Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Trees

My goal for my watercolor students was to have them learn how to bleed colors together when they want, and keep them separate when they do not. This series of modern trees were easy to draw, and left lots of room for experimenting. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS I was inspired by Eloise Renouf’s Etsy store, and … Read More

Monochrome Watercolor Still Life

In this simple still life drawing, students are challenged to make as many values as they can with just one color and a little water. MATERIALS • Watercolor or Mixed media paper • Crayon • Watercolor paint tray • Brush • Bowl of water DIRECTIONS 1. On a chalk board, draw three simple still life shapes: the coffee cup, the wine … Read More

Paper Weaving ATC Cards

I’m calling this art trading card project a weaving sampler. it’s one way to introduce the very basic idea of “over and under” to young ones. MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Paper cutter • Scissors • Trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut lots of cardstock cards to measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ and lots of thin strips that are 2.5″ … Read More

Ancient Maps

I’ve found another use for my supply of dry wax paper. The paper is perfect for tracing, painting and crumbling, and in making map art projects for kids. MATERIALS Dry Wax Paper, found at Smart & Final and Amazon Laser print of a map  Sharpie markers, ultra fine tip Watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS A class was studying ancient Greece, so … Read More

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

Winter Birch Trees

This birch tree art project for kids uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make the textured midnight sky. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Masking tape • Scissors • Watercolor paint, blue • Table salt • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS 1. Tape a border around the edge of a square of watercolor paper with … 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

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

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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