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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Draw an Ice Cream Cone
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Some believe that you need to spend 10,000 hours to master a skill. Personally, I think that between teaching my daytime and after school children’s drawing classes for 10 plus years, I’m … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks. MATERIALS • Journal page or drawing paper • Pencil crayon or crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. Students … Read More

Draw a Simple House
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I have tried this house drawing project every year with kinders and have loved the results. This year I just added a texture element, which came from slipping a small piece of … Read More

Draw a Simple Caterpillar
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Turns out the best way to draw a caterpillar is by starting with a bunch of lines. I found this method in a drawing book years ago, and have saved it for … Read More

Draw a Simple Cat
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Two circles get this simple cat drawing off to a good start. If you begin by tracing a roll of masking tape, kinders especially will be more likely to draw a cat … Read More

Draw Pete the Cat Tutorial
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Pete the Cat seems to have a lot of fans these days, so I thought I’d make a tutorial on how to draw him. Older students might notice that there’s a little … Read More

Earth Day Collaborative Mural
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. It’s easy to decorate if you start with my Doodle Earth Day Mural template. Print the PDF pages, color, and tape together to make … Read More

Student Endangered Animals Mural
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Here’s what one 4th grade class did with my Endangered Animals Mural. I love seeing art used in real classroom settings. “We used the art as a springboard to research. Thank you … Read More

Patterned Cat in Crayon
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This project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch. She developed an abstract style of painting cats that is really fun to imitate. She often just drew the outside shape … Read More

FREE! Mini Earth Day Mural
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Try out one of my collaborative templates and see how easy it is to make large and colorful mural. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show … Read More

Draw a Snail
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Learning about snails in your classroom? Here’s a simple way to draw one, all starting with the number “6”. I found a wonderful foreign website (pavulurivikram.blogspot.dk) that has lots of drawings based … Read More

PreK Painting, Little Birdies
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Young painters, like preK and kinders, need to explore with paint, but I think they enjoy making recognizable shapes as well. These little birds are easy to draw, and have an added … Read More

Draw an Astronaut
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Here’s one way to spark a child’s interest in science and space. Show them how to draw an astronaut and space ship, floating among stars and planets. All are made with simple … Read More

How to Draw Martin Luther King
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I put my portrait drawing skills to the test today to see if I show students how to draw Martin Luther King, hopefully with a decent resemblance. The kids did a great … Read More

How to Draw a Rooster Head
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In honor of the Chinese New Year that kicks off on Jan. 28, I have created this “How to Draw a Rooster Head” tutorial, which lets young artists just focus on their … Read More

Gingerbread House Decorations
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Looking for ideas for homemade holiday decorations? I need some for my school’s holiday boutique, so I’m having students draw gingerbread houses and then cut them out. I found that if I … Read More

Snowflake Painting
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Here’s a simple snowflake painting project that was inspired by an illustration on a stock art website. I’ve found some amazing ideas at istockphoto.com and shutterstock.com, and gettyimages.com, just to name a … Read More

Watercolor Resist Snowflake Art
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This watercolor resist snowflake art is easy to create with laser-cut wood decorations that are found at craft stores. They make perfect crayon rubbing material because they are so decorative, yet perfectly … Read More

Giant Nutcracker Drawings
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     My art room is filled with giant Nutcracker drawings right now, waiting to be lined up in our auditorium for our upcoming holiday show. I took a que from my Harvest … Read More

Draw a Teddy
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I taught my students how to draw a teddy with a few simple shapes, and they found many, many ways to turn him or her into their own creation. For instance, it … Read More

Free Thanksgiving Mural
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In the spirit of giving this holiday week, I’d like to offer this free Thanksgiving Mural PDF template. The five-page file that you can download below has the four pages needed to … Read More

How to Draw an Alpaca
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In case you need to learn how to draw an Alpaca, here’s the perfect tutorial for you. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years by the people of northern Peru. • … Read More

Draw a Bat, and the Perfect Book
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My first graders were shown how to draw a bat, but only after learning some more about them in this amazing new book I found “Nightsong”. It beautifully illustrates how they use … Read More

Draw a Tiger Face
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If you can draw an oval, curves and triangles, then you can most definitely draw a tiger face. This guy is composed of some simple shapes that even most kinders know, so … Read More

Draw a Pickup Truck
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You can draw a pickup truck by putting a few simple shapes together. Download my tutorial and draw one like my sample, or better yet, color and design your own. • View … Read More

Draw a Polar Bear
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Here is a very simple but very cute way to draw a polar bear. He is made of just a few simple, symmetrical shapes, but if you arrange them the way I … Read More

How to Draw a Fox Face
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My How to Draw a Fox Face tutorial will help students fill their page with a large, symmetrical face, that has all kinds of coloring options. • View and Download Fox Face … Read More

Leaf Pattern Art with Crayons and Watercolors
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For this leaf pattern art project, students were asked to let crayons and paint do what they do best – make patterns and lots of bright colors. This amazing leaf was created … Read More

Draw a Bunny
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For instant cuteness when learning to draw a bunny, try adding clothes. All kinds of personality seems to just jump out at you. • View and download Storybook Bunny PDF tutorial MATERIALS … Read More

Escher Animal Tessellation
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It took every Adobe rotating and reflecting trick I knew of to recreate this famous Escher animal tessellation, and narrow it down to the just the repeating pattern. Wow, not one or … Read More

Abstract Grid Tree
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The abstraction of this Circle Grid Tree is easy if you start with a printed guide. If anyone knows who first thought of this abstract pattern, I’d love to know. The simplicity … Read More

Draw a Corgi Dog
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Here’s how you can draw a Corgi, because he’s got his own cute little stubby features that are not like any other dog. • View and download Corgi Dog PDF Tutorial MATERIALS … Read More

Draw Russian Buildings
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Russian buildings are so different from those children are used to drawing. The “ice cream” topped towers look like they are from a fairy tale. MATERIALS •  Russian Buildings PDF Tutorial • … Read More

Mister Seahorse
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Eric Carle’s wonderful book “Mister Seahorse” is perfect for kinders that are studying amazing animals, such as mine are this time of year. This project has been on my keeper list for … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page
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In honor of Earth Day today, I’m happy to share a freebie that is, based on my Earth Day Doodle Mural. I hope the stars and hearts and flowers inspire some neat … Read More

Draw a Doberman
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Maybe it’s the oversized nose or the dark coloring. Something about this Doberman drawing had my students create some really great looking dogs a few weeks back. The symmetry probably helps too, … Read More

Draw a Sea Otter
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This sea otter tutorial ends up looking like a real otter, but still very cute, which I think adds to the fun. The original idea comes from Art for Kids hub, I just turned … Read More

Draw a Country House
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There are about a million different ways to draw a house. Don’t get stuck drawing them the same way every time. Try moving things around a bit, as with this country house … Read More

Draw a Humpback Whale
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Students can learn about the different features of whales while making a beautiful drawing. Here’s how you can draw a Humpback Whale, which is very different from other types of whales. • … Read More

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