Serie-Golo Animals to Draw

If you like funny cartoon faces, go over the Serie-Golo.com and shop their amazing murals. Their art is simply too adorable not to try to draw yourself. MATERIALS Serie-Golo PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Stabilo markers   DIRECTIONS Print Serie-Golo tutorial for each student. Students draw the animals according to the tutorial. The animals are traced with a black marker, and then filled in with your favorite colors. Note: This post contains an affiliate link. … Read More

Birch Tree Paintings on Canvas

It’s easy to make birch tree paintings on canvas … if you use markers instead. Add a mini homemade craft stick easel and you have a special holiday gift. I recommend this project for those as young as 2nd grade, but probably not any lower. It is rather easy to have the markers smear while you color, and the younger you go the harder it is for students to be aware of that while … Read More

Line Art Project Leaves

 OK, this is my new favorite line art project. Students learn to make leaves transparent by drawing them only with lines. These students are 1st graders and they really took their time and drew LOTS of lines. I think having quality markers made all the difference. MATERIALS Drawing paper Leaf stencils, or templates cut from posterboard Stabilo Markers, or other medium tip markers DIRECTIONS Students trace a leaf with a pencil. They add a … Read More

Harvest Banners from Willits, CA

 Thanks so much to Baechtel Grove Middle School in Willits, CA for sharing their work-in-progress Harvest banners. They look amazing! I recently made this new Harvest Banner template for my PDF shop after seeing how popular my hand drawn post was. I know that not everyone can sketch out giant ears of Indian corn, or even has time to, so I thought a template might be helpful. What want to thank this teacher for is … Read More

Christmas Bundle Sale

Stock up and save on Christmas decorations with my Christmas Bundle Mural Sale. Buy SEVEN mural templates, including a brand new one, for $15. Sale ends Wednesday, Nov. 15 at midnight PST. • Victorian Town Mural  24 pages, measures 60″ x 28″ when complete • Matisse Christmas Mural  24 pages, measures 28″ x 60″ • Nutcracker Mural  28 pages, measures 30″ x 70″ • NEW! Starry Night Christmas Tree Mural  25 pages, measures 36″ x 48″ • Nativity … Read More

American Flag Coloring Page

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’d like to share an American Flag coloring page. It calls for some careful coloring to keep the red strips red, and the white strips white but can look pretty striking when complete. • View and download USA Flag Coloring Page PDF MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Oil pastels or crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Print a flag page for each student. 2. The flag is colored in with red, navy … Read More

Cardinal Cardboard Craft

My love of cardboard crafts with yarn keeps growing. This brilliant idea comes from I Heart Crafty Things, I just added the pipecleaner legs. MATERIALS Old, clean corrugated cardboard, about 10″ x 5″ rectangles Bird template (PDF shared here) Yarn Utility scissors Felt, black and yellow Googly eye Feathers Craft glue Pipe cleaners Decorative string Embroidery needle DIRECTIONS PREP: I cut a bird shape for each student as it takes a sharper scissors than … Read More

New Harvest Banner, $5 PDF Template

Now you can make your own Indian corn harvest banners for home, school or festivals with my latest PDF mural template. Buy it once and create as many giant ears of Indian corn that you could every possibly need. My sample has pretty realistic colors, but you could go abstract too with bright random colors. The simple corn shape will lend itself to all kinds of possibilities. Two template versions are included: one that … Read More

Folded Air Dry Clay Owl

I’ve tried more air dry clay projects than I can even remember, and this owl that has definitely had the best rate of success with all age students. No tiny parts that can fall off, and the folding ends up making it even stronger. Add a hole or a hook on back for an easy display. MATERIALS Air dry clay, terra cotta Old Yogurt lids Plastic wrap Old marker caps Small sticks to make … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Woman

The simplification that comes with cartoon characters is perfect for children of all ages. No worries about proportion totally helps too. MATERIALS • Draw a Cartoon Woman PDF Tutorial • Color printer • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons or markers   DIRECTIONS PREP: Download and print a tutorial for each student. Print paper with guidelines, or have students fold paper to make creases. 1. Students draw the cartoon woman according to the … Read More

Matchbox Owl Art Project

My matchbox art projects all start with an origami box and sleeve template that I am happy to share. Making little things to go inside is half the fun. MATERIALS Matchbox PDF Tutorial and Template White card stock paper, 67 lb. Printer Scissors or paper cutter Sharpie black marker, ultra fine tip Glue stick Stabilo markers (great tips and lots of different colors) Woodsies, ovals and circles Craft glue   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print a … Read More

Picasso Monsters

Mix a little Picasso art history and Halloween fun by drawing a cubism face with clip art eyes. Mismatched eyes, that is. MATERIALS Pycomall, sheet of Cartoon Eyes $8 Color printer Color printing paper for the eyes Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip Crayons DIRECTIONS Those on a budget could use magazine eyes, but I had too many kids to chance that they could all find some. I found a place called Pycomall.com … Read More

Positive / Negative Pumpkins

I like how this project requires students to think symmetrically, but still allows for plenty of creativity with the final marker lines. MATERIALS Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″, assorted colors Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″, black Scissors Glue sticks Black Sharpie marker Silver Sharpie marker   DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut a half black sheet for each student. I recommend that you (the teacher) demonstrate and work along with the students. They need to … Read More

Dia De Los Muertos Display

Sent from a reader recently: “Thought you might like to see this pic. I do an altar display every year with a printmaking project. Do you see your grid mural?!  Thank you, Laurie B. Willits, CA Thank you Laurie, that is one incredible Day of the Dead display, I can see why you are so proud of your students!  – Kathy • Link to Day of the Dead Mural Template in my PDF Shop

Crankenstein

Teach kinders and up how to draw a face with LOTS of crankiness, thanks to this very funny new children’s book, “Crankenstein”, by Samantha Berger. Crankenstein can be drawn with some very simple shapes, and show students how to create a very expressive face. MATERIALS “Crankenstein” book, by Samantha Berger Watercolor paper, if you can afford it, or multimedia paper Old cardboard for templates Sharpie chisel tip marker, black Crayons Liquid watercolor paint, green … Read More

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