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

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

Draw a Simple Snake

With just a little planning, you can draw a snake that looks like it’s wrapped around a branch. Perfect for a report about tree climbing snakes. This tutorial takes the idea of drawing the snake in front of the branch, and then erasing the parts that would not show through the snake. I’d recommend it for older elementary students unless … Read More

Draw a Pagoda

Learn how to draw a Pagoda in this step by step tutorial. A great chance to practice curvy symmetry, with those very interesting roof lines. A pagoda is a tiered building that can be found in Eastern Asia. Some are temples, but some are built just to continue their architectural history. If you are looking for more simple tutorials like … Read More

Draw an Elephant, Step by Step

An elephant drawing step by step tutorial that keeps things simple, yet realistic. Great for when you need to write a report about this amazing animal. There’s also a bit of a perspective lesson in that the two legs that are furthest away need to be just a bit shorter than the front ones. A small detail, but important one … Read More

Indian Elephant Drawing

I love how this elephant drawing for kids tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing part of an elephant. This is probably one of my all time most popular projects I have ever shared. I think it’s because drawing half the body is so much more manageable for most students. It’s also a natural for crayon resist … Read More

How to Draw a Tree

Here’s how to draw a tree in nine easy steps. Once you see the pattern involved, your trees will look much more life like. Make sure the branches are skinnier than the trunk, with pointy ends, and you’ll be off to a great start. For some reasons, the students I had tended to draw trees that looked more like planks … 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 Squishy Caterpillar

Here’s how to draw a caterpillar with a guaranteed squishy look. Start with the spine, add lines for sections, and have fun connecting them. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. Just be sure to draw lightly … 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

Draw Outer Space

Learn how to draw outer space with a project that has close shapes looking large, and faraway looking small. What better place to do that than in our own galaxy? It’s also the perfect time for a little watercolor resist as lots of white crayon stars and dots will really add the to outer space feel. Tip: For really dark … Read More

How to Draw a Dragon

One of my pet peeves is a how to draw a dragon tutorial that is supposed to be for kids, but is really much more appropriate for teenagers or adults. I created this tutorial for our school’s multicultural week, and it worked well for kinders through even 4th graders. Your drawing may of course be completed however you like, but … Read More

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