Draw Amsterdam Buildings

Building drawings for kids tend to focus on traditional American shapes. I love the facades like these in Amsterdam. They have very different profiles and details (the tops especially are pretty much a study in symmetry), not to mention water canal surroundings. This tutorial includes many of these unusual Danish details, without getting too intricate. If you like this drawing … Read More

Draw a Running Rabbit

Add some action to your cute rabbit drawing with this one that is running through the grass. MATERIALS Running Rabbit PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, fine tip* Crayons* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra expense to you. DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for … Read More

Draw a Baby Lion

For a lion drawing step by step tutorial with super cute results, try this baby lion with an oversized head. Super easy and super simple to do. MATERIALS View and download Baby Lion Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, fine tip* Crayons* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small … Read More

Draw a Cement Truck

There are many ways to learn how to draw a truck. This tutorial is for a cement truck, which has a different type of back end. Cement trucks have lots of moving parts, but they don’t have to be hard to draw. An angled oval and maybe an extra wheel are all you need. If you like this drawing project, … Read More

How to Draw a Hamster

Would you like to learn how to draw a hamster that is super cute? Make the eyes big and shiny and add a shy smile, for starters. Then make him or her stand on their back legs and you can easily start to see a cartoon character. Add some clothes and you’ve got the makings of an adorable story! MATERIALS … Read More

How to Draw a Ladybug

Learn how to draw a ladybug with more detail than just a red body and some black spots. There’s a lot more to them than that. Mix a little science and art by drawing a ladybug with all her cool details. For starters, did you know her seven black dots are symmetrical, and her legs have sections and curved feet? … Read More

How to Draw a Shark

Once you learn how to draw a shark with this step by step tutorial, add some realism with a little watercolor paint. If you paint his top a shadowy black, and then the sides a watery gray, you end up with a very dimensional, and striking, shark painting. Make sure you have a good small brush and use just a … Read More

How to Draw a Cicada

Learn how to draw a cicada and then paint its fuzzy body and transparent wings. Simple crayons and watercolor do the job amazingly well. Cicadas are known for the loud buzzing that males make to attract females. I grew up with them in the midwest, and nothing said summer more than listening to cicadas as I fell asleep each night. … Read More

Draw 3D Buildings

This 3D drawing step by step tutorial is an excellent example of how to turn flat shapes into dimensional forms (as in squares into cubes). Once students learn how to draw these dimensional shapes, they can then create their own fun and creative cityscape. TIP: You could work with just blank white paper, but starting with a light grid is … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait

Looking for abstract self portrait ideas? Try drawing extra large features so you can color the different areas different colors. Instead of getting stuck trying to make the “perfect” eyes or nose or mouth, try generalizing those shapes, so you can spend more time on your hair and clothes. You’ll be left with a face with large closed shapes that … Read More

San Miguel Arcangel Mission Project

Make your San Miguel Arcangel mission project a special drawing, with the help of a step by step tutorial and some architectural drawing advice. Start by printing a dot grid on brown paper to help you draw straight lines, add a step-by-step tutorial, and finish with your best pencil crayons. All will support each other in making a precise drawing … Read More

Easy Unicorn Drawing for all Ages

To support the current craze, here’s an easy unicorn drawing project with step-by-step instructions. Best colors for painting? Rainbow, of course. Of all the tricky animal bodies to draw, I think horse-shaped ones rank near the top. With the bend and curve of the legs, it’s just plain tricky to get them to look right. The solution? A tutorial that … Read More

Sharpie Art Light Switch

Use a light switch cover for your next Sharpie art project, and you’ll have a fun addition to any room that features your own custom art. All kinds of Sharpies will work on these covers, but to get some nice thick links and solid coloring, try the Sharpie Brush Markers. They really are like the perfect blend of a marker … Read More

Draw a Simple Truck

You can make a simple truck drawing by putting a few basic shapes together. Follow this tutorial and draw one like my sample, or design your own. For some extra fun, add some seasonal things in the truck bed. Flowers, pumpkins, see what you can think up. If you like this drawing project, there are 200 more like it in … Read More

Planet Drawing Fun

It’s been a planet drawing week at my school, thanks to recent eclipse. It provided the perfect subject matter for a new metallic marker project. If you’ve never tried metallic markers before, they make drawing pretty mesmerizing, and are not that terribly expensive. I’ve yet to see a student that isn’t excited by the look they can create. Have some … Read More

Draw a Cute and Easy Car

Let’s face it, Volkswagen Beetle cars are cute. Here’s an easy car drawing step by step tutorial to help you make one with it’s very unique profile. Note: Another reader just emailed me about how useful the guidelines (those dashed lines in my tutorial) have been for her students. They really help students place their lines more accurately on the … Read More

How to Draw a Gorilla

Here’s how to make a gorilla face drawing with a little attitude. If you follow my tutorial, I’ve found that even kinders can make a pretty mean looking work of art. Starting this drawing with a rounded rectangle will help you get that big head, no neck look that most gorillas have. Add a lopsided mouth and angry eyes and … Read More

Draw the California State Bird

Learn how to draw the California State Bird, who kind of looks like he has a little too much of everything – feathers, markings, etc. Also known as the valley quail, the California quail became the official state bird in 1931. As prized game bird, it is known for its hardiness and adaptability. If you need some help drawing this fellow, my … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Shell

Just in time for summer fun, a new tutorial for how to draw sea shells. Color them realistically, or with your favorite colors. When  you can’t draw from real life, try using this tutorial for drawing a few different types of seashells. After all, they are symmetrical by nature, and rather fun to add your own design to. If you like … Read More

Lego Self Portraits

Mix pop culture into your art class with a Lego self portrait project. Younger students can customize a template, and older ones can draw one from scratch. Make it a Lego week at your school and use the template below for kinder through 1st / 2nd grade project, and the tutorial for 1st / 2nd through 5th. Younger students concentrate … Read More

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