How to Draw your Dad

Learn how to draw your dad in eight easy steps. Add the features that make him unique and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift. This cartoon style portrait simplifies lots of things, which is good, but you can still easily make adjustments to make your drawing as much like your father as possible. I recommend following the example of … Read More

Father’s Day DAD Card

Now this DIY Father’s Day card has a template that I thought some busy teachers might appreciate. Makes a great painting or Z fold card. There’s nothing like the combination of background tempera colors and oil pastel details on top. The two textures always look great together, and the pastels allow for some easy details to be added. MATERIALS D-A-D … Read More

What to Make for Father’s Day

Still not sure what to make for Father’s Day? For an artsy, colorful solution, bring out the markers and oil pastels. Messy, but beautiful. One of my readers, Laura T., shared her 2nd grader’s art with me. I love how colorful they look all side by side, they are so inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing them with me Laura! … Read More

Easy Father’s Day Craft

You can make an easy Father’s Day craft AND practice make all kinds of triangles at the same time. If you can treat yourself to the Sharpie Brush markers shown, give them a try. They truly are one of the best “painting” experiences you can have. The markers just glide on, never drip (or course) and leave some of the … Read More

Make a Cat Cartoon Drawing

If you can draw circles and ovals, you can make a very cute cartoon cat drawing. An oversized head gets you off to a great start. The other good thing about cartoon drawing? You can use any crazy colors you like. Design your cat with your favorite colors, or your least favorite and see what happens. If you like this … Read More

How to Draw a Bike

How to draw a bike, for kids that are more interested in mechanical projects. And because the world could always use more engineers and architects. If you want to connect with the most students possible, try to include some mechanical drawing subject matter in your lessons too. I’ve seen too many students who couldn’t care less about drawing faces and … Read More

How to Draw an Easy Rocket

Here’s a rocket drawing easy enough for even first graders to try. And since every rocket needs a window so you can draw yourself inside, right? If you are ready for an extra challenge, try shading the background from black to purple or blue. Sometimes even ordinary supplies, like crayons, can produce some pretty extraordinary results. For many more drawing … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Turtle

The secret to making a sea turtle drawing for kids look cute? Add extra large eyes. Works every time, and is actually easier to draw too. I like how this turtle is seen just from the side, so you can concentrate on his simple profile. It also gives you a chance to show that he has flippers instead of the … Read More

How to Draw the Eiffel Tower

I’ve found that most How to Draw the Eiffel Tower tutorials out there are either overly simple or overly complex. I made this one to find a happy medium.  Luckily, the Eiffel Tower is made from lots of straight black beams, which are fairly easy to draw if you break them down into layers. Follow my tutorial to get the … Read More

Draw an Easy Raccoon

Here’s one way to draw a raccoon with some very easy and simple shapes. Color it well so those bandit eyes really stand out. Be sure to fold the paper in half twice to get those center guidelines. Making the bottom of the head sit on the center line will guarantee a racoon that fills the paper. If you like … Read More

Draw an Ice Cream Cone

No need to draw an ice cream cone with just a circle and triangle. Try this soft serve version on a waffle cone with lots of swirly colors. Drawing a waffle cone as shown is also good practice for turning a flat shape into a round looking form. Just a few curved lines at the top and bottom will do … Read More

Draw a Beach

Learn how to draw a beach with a few fun extra items. An umbrella, pail and ball will tell everyone exactly where you are. Even the simplest of drawings can ooze charm, when drawn by children. Keep the shapes simple, encourage diligent coloring and you’ll probably end up with a lovely little masterpiece to frame yourself! Wish you had more … Read More

Draw a Seagull

Here’s a pretty simple way to make a seagull drawing. His turned head lets you draw his body as large as possible, so be sure to fill that paper with your bird. You can use this turned head position with any bird, especially those with long beaks. It’s a small detail, but makes a nice composition, and adds a bit … Read More

Draw a Tiger Face

If you can draw an oval, curves and triangles, then you can learn how to draw a tiger face. This cute tiger is composed of some simple shapes that even most kinders are familiar with. By keeping drawing projects simple and symmetrical, they will support the confidence of children as they learn to draw and explore more of their abilities. … Read More

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

Hundertwasser Portraits

Make an abstract self portrait drawing in the style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a famous Austrian artist. He had an amazing life story, narrowly escaping the Nazi regime in World War II, and becoming an advocate for a life more in tune with nature. If you like this tutorial, you might also like the projects found in my “Self Portrait” ebook … 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

Pizza! Pizza! Easy Felt Food Craft for Kids

Learn how to make a pizza with this easy felt food crafts for kids project. The best part? The ingredients cling together without the use of any messy glue. To make this project special, find a way to keep the pizzas in a box. Ask for a donation from a local pizza shop, or search online at Amazon. There are … Read More

How to Draw a Windmill

Learn how to draw a windmill … on a paper plate.  It’s in the style of Danish art, costs pennies, and makes for a great display. This clever idea to paint a windmill on a paper plate comes from Dream, Draw, Create. It’s another great alternative when you don’t have good watercolor paper to work with. I found these uncoated … Read More

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