Mini Kandinsky Diamond Painting

A fun and easy abstract art project for kids is to use brush Sharpie markers on mini canvases. It feels like you’re painting with the world’s brightest colors. The best part of this design is that you only need two center pencil lines to start. The rest can all be free hand lines drawn directly with the marker. I recommended … Read More

Mini Canvas Kandinsky Circle Painting

Mini painting ideas call for images that can be forgiving. Kandinsky’s circle art is perfect for even young artists to imitate. For special occasions, try a batch of Sharpie Brush Markers and mini canvases. The color will just glide on and pop on that white background. One of my favorite after school classes was a mini canvas session with kinder through … Read More

Easy Abstract Art Cat

One of my favorite abstract art ideas for beginners is to divide a page into quarters, and fill in with opposing colors. An instant cool look! Careful coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will not have the same effect as this amazing young student’s art. For maximum contrast, I recommend that students fill each section with … Read More

Easy Cartoon Dog Drawing

This cartoon dog drawing tutorial provides a complete study in symmetry. The oversized eyes and feet are a good clue that he’s also meant to just look silly. MATERIALS Download Cartoon Dog Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Draw the cartoon … Read More

How to Draw a Labrador Dog

To draw a Labrador, just adjust the shape the of face and ears of your average dog. This step by step tutorial will help you draw one in nine easy steps. When complete you get to decide if he or her is a yellow or chocolate or black lab. MATERIALS View and download Labrador Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons … Read More

Drawing Big Ben

Drawing Big Ben gets easier when you have some grid paper and a tutorial to follow. It’s all about simplifying all those many little shapes that are found all over this historic landmark. For more landmark tutorials like this one, please see “Draw World Landmarks” in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS View and download Big Ben Tutorial Grid paper, 1/4″ lines … Read More

How to Make a Simple Train Drawing

Most simple train drawing tutorials for kids focus on the old-fashioned version, for some reason. There are a lot of modern options though too. The newer and sleeker trains are a lot of fun to draw, and still start with simple shapes. You could get inspired by the familiar Amtrak cars, or even the high-speed trains that are found in … Read More

Tissue Paper Flowers

Need a pretty but inexpensive Mother’s Day project? Tissue paper flowers cost pennies and can be modified to neatly fit any size jar.   All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page

Here’s an Earth Day coloring page with plenty of fun shapes to color. It is based on my Doodle Mural, which makes a lovely work of art for any classroom door. I hope the message inspires more awareness of reducing, reusing and recycling to keep our planet beautiful. Who knows what we can accomplish if we all work together. To … Read More

How to Draw Aliens

This tutorial for how to draw aliens encourages a mixing of eyes, hands and feet. After all, who really knows what an alien might look like? It’s a good direct draw project for the very young as aliens can be whatever they imagine. MATERIALS Draw Aliens PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. … Read More

Step-by-Step Rooster Drawing

This step by step rooster drawing is great for kinders as it talks about circles, squares and triangles. Add some crayon lines before you paint and you get a very pretty watercolor resist rooster. MATERIALS • View and download Rooster Tutorial • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Half circle and square templates for young students (optional) • Permanent Sharpie marker … Read More

Draw Captain America

It’s fun to tie drawing lessons into current movies, if you can. Here’s one way to draw a young looking Captain America, that I would save for 2nd graders on up. MATERIALS View and download Captain America Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to … Read More

Draw the US Capitol

A US Capitol building drawing is quite a study of symmetry. I made this tutorial with some simplification to help older students see all that lovely detail. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. I’ve made a tutorial that includes graph paper to help students align all of its beautiful … Read More

Simple Color Wheel

Use your old CDs to make a simple color wheel. It involves a bit of “eyeball” measuring, which works fine for this purpose. • View and download Divide CD Tutorial MATERIALS Old CDs Ruler Sharpie marker, black, fine tip Sharpie markers, assorted, fine or brush tip   DIRECTIONS Print tutorial for each student. Students use a ruler to divide the … Read More

Free Butterfly Printable

Searching for a butterfly printable for symmetrical coloring practice? Here’s a butterfly drawing I created a while back that is free to download. Enjoy! MATERIALS Download PDF Butterfly template Drawing paper Printer Crayons or markers DIRECTIONS Download the Butterfly template from the link above. Print the line drawing on your printer. Copy as needed for art or science projects. For … Read More

How to Draw a Snake

Here’s how to draw a snake that looks like he is all coiled up. Add some texture by rubbing with a crayon when you are done. MATERIALS Download Coiled Snake Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons Animal Skins Rubbing Plates *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, … Read More

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