Cubism Face with Markers

There’s more than one way to create a cubism for kids project. I like this one that uses the two-sided look of a face with bright bold markers. It’s also a easy way for students to draw self portraits. All they need to do is add their own hair for their own Picasso-style self portrait. MATERIALS Cubism Face PDF Tutorial … Read More

Easy Face Drawing Tutorial

Try this easy drawing tutorial to make sure your students fill their paper, and probably make a pretty cool abstract face at the same time. I used it with kinders for years, and fell in love with the Picasso-ish results. This project works great with all kinds of media, and creates a lot of big spaces that are easily colored … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo

My favorite Frida Kahlo for kids project is a simple portrait with a few key features. Draw her hair up, with flowers and classic heavy eyebrows, and there’s not much mistaking whose portrait you are drawing. Frida overcame many obstacles in her life, but she always found a way to continue making art. That’s a pretty good message for children … Read More

Paul Klee Castle Drawing

Paul Klee was an abstract artist who made lots of simple paintings that are fun to imitate. Students can create the look of his “Castle and Sun” painting by tracing geometric cardboard shapes, and then filling in with pencil crayons. This drawing is a good example of many of the Elements of Art. It uses Lines to make Shapes, that … Read More

Monet Water Lily Art Project

To create a Claude Monet art project, try painting his water lilies with watercolor and oil pastels. They both create very different textures, which is one of the Elements of Art. • Download Claude Monet’s Water Lilies Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor paper (For special occasions, try this Strathmore brand)* • Oil pastels: yellow, peach, pink, light green and white* • … Read More

Deluxe Mona Lisa Template

Here’s a fun Mona Lisa art project, starting with her very famous face and then filling in your own background with lines, just for contrast. This photoshopped face of Mona Lisa was originally posted quite a while ago, but only with the one main page to draw on. When I taught this project, I realized students needed more references to … Read More

Simple Cats to Draw

If you are looking for simple drawings for kids to copy, try sharing this “Jazzy Cat” painting. One of my students, Zack, was inspired to make this adorable drawing. I think it’s up there with my all time faves drawings by kids, and is even included in my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book on Amazon. The secret to having … Read More

A Starry Night Gallery

This is what makes blogging so incredibly rewarding, getting emails like this. “I’m a french ex-teacher who helps in the village where I live. Today and tomorrow we’re having an exhibition about houses in our villages and a second exhibition … showing what kids have done related to the houses. One of the project has been a collective work with … Read More

How to Draw eBook

Looking for a few How to Draw tutorials for your young artists? How about 200 of them? All in one ebook? Years of making tutorials for my after school classes has helped me discover what works best for those just beginning to draw. This giant ebook contains 200 projects that start with simple shapes students can most easily see, so … Read More

Tessellation Art for Kids

This tessellation art tracing that I made of Escher’s original has not just one or two, but THREE animal shapes that fit together without leaving any space. Incredible. And to think he went into graphic design because he failed his high school exams. I guess testing has been misreading artists for longer than I thought. This handout might be good … Read More

Easy Drawing for Rainy Weather

I often find some really easy things to draw at stock art websites. This windy umbrella idea was turned into this adorable painting by a talented little girl named Veronica, who was just in kindergarten. It’s one of my all time faves. This tutorial intentionally keeps the child looking as simple as possible so students can turn it into a … Read More

Easy Abstract Flower Art

Dissecting a drawing is one way to make some easy abstract art. And if you add shading, you get an even more sophisticated look. MATERIALS Drawing paper Ruler Pencil crayons (quality brands work best for shading)* *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra expense … Read More

How to Draw a Kimono

To learn how to draw a kimono that has lots of room for pretty patterns, just start with a large T shape. Add the sides and bands for color and you’re done. I’ve used this approach for both large oil pastel drawings and tempera paintings, even watercolor on transparent paper. It’s a good lesson in symmetry, and a great way … Read More

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