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

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

Warhol Hand Prints

Here’s one easy way to make an Andy Warhol themed art project for kids. Combine his love of color and repetition, and a child’s personal hand print for a special pop art keepsake. The watercolor background (quick drying time) allowed for this project to be done in one class. For best results, try to get the good stuff. The colors … Read More

How to Draw Grumpy Cat

Learn how to draw Grumpy Cat with my step-by-step tutorial. Luckily, he has some pretty distinctive features, like the dark rings around his eyes and his famous frowning mouth. Update: Sadly, Grumpy Cat has passed away. He will live on in infamy though, through probably hundreds of thousands of memes that borrowed his very memorable face and famous frown. Rest … Read More

How to Draw a Windmill

Learn how to draw a windmill … on a paper plate.  It’s in the style of Danish art, costs pennies, and makes for a great display. This clever idea to paint a windmill on a paper plate comes from Dream, Draw, Create. It’s another great alternative when you don’t have good watercolor paper to work with. I found these uncoated … Read More

Draw a Simple Snake

With just a little planning, you can draw a snake that looks like it’s wrapped around a branch. Perfect for a report about tree climbing snakes. This tutorial takes the idea of drawing the snake in front of the branch, and then erasing the parts that would not show through the snake. I’d recommend it for older elementary students unless … Read More

Draw a Pagoda

Learn how to draw a Pagoda in this step by step tutorial. A great chance to practice curvy symmetry, with those very interesting roof lines. A pagoda is a tiered building that can be found in Eastern Asia. Some are temples, but some are built just to continue their architectural history. If you are looking for more simple tutorials like … Read More

How to Make a Round Braid

If friendship bracelets are frustrating, try learning how to make a round braid. After set up, there’s just one repeating step, but you still get a complex looking braid. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chipboard, or clean food box • Scissors • Circle template, approx. 3.5″ wide   DIRECTIONS 1. Trace any cup to make a circle about 3.5″ wide. A … Read More

Draw an Elephant, Step by Step

An elephant drawing step by step tutorial that keeps things simple, yet realistic. Great for when you need to write a report about this amazing animal. There’s also a bit of a perspective lesson in that the two legs that are furthest away need to be just a bit shorter than the front ones. A small detail, but important one … Read More

Draw a Mastodon

Expand your dinosaur drawing skills by learning how to draw a mastodon. They look a lot like mammoths, just with shorter legs, longer body and more muscles. If you like this tutorial, I have many more like it in my “Draw Dinos and Dragons” ebook in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS Download Mastodon Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons* *The above … Read More

Indian Elephant Drawing

I love how this elephant drawing for kids tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing part of an elephant. This is probably one of my all time most popular projects I have ever shared. I think it’s because drawing half the body is so much more manageable for most students. It’s also a natural for crayon resist … Read More

How to Draw a Tree

Here’s how to draw a tree in nine easy steps. Once you see the pattern involved, your trees will look much more life like. Make sure the branches are skinnier than the trunk, with pointy ends, and you’ll be off to a great start. For some reasons, the students I had tended to draw trees that looked more like planks … Read More

Draw a Koala Bear

Learn how to draw a koala bear, and then add a baby. This may look detailed, but it’s really just one bear drawn in two sizes. If you’d rather keep things simple, just draw the larger bear and add more bamboo trees in the background. The point is to keep things fun, until you are ready for a new challenge. … Read More

Draw a Diplodocus

Learn how to draw a diplodocus, and keep his head and tail on one piece of paper. Even if he once was the world’s longest animal. This tutorial takes a different point of view by having the diplodocus rather stacked with his head and tail wrapping around his body. The original drawing idea came from a site called “Hello Kids”, … Read More

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