Make a Cat Cartoon Drawing

If you can draw circles and ovals, you can make a very cute cartoon cat drawing. An oversized head gets you off to a great start. The other good thing about cartoon drawing? You can use any crazy colors you like. Design your cat with your favorite colors, or your least favorite and see what happens. If you like this … Read More

How to Draw a Bike

How to draw a bike, for kids that are more interested in mechanical projects. And because the world could always use more engineers and architects. If you want to connect with the most students possible, try to include some mechanical drawing subject matter in your lessons too. I’ve seen too many students who couldn’t care less about drawing faces and … Read More

3D Miro Painting

Here’s a fun Joan Miro art lesson that calls for a few supplies. It’s a great time to imitate Miro’s simple shapes, just like those found in his surrealist paintings. There are even some Common Core applications for this Joan Miro lesson. Cutting the needed yarn will … “Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions using a visual fraction model.” MATERIALS … Read More

How to Draw an Easy Rocket

Here’s a rocket drawing easy enough for even first graders to try. And since every rocket needs a window so you can draw yourself inside, right? If you are ready for an extra challenge, try shading the background from black to purple or blue. Sometimes even ordinary supplies, like crayons, can produce some pretty extraordinary results. For many more drawing … Read More

Make your Own Oscar Statue

Make your own own Oscar statue, with just a few humble craft items: baby food jar, tuna can, air dry clay and paint. Preferably with glitter, of course. This was a second grade class project at the request of a comedian parent who needed to give out some fun awards awhile back. These little statues were so well received that … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Turtle

The secret to making a sea turtle drawing for kids look cute? Add extra large eyes. Works every time, and is actually easier to draw too. I like how this turtle is seen just from the side, so you can concentrate on his simple profile. It also gives you a chance to show that he has flippers instead of the … Read More

Minecraft Selfies

There are many great Minecraft art projects all over on Pinterest, but I am going to have my students simply draw a self portrait, with the help of a pre-printed grid. Makes for a great back to school project, especially if names are added at the top or on their clothes. I love how this will add some math to … Read More

How to Draw Perspective Landscape

Here’s a simple landscape tutorial that illustrates how to draw perspective with a vanishing point. It shows just how much space can be implied in your drawing, simply by paying attention to lines and scale. The road that narrows, and the trees that get smaller and smaller, all add up to a scene with a very distant look. If you … Read More

How to Draw the Eiffel Tower

I’ve found that most How to Draw the Eiffel Tower tutorials out there are either overly simple or overly complex. I made this one to find a happy medium.  Luckily, the Eiffel Tower is made from lots of straight black beams, which are fairly easy to draw if you break them down into layers. Follow my tutorial to get the … Read More

Draw an Easy Raccoon

Here’s one way to draw a raccoon with some very easy and simple shapes. Color it well so those bandit eyes really stand out. Be sure to fold the paper in half twice to get those center guidelines. Making the bottom of the head sit on the center line will guarantee a racoon that fills the paper. If you like … Read More

Draw an Ice Cream Cone

No need to draw an ice cream cone with just a circle and triangle. Try this soft serve version on a waffle cone with lots of swirly colors. Drawing a waffle cone as shown is also good practice for turning a flat shape into a round looking form. Just a few curved lines at the top and bottom will do … Read More

Draw a Plesiosaurus

Learn how to make a Plesiosaur drawing with this unique tutorial. It lets you imagine what he looks like both in and out of the water. It’s a great way to see all of his body in his natural surroundings. Also, if you like this tutorial, there are many more like it in my “Draw Dinos and Dragons” ebook in … Read More

Draw a Beach

Learn how to draw a beach with a few fun extra items. An umbrella, pail and ball will tell everyone exactly where you are. Even the simplest of drawings can ooze charm, when drawn by children. Keep the shapes simple, encourage diligent coloring and you’ll probably end up with a lovely little masterpiece to frame yourself! Wish you had more … Read More

Draw a Seagull

Here’s a pretty simple way to make a seagull drawing. His turned head lets you draw his body as large as possible, so be sure to fill that paper with your bird. You can use this turned head position with any bird, especially those with long beaks. It’s a small detail, but makes a nice composition, and adds a bit … Read More

Edward Hopper Landscape Tutorial

Teach simple watercolor techniques with this Edward Hopper for kids art project. Students will enjoy making this lovely landscape in his style. This simple tutorial resembles Edward Hopper’s Lighthouse Hill painting. The simple home and lighthouse are easy to draw, which also makes for easy painting. If you have students that are ready to add shadows to their work, this … Read More

Draw a Tiger Face

If you can draw an oval, curves and triangles, then you can learn how to draw a tiger face. This cute tiger is composed of some simple shapes that even most kinders are familiar with. By keeping drawing projects simple and symmetrical, they will support the confidence of children as they learn to draw and explore more of their abilities. … Read More

Draw a Farm

This how to draw a farm tutorial was inspired by the Becker Middle School blog. They took more of a map like approach to drawing a farm with lots of fields, trees, etc. Challenge your students to create their own fields in all the divided up areas. Different crops have different colors, all which make for a much more interesting … Read More

Hundertwasser Portraits

Make an abstract self portrait drawing in the style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a famous Austrian artist. He had an amazing life story, narrowly escaping the Nazi regime in World War II, and becoming an advocate for a life more in tune with nature. If you like this tutorial, you might also like the projects found in my “Self Portrait” ebook … Read More

Simple Dinosaur Drawings

Keep your simple dinosaur drawing small, say trading card size, and then make a page of them.  It’s the start of your own fun dinosaur collection. If you liked the brown paper and Sharpie paint marker look used in my fossil drawing project, then you’ll probably like this one too. It’s another reason to save and invest in those special … Read More

How to Draw a Fossil

Learn how to draw a fossil, and use some of today’s newer art materials to make the process as fun as possible. Paint markers and brown paper do the trick. Granted, these fossils drawn with some special art room supplies (paint markers) but if you can save for them, they are just THE most fun to draw with on any … Read More

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