Fall Leaf Art with Crayons and Watercolor
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For this fall leaf art project, students were asked to let crayons and paint do what they do best – make patterns and lots of bright colors. This amazing leaf was created … Read More

Step by Step Pumpkin Painting
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Here is a look at my step by step pumpkin painting instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Vampire
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Students traced an old CD to help draw the head of this not-so-scary vampire. The hair could be shortened for a boy drawing, and the simple red cape make it easy to … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Draw a Black Cat
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Just in time for Halloween, how to draw a very easy, but very cute black cat. MATERIALS Download my Cartoon Black Cat Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial … Read More

Draw a Vampire Bat
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You can draw a Vampire bat without it being scary. In fact, they can be downright funny like this guy. Here’s a tutorial on how to draw this very friendly looking bat. … Read More

Positive and Negative Pumpkin
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I like how this is an example of using both positive and negative shapes, with some built in symmetry. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, cream and black, 8.5″ x 11″ • Scissors … Read More

Cartoon Alligator
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You can practice being a cartoon artist with this silly looking standing alligator. The big eyes get you off to a great start.   MATERIALS • Download Cartoon Alligator Tutorial • Drawing … Read More

Pattern Overlapping Snake
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Learning how to overlap shapes is the first step in making art have depth. Students start with drawing a large, overlapping snake. They fill it with crayon patterns and then watercolor paint … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Snake
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I’m finding that cartoon drawing is a great format for kids. Any unusual things that happen just seem to add character to the art. Large heads, lopsided bodies, it doesn’t matter. Since … Read More

Van Gogh’s Wheat Field
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To make a Vincent Van Gogh art project, try imitating his Wheat Field with Crows. It shows a dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows over a wheat field. The simple layout is … Read More

Cube Stick Drawing
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Turning a square into a cube is fundamental in learning how to draw with dimension. But for some reason, I often see students first draw the angled lines different lengths, which makes … Read More

Draw a Hamster
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My students love to draw cute animals with big eyes, so this hamster should go over pretty well for my next Cartoon Drawing class. • View and download Hamster Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing
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Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. MATERIALS Art journal or drawing paper Black marker, thick and ultra fine tip Markers, assorted colors Sharpie … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Raccoon
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Here’s one way to draw a simple but very cute cartoon raccoon. I found it to work really well with kinder through 5th graders. MATERIALS Draw Cartoon Raccoon PDF Tutorial Drawing paper … Read More

Collage Name Card
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This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name.   MATERIALS Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ Old magazines Glue stick Texture rubbing plates or plastic embroidery mesh … Read More

Super Hero Clothes Pin Dolls
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These Super Hero Clothes Pin Dolls may be more craftsy than artsy, but I keep finding that so many of my kids at the end of the day, just want to make … Read More

Stacked Turtles
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Here’s an idea for a fun and simple turtle painting. I experimented with the value of the blue background, and decided that I liked it much better when it was lighter. It’s … Read More

Paper Mache Owl
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My favorite purchase during a trip to Haiti was this paper mache owl (top right) that I’m told is painted with voodoo patterns. While I love the detail of it, I decided … Read More

Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape
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This kind of simple landscape lets chalk pastels do what they do best – make smudgy, soft colorful shapes.   MATERIALS Construction paper, orange or yellow Chalk pastels Spray fixative, if desired … Read More

Giant Chalk Pastel Portraits
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Acetate and Tissue Fall Tree
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Drawing a tree on acetate and placing it over a collage of tissue paper keeps the drawing nice and smooth. I’d like to try it again with torn paper as I bet … Read More

Scratch Art Leaf
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A scratch art drawing project calls for a different plan to account for the fact that kids cannot erase. I recommend some kind of tracing step to safely get your art onto the … Read More

Halloween Black Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Filling The Page
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If you want to help students break free from their tendency to make tiny art, ask them to make their subject matter touch the top and bottom of their paper. I’ve found … Read More

Cupcake Painting
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When you need a simple project for fundraisers, cupcake paintings have worked well for me. Most students have plenty of ideas about how they should look. My school holds an art fundraiser … Read More

Coffee Filter Tree Leaves
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Here’s an idea for using leftover textured paper from a Coffee Filter Tree Collage. I have a hard time throwing any of it away, it’s just too pretty. MATERIALS • Coffee Filters … Read More

Coffee Filter Trees with Grass
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Here’s another version of the Coffee Filter Collage only with grass added this time. I recommend telling students that their trees must touch the top of the paper and go off the … Read More

Coffee Filter Tree
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It’s easy and inexpensive to make some amazing coffee filter trees. Put them on some nice card stock paper and you have the makings of a beautiful fall collage. MATERIALS • Coffee … Read More

How to Draw a Cow
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Here is a pretty simple way to draw a cow, starting with just some very familiar shapes. This one was done with crayon and watercolor, but white tempera paint on blue paper … Read More

Sharpie on Acetate Pattern Leaf
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Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is … Read More

Draw a Bushel of Apples
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This is a good project for young artists because the basket is symmetrical, and the apples are easy to layer. If you can, try adding brown and yellow crayon lines to the … Read More

Leafy Butterflies
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This project was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book “Leaf Man”. A little technology helped me make dozens of flat, easy to cut and glue leaves. MATERIALS View and download Fall Leaf Photos … Read More

Draw a Romero Britto Cat
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Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. He had a modest childhood but today is an internationally renowned pop artist. Here is how to draw a cat in his fun … Read More

Pumpkin Art Made from Trash
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This pumpkin art truly turns trash into something beautiful. Use old bags for the soft inside, rubber bands to make the dents, and mache to make a smooth surface. MATERIALS • About … Read More

Draw a Fall Landscape
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Students can easily give their drawing perspective by making their blowing leaves in a variety of sizes. Add some dark marker lines and colorful crayon details and you have the makings of … Read More

Model Magic Mask
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This is simply some Model Magic applied to a white mask. If you take your time and add details on details, the look can be quite stunning. MATERIALS White Face Mask Model … Read More

Sara’s Mask
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Here’s an idea for an Art Party type project – applying Model Magic to a paper mache mask. This one was was made yesterday by Sara, who is just going into the … Read More

Draw a Country Barn
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Country barns are a great subject matter for fall artwork, so here’s a tutorial to save for the upcoming months. MATERIALS View and download Barn Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS … Read More

Lego Self Portrait
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The first art class of the year is often more of an intro to things, but I still like to offer a project that is creative and easy to finish. My plan … Read More

Me and My Goals Self-Portrait
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The beginning of a school year is a good time to declare goals. This project, inspired by a New Jersey middle school posting, allows students to draw themselves with just a focus on … Read More

Draw an Ornithomimus
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It turns out that a young Ornithomimus only had “dino fuzz”, while the adults grew actual feathers. How cool is that? • Ornithomimus Tutorial Download MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS … Read More

Draw a Mastodon
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Mastodons are an extinct group of mammal species, closely related to elephants. They look a lot like mammoths, they just have shorter legs, a longer body and more muscles. MATERIALS View and … Read More

Draw a Scarecrow Face
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Here’s a fun way to draw a scarecrow, and it’s easy enough for even most kinders. I highly recommend printing or drawing the light center guide lines though, before you start. They … Read More

Dinosaur Head
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Here’s a chance to draw dinosaur facial features: bumpy eyes, sharp teeth, etc. MATERIALS View and download Dino Head Tutorial  Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Draw the dinosaur according … Read More

Draw a Saurolophus
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The Saurolophus was a large, plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur. The next time your child or student asks how to draw one of these, you’ll know where to come! MATERIALS Download Draw a Saurolophus … Read More

Sitting Dragon
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Before you master drawing a flying dragon, you might want to try to draw a sitting one. This one is a little different with easy doglike feet instead of the complicated claw … Read More

Draw A Purple Dragon Head
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Dragon heads can get rather complicated, what with all the horns and spikes and things. I made this drawing in an effort to simplify it as much as possible. MATERIALS View and … Read More

Draw an Ankylosaurus
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The Ankylosaurus was a big dinosaur that featured huge plates of body armor to protect itself from attackers. • View and download Ankylosaurus Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: … Read More

Draw a Megalodon Shark
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The word Megalodon means “Big Tooth”. How big you might ask? How about 7″ long!  These were the largest and most dangerous killer sharks to ever live on earth. MATERIALS Draw a … Read More

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