Model Magic Clown Fish

A clown fish craft is super easy if you start with Model Magic. It already comes in the perfect colors. MATERIALS • Model Magic, white and orange • Googly eyes DIRECTIONS 1. Each student started with a ball of orange. A small amount was set aside for the fins. The rest was rolled into a tube, and flattened a bit. … Read More

Model Magic Chameleon

My favorite material to sculpt with young students is Model Magic. You can mix it to make new colors, and it sticks to itself like nothing you have seen before. MATERIALS Crayola Model Magic: blue, yellow, white, black, red   DIRECTIONS I wanted students to mix up their own green, so they were given small golf ball sizes of blue, … Read More

Birthday Cake Collage

Years ago I was volunteering in my son’s 2nd grade class and two students went off to make a birthday card for a friend. I turned around to see this, and my view of what kids can create has never been the same. MATERIALS Donated paper from a stationary store Scissors Glue stick Card stock paper, folded in half to make … Read More

How to Draw a Skull, Super Easy

Learning how to draw a skull, be it for Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations, is not that hard if you break it down into steps. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Draw guide lines on paper. Draw skull as shown. Trace the drawing with the black marker. Add decorations and patterns with crayons. … Read More

Crazy Watercolor ATCs

 Lemon juice dropped on a watercolor art trading cards will make some pretty cool shapes if left to sit for a few minutes. Give it a few minutes to soak, dab away with a tissue, and some crazy shapes are left as a result. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper, cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC size • Dr. Ph. Martin’s paint … Read More

Mosaic Pumpkin Art

The best pumpkin lesson plans are easy for students of all ages. This mosaic pumpkin art with tape mean you only need scissors and tape. Anyone who has tried before to make a mosaic with paper, knows how hard it is to keep things neat and tidy. Working with tape eliminates all that, and just leaves a smooth surface. And … Read More

Leaf Art Trading Cards

 These leaves could be a study in the different types that live in your area. Add layers of markers and you’ll have some very colorful art.   MATERIALS Finger paint paper Paper cutter (recommended) Sharpie brush markers Black Sharpie marker Metallic markers Trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS Coated paper works great with the Sharpie markers. If you don’t have access to … Read More

Art Trading Cards for Kids

I have admired Art Trading Cards for years, amazed at what some dedicated artists can create on the very small 2.5″x 3.5″ format. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Paper cutter • Black Sharpie marker • Liquid watercolor paint • Crayons • Old phone book papers (for house collage) • Gelli pens • Various markers • Misc stencils DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut … Read More

Textured Chicken Painting

This simple chicken painting is a great project for beginners, say like kindergarten or so. Simple shapes to draw, yet easy to personalize with a crown or extra fancy feathers. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Circle template, a small cup or similar • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint • Salt DIRECTIONS 1. Students trace a small cup for a round … Read More

Mother’s Day Card

I’ve used this Mother’s Day Card idea for kinders for years and I’m still surprised at how nice they turn out, especially when colored with bright patterns. MATERIALS • White construction paper, 12″ x 18″ size • Black Sharpie marker’ • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut large white construction paper (12″ x 18″) in half to make panels of 6″ … Read More

Line Pattern Leaf

This Line Pattern Leaf could be simplified for kinder and 1st grade students. I drew my leaf and filled it in, but a large template to trace might help younger students get started. • View and download Line Leaf Template MATERIALS • Line Leaf print • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip DIRECTIONS PREP: Print one Line Leaf Template for each … Read More

Kinder Self Portraits on Canvas

Here’s my favorite way to make canvas art for fundraisers. This is a composite of 125 kinder self-portraits, all done with permanent markers on dry wax paper. It went up for sale at my school’s silent auction. • View and download Portraits on Canvas Tutorial MATERIALS • Stretched canvas • Dry wax paper, NOT wax paper  (Dry wax paper is found in … Read More

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