project, try using bubble wrap. It’s a great way to repurpose old materials and make a colorful print too. MATERIALS Art journal or 6″ x 9″ drawing paper Bubble wrap Acrylic paint Paper plate Paint brush Pencil crayons Paper towels   DIRECTIONS I cut panels of bubble wrap that were smaller than the journal pages so that the paint wouldn’t go all the way to the edges. 1. The students … Read More

Pattern Coil Snake

This spiral snake has been one of my most popular pattern art projects. Use my template to print on cardstock, instead of tracing on to paper plates. • Download Pattern Snake PDF file MATERIALS • Pattern Snake PDF • Printer • Markers • Scissors DIRECTIONS 1. Kinder students and older can color in this snake from head to tail and identify their coloring pattern (A-B-A-B, or A-B-C, or A-A-B-B, etc.). The easiest way is … Read More

Newsprint Collage Cat

This cat is one of my favorite paper collage for kids projects. I love the look of newspaper with only small type, but realized it would be difficult for 150 kinders to all find their own. Solution? Technology to the rescue with a scanner, printer and parchment paper. This project is for new kinders so body and head template lines are included in the linked PDF template. • Newspaper Cat PDF Template for TK … Read More

Chinese New Year Snake Tutorial

Did you know Chinese New Year crafts can come from office supplies? They helped me make this project with about 400 first through fourth graders for about $45. For the advanced origami lover, my sample snake above was made with two long strips that had nine 11″ lengths glued together as shown in the photo. If you like the gradated color, this how it is achieved. This length though is rather long for little … Read More

Draw an Easy Rose

This “Draw a Rose” tutorial has long been one of my most popular. I like how it has enough detail to make the flower look dimensional, but not so much to make it difficult for young artists. I hope it encourages a few more handmade cards, and a few less run-of-the mill, pre-made ones. • View and Download Rose Tutorial MATERIALS • Print of Rose Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie • Oil … Read More

Finish the Valentine Face

Start with a print of heart glasses, and draw a face around it. Could be boy or girl or cat or dog? The large size forces students to draw big.   MATERIALS • View and download Heart Glasses PDF Drawing paper Color printer Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print a Heart Glasses page for each student. Students draw the face above and below the glasses. The drawing is traced with a black marker. … Read More

Paper Craft Roosters

My favorite paper crafts for kids involve making something three dimensional. Learning how to cut and bend so things stand up is a valuable skill. This idea comes from a French website, Zaubette. I simplified some of the shapes, but the brilliant originality must be credited to them. I just love the way they made the open beak/mouth. It’s simple but adds so much personality. MATERIALS Cardstock paper, assorted colors, 8.5″ x 11″ Poster … Read More

Pattern Cat with Markers

This project is one of my most pinned art lesson ideas. I think it’s because of the all the simple shapes and rich colors. One of my favorite combinations is Sharpies on fingerpaint paper. The color just glides on and it has a rich shine to it when you are finished. The only catch is that it is tricky to draw on as pencil lines are difficult to erase. For that reason, especially for … Read More

Clothespin Craft Peacock

My clothespin crafts for kids after school class got to dig into my feather stash to make peacocks. Googly eyes and string finished off the look. I have this insane collection of fancy feathers from a tutu-making mom who retired. I’ve been holding out on using them from just any old project, and I’m glad I did. MATERIALS Clothespins, wooden flat type Colored string Hot glue gun and glue Craft glue Markers Googly eyes … Read More

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