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

Draw a Velociraptor
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Next to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor is the world’s most famous meat-eating dinosaur. To me he just looks like a skinnier version of him. • View and download Velociraptor Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper … Read More

Hundertwasser Style Portrait
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Here’s project that asks students to see themselves in a very abstract way, and creates a colorful display most teachers appreciate for their classrooms. Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had an amazing life, … Read More

Draw a Red Dragon
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This might be one of the easier ways to draw a dragon – a simple profile, no twisting and turning. He can, of course, be colored any color. I’m just running out … Read More

Draw a Spiked Dragon
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My students have often asked me how to draw a dragon, so I put together this tutorial. I think it’s only fair to add a disclaimer that irregular curvy lines are trickier … Read More

Draw a Pterodactyl
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Pterodactyls are the world’s most familiar pterosaurs, or flying reptiles. The largest species attained wingspans of up to 30 feet, much larger than any flying birds alive today. MATERIALS • Download Pterodactyl … Read More

Draw a Triceratops
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The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face. Make sure your dinosaur has all three horns. MATERIALS View and download Triceratops Tutorial Drawing … Read More

Draw a Spinosaurus
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Did you know that the Spinosaurus was larger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex and may have been the largest carnivorous (meat eating) dinosaur ever? MATERIALS View and download Spinosaurus Tutorial Drawing paper Black … Read More

Divide a CD into 6 Sections
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I have a few tips to help students divide a CD into six sections. They involve a bit of “eyeball” measuring, but will be accurate enough for a nice color wheel. I … Read More

3D City Buildings
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Students learn how to turn a rectangle into a 3D form in this drawing project. It’s great for reviewing right angles, parallel lines, shapes vs. forms and more. 1. Cut nine 2.5″ … Read More

CD Color Wheel
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I may try this extended color wheel with some of my older students this fall, specifically those that are working on their Recycled Art Journals. It would remind them of the basic … Read More

Draw a T-Rex
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Tyrannosaurus Rex is possibly the most well known dinosaur due to its huge size, ferocious nature and regular appearances in movies. MATERIALS View and download T-Rex Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker … Read More

Draw a Parasaur Dinosaur
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Parasaurs were herbivores and had large head crests they used for trumpeting. They weighed 3.5 tons, or about as much as a van. MATERIALS View and download Parasaur Tutorial Drawing paper Black … Read More

Printing with Bubblewrap
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I tried printing with bubblewrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little messy, … Read More

Beans in a CD Case
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Summer time is great for experimenting with growing beans in a CD case. MATERIALS • Old CD Jewel Case • Potting soil • Bean seeds, small • Rubber band DIRECTIONS 1. Remove … Read More

Grass in a CD Case
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make … Read More

Draw the Statue of Liberty
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Drawing the Statue of Liberty is a great way to learn about it, but it’s not the most easy shape to draw. I have seen lots of students do much better than … Read More

Draw a Diplodocus
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Here’s one way to draw a Diplodocus, or Long Neck, if you are a “Land Before Time” fan. It’s the best way I know to fill the paper with one of the … Read More

Layered Creative Writing
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Maybe a really good test score, or jersey number or locker number could be the starting point for a journal page prompt. MATERIALS • Art Journal page • Ball point pen • … Read More

Warm Up Practice Sheets $5
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I created this set of 50 worksheets for warm up exercises. The students copy what they see in the empty boxes below, which serves as a quick and easy way to get … Read More

Draw a Stegosaurus
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Stegosaurus were all herbivores (plant eaters) and featured rows of unique bones that developed into plates and spines along their back and tail. MATERIALS Download Stegosaurus PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker … Read More

Line Art Project eBook
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I’ve created an ebook to support this line art project idea. Drawing new art around classically painted faces makes for all kinds of creative possibilities. My pdf file includes a thumbnail page … Read More

Leonardo Line Art Drawing Template
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When you leave a graphic design job to start teaching art, you just might find yourself making your own project materials. And if you get a break in your busy schedule (hello summer!) … Read More

Fauve Portraits
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The primary mission of Fauve artists in the late 1800’s was to work with vibrant and unnatural color. Van Gogh, Gauguin and other artists wanted their art to be new and modern, … Read More

Folk Art Flags
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Given that folk art is created by untrained artists, everyday items (even craft sticks!) may be used for its creation. MATERIALS • Craft sticks, 10 per student • Liquid water color, red • … Read More

Kandinsky Pastel Cityscape
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This Kandinsky Pastel Cityscape project is in honor of his wonderful city life paintings, such as “Houses in Munich”. I tried out a new media that offers the rich colors of pastels, … Read More

Tissue Paper Bowls
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This makes a more decorative than functional bowl, but it sure is pretty and easy to make. MATERIALS Tissue paper, non-bleed type Paper cutter or scissors Liquid starch Plastic bowl Thick paint … Read More

Close Up Portrait
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One way to simplify portrait drawing is to start with a large U instead of an oval. 1. Start with a square drawing paper. With a pencil, follow the steps shown in … Read More

Simpleboat Drawing
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If you narrow down sailboats into basic shapes, and then fill them with patterns, you can end up with a very pretty painting. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Some … Read More

Draw a Wrap Snake
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This wrap around snake drawing was inspired by a simple stock art drawing. I highly recommend either printing the guide lines shown before hand, or having kids fold their paper to make … Read More

Draw a Bushbaby
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What’s a Bushbaby you may ask? I’m not really sure, I just know they’re really cute, which is all I need to keep the attention of my after school drawing students. 1. … Read More

Father’s Day Pencil Holder
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Popsicle stick crafts have a natural warm wooden, eco-friendly look, perfect for Father’s Day. MATERIALS • Popsicle sticks or craft sticks, approx. 25 • Rulers • Chipboard • Masking tape • Scrap … Read More

Shiny Mache Ice Cream Cones
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Here they are – paper mache ice cream cones all gussied up with a shiny finish. My favorite glossy finish product is still Collage Pauge that JoAnns sells. It’s more gel like, … Read More

Paint & Pastel Dad Card
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I think that just like crayons make watercolor look better, oil pastels make tempera paint look better. The bright thick colors you can place on the soft painted backgrounds just can’t be … Read More

Summer Flip Flops
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I have trouble throwing away clean colorful food boxes, and was inspired by the beach theme of these cracker boxes for my art journal class. 1. I made a 5″ tall flip … Read More

Draw a Dragonfly
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Here’s a Dragonfly tutorial from few years ago that worked really well for my students. MATERIALS • Download Dragonfly Tutorial • Drawing Paper • Sharpie marker, black • Crayons or colored pencils … Read More

Mondrian Foil Art
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Here is my second Foil Art Project for my afterschool kids. Instead of using yarn, this time students will use fettuccine pasta for creating the raised art. And if you are making … Read More

Ladybug Painting
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An oval and a curved line are all it takes to make a ladybug drawing have dimension. Getting to fill her in with two very vivid paint colors is just a bonus. … Read More

Tiki Face Drawings
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If you want to encourage your students make BOLD art, then try giving them really BOLD markers, as in the fat, chisel tip Sharpie variety. It really makes a big difference. 1. … Read More

Dino Toy Plaster Cast
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This is the project you save your old clay and dino toys for. 1. Students soften a ball of clay and make a roughly 3/4″ thick pancake. The pancake is placed on … Read More

Popsicle Stick Mini Easel
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Make your own popsicle stick mini easel, no need to buy the expensive pre-made ones. I’ve been making these for years for my mini canvas classes so I thought I’d share an … Read More

Three Torn Mice
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I was inspired by a project posted to Artsonia from Holman Elementary School. Their 2nd graders started with a painted background, but I opted to just use the torn mouse idea (which … Read More

Tissue Paper Collage Boxes
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These are just old Mac keyboard boxes, with tissue paper collaged on top. What I learned, aside from the fact that white boxes make great canvases, is that the narrow format created … Read More

Paper Mache Crayon
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 The crayons are done! If you have been following me on Instagram, I’ve been posting progress over the past 4 weeks. I must admit that I like these a lot now that … Read More

Symmetrical Decorative Vases
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Wax paper from Smart & Final worked great for this symmetrical project. The paper is thin enough to see through, yet strong enough to cover with paint. MATERIALS Wax Paper sheets Sharpie … Read More

How to Draw a Grizzly Bear
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I was inspired to create this bear drawing from a diagram at Appalachian Bear Rescue. I altered their instructions a bit to make the bear symmetrical, which is easier for those just … Read More

Warhol Hand Prints
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This Warhol hand print turned out well for an after school class. The watercolor background (quick drying time) allowed for the project to be done in one class. MATERIALS • Watercolor Paper, … Read More

Mother Hen and Chicks
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I’m always looking for simple drawing ideas that are easy to shade. This one works and makes a pretty picture too.   MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Sharpie black marker • Oil … Read More

Draw a Dandelion
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Practice your fine marker skills with this how to draw a dandelion project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a very pretty and delicate looking flower. Happy summer drawing everyone! PREP • … Read More

Watercolor Flower Garden
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One thing that watercolor paint loves to do is run together. Instead of fighting that tendency, I showed my students how they can make “puddles” their friend by painting lots of irregular … Read More

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