Draw a City Haunted House
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There are many, many ways to draw a haunted house, but may favorite are the quirky city type with some unusual architectural features. MATERIALS Draw a City Haunted House PDF Drawing paper Black … Read More

Happy Haunted House Mural
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A new Haunted House mural has just gone up in my store, just in time for Halloween. I added some fun scary details to this one, but feel free to add more … Read More

Peek a Boo Cats
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Here’s a variation on my Black Cat Collage project that plays with the idea of peeking cats. Good orange paper will really have the most impact. MATERIALS Orange scrapbook paper, 12″ x … Read More

Halloween Eye Balls
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Did you know you can get air dry clay in colors? I think it happens to be THE most perfect material to make some really fun Halloween eye balls. The balls are … Read More

Drawing Children eBook and Bonus Mini Mural
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My new “Learn to Draw: Children” eBook was created and tested in response to a kinder teacher who was tired of seeing so many stick figures in her classroom. My solution was to create … Read More

Pattern Leaves
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Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is … Read More

Black Cat Collage
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Kinders learned how to trace and cut out a simple cat, and then draw a setting with a black Sharpie marker. The contrast between the two makes the art fun to look … Read More

Simple Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape
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Try starting with colored paper to give your chalk pastel drawings a little more punch, especially with simple fall landscapes.   MATERIALS Construction paper, orange or yellow Chalk pastels Spray fixative, if … Read More

Draw a Robot
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This is a fun combination for painting a robot – silver tempera and black watercolor paint. The matte look of the black makes the silver really stand out. My first graders used … Read More

Fall Collage with Coffee Filters
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It’s easy and inexpensive to make some amazing coffee filter trees. Put them on some nice card stock paper and you have the makings of a beautiful fall collage. MATERIALS • Coffee … Read More

Winter Landscape
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If you draw a landscape with layers, your art with naturally have more depth to it. Follow this formula to make a simple winter drawing that creates all three layers in a … Read More

Kandinsky Circle Painting
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This Kandinsky project worked really well with my last after school watercolor class which includes kinder through 5th grade. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I used Strathmore) Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS PREP: pre-print … Read More

Snowy Winter Landscape
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Students finished their snowy landscapes with the perfect tool. Sharpie paint markers allowed all the art to easily get a delicate sprinkling of snow. This art is getting used for annual holiday … Read More

Layered Cats
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Try giving young students a cat head template and challenge them to fill the page. This young 2nd grader, Benjamin, made an adorable painting as a result. MATERIALS Download Cat head PDF … Read More

An Artist’s Pumpkin
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The world’s easiest way to decorate a pumpkin — just pour paint Jackson Pollock style. MATERIALS White foam pumpkin, from Michaels or Amazon Old acrylic paint, bright colors Newspaper and small cup … Read More

Watercolor Pumpkin
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You pretty much can’t lose when you make pumpkins your subject matter for a painting. The line work alone is perfect for teaching kids how to give their circles dimension, let alone … Read More

Air Dry Clay Starfish
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This air-dry clay starfish will give students a change to practice their blending skills. Five fingers need to be mushed in the middle to make him nice and sturdy. MATERIALS Air-Dry clay … Read More

How to Draw Aliens
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I made this condensed tutorial for three aliens as it is fun to mix and match the different eyes, hands and feet. It’s a good direct draw project for the very young … Read More

Black Lines on Black Paper
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If you have ever tried to make glue drawings for chalk pastel or color stick art, but didn’t love the way the glue dried? Drawing with white glue, letting it dry, and … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing
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There’s nothing prettier than a colorful maple leaf, but who needs lots of xeroxed copies that all exactly match each other? Learn how to draw your own with my tutorial and you … Read More

Draw a Cottage
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If you want to draw a cute cottage house, then you can also surround it with the landscaping of your dreams too. MATERIALS Download Cottage PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons … Read More

Draw the California Quail State Bird
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Am I the only one who thinks this California Quail looks like he was designed by committee? Kind of funny that he represents a state known for being concerned about its looks. … Read More

Line Art Tutorial
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Here’s what I love about selling over the internet, customers can make requests, and you can turn around and help them FAST. I was reminded that my Line Art Portrait eBook could really use … Read More

Draw a Chickadee
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I really like this point of view for drawing a bird. It fills a page in a nice and balanced way, and could probably be adapted to many other breeds too. MATERIALS … Read More

Draw a Duck
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Here’s a new tutorial that shows you how to draw a duck that is true to it’s mallard coloring, with an a added touch of cuteness to the eyes. Students can use … Read More

Minecraft Selfie Tips
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I’m loving how this Minecraft Selfie project requires students to solve problems, as in how to draw their hair using only boxes. I also wanted to share that I learned a few … Read More

Deluxe Bat PDF Tutorial
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This hanging bat tutorial has been a favorite for years, especially with teachers. I’ve made a new deluxe version that includes a full size sample, coloring and tracing page. MATERIALS Deluxe Draw … Read More

Planet Drawing Fun
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It’s been a space-themed week at my school, thanks to Monday’s eclipse. It provided the perfect subject matter for a new black paper and metallic marker project. MATERIALS Black Card Stock paper, … Read More

Minecraft Selfies
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There are many great Minecraft self portrait ideas over on Pinterest, but I am going to have my students use this approach, with a pre-printed grid. I love how this will add … Read More

Solar Eclipse 2017 Art
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  Here’s a solar eclipse art project that is easy for all ages and good shading practice. Love it when science and art work together. MATERIALS Astrobright cardstock paper (found mine at … Read More

Gift Box Truck
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Here’s an idea for a transportation craft project. It costs about $1.50 for both gift boxes and makes a pretty cool looking truck with no prep work at all. MATERIALS White gift … Read More

Draw a Tree with Your Hand
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I saw this idea for drawing a tree on Artsonia.com, and love showing kids how lines can give dimension to their art. MATERIALS Draw a Hand Tree Tutorial (download here) Drawing paper … Read More

Cardboard Angler Fish
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Once again I have to give credit to an amazing site called Krokotak.com. This Angler fish project is just too clever with its underbite, spike teeth and pipe cleaner antennae. MATERIALS 16″ … Read More

Zentangle Art Leaf Template
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I created this leaf template years ago, after getting inspired by some Zentangle art. Here’s a fun project when studying lines as an element of art. Below is the link to download … Read More

Braided Bracelets
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I’ve exchanged friendship bracelet projects for this round braid, which could certainly still look great on any wrist. After set up, there’s just one repeating step. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chip board, … Read More

Back to School Composition Books
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Here’s a fun back to school project from my Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids book. Don’t go back to school with generic composition books, make them as unique as you are! MATERIALS … Read More

Gold Rush PDF Package, $10
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I am happy to release my new Gold Rush package. It includes 3 sizes of my new San Francisco Niantic Hotel mural (6, 15 and 28 pages) and a new “Wanted” Poster … Read More

Deluxe Mona Lisa Template
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Here’s another line art project, this time based on the very famous painting of Mona Lisa. This photoshopped face of Mona Lisa was originally posted quite awhile ago, but only with the … Read More

Surrealism and Magritte
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René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist who became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. He wanted to challenge viewers to think about what they were looking at … Read More

Draw a Skunk
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So it seems that my collection of animal tutorials was missing one certain little black and white animal. Here to correct that is how to draw a skunk. MATERIALS PDF Skunk Drawing … Read More

Legos and Self Portraits
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I have used this as a first project of the year quite often the template helps all skill levels get off to a good start, and still has lots of room for … Read More

Draw a Flower
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A fun way to show kinders how to draw a flower.  Simple shapes with a twist of adding pins between the petals. MATERIALS • Download Pin Flower PDF tutorial • Drawing paper … Read More

Draw a Britto Cat
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Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. He had a modest childhood but today is an internationally renowned pop artist. Here is how to draw a cat in his fun … Read More

Half Portrait Tutorial
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Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. I like this one as the fold line guides will force them to fill their … Read More

Summer of 2017: My Top 5 Most Pinned Projects
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My Current Top Five Most Pinned Projects 1. Draw a Dandelion   2. Warm Hands from my PDF Shop   3. Layered Winter Landscape   4. Craft Stick Easel   5. Van … Read More

Beach Drawing
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A little first grader made this beach drawing years ago. I love everything about it. I thought it was time for a tutorial as it makes for a fun drawing this time … Read More

Preview my Insect eBook
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It seems to me that the study of insects needn’t be done in unexciting black and white diagrams. Students can make some colorful studies in art, and use them for science reports … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Easy Dog Drawing
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I sometimes give my young kinder and 1st grade students a template to trace for the first step of a project. For this easy dog drawing, children had the head template to … Read More

Artist Trading Cards with Texture
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My favorite alternative to art texture plates is plastic embroidery mesh from the fabric store. If you buy them large and cut them up, they are pretty cheap.   MATERIALS • White … Read More

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