Bird in a Cage Tutorial

Here’s my tutorial on my “Bird in a Cage” watercolor project from earlier this week. I’m growing really fond of using both permanent markers and crayons before painting as you get the boldness of the marker lines plus the “artsy” look of the crayons. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Sharpie marker Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS 1. Draw an upside down … 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

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

Paul Klee City on Acetate

Paul Klee’s City Painting is the perfect picture to try with acetate and oil pastels. Simple shapes yet rich colors on a dark background. A pretty potent combination. MATERIALS • Acetate, 8.5″ x 11″ • Copy paper • Download Grid Paper • Black Sharpie marker • Black card stock paper • Oi pastels (I prefer the Portfolio brand for their … 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

Make a Dinosaur Fossil

 Kinders in California learn about dinosaurs every spring. This project is a great combination of art and science. MATERIALS • Clay • Plastic dinosaurs • Cardboard, 5″ square • Card stock paper • Stapler DIRECTIONS 1. Students staple their strip of paper into a ring, overlapping about an inch. With the paper ring laying on the cardboard, they should make … 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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Art Projects for Kids