Free Earth Day Mini Mural

Try one of my free earth day activities and see how easy it is to make one of my murals. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show you how my larger ones work. Just print out the pages, trim to the art, color and tape together to make a 24″ x 30″ mural. To get your mural, just sign up for my email list below and you can … Read More

Self Portrait Drawing for Kids

I found a simple aid in assisting self portrait drawing for kids. Start them with a circle template for their head and the rest of the body is more likely to fall in place. These drawings were made for an art fundraiser, and I love how they all turned out. Colorful, creative and unique. MATERIALS Watercolor paper 2″ Circle template Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS Students use the template to … Read More

Overlapping in Art

This ring project is a great lesson about overlapping in art. A roll of masking tape makes for the perfect stencil. I’ve tried it with those as young as second grade as that seems to be the time when most students can “see” the layers. Use new rolls of masking tape for tracing – they are easy to hold and grip the paper really well. MATERIALS • Drawing paper, 12″ x 18″ • Masking … Read More

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Fun

Use my Cat in the Hat template for some fun Dr. Seuss activities. His birthday coming up on March 2nd. I once used it as an art history lesson by reviewing a couple of famous artists (Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, etc.) and then asked students to create a hat in their style. MATERIALS • View and download Cat in Hat Template • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker, black • Crayons or colored pencils DIRECTIONS … Read More

Draw a Hot Air Balloon

When looking for simple things to draw, try a hot air balloon. Find how easy it is to make a flat circle look like a ball, just by adding some lines.  • View and Download Hot Air Balloon Tutorial MATERIALS • Print of Hot Air Balloon Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie • Oil pastel or crayons DIRECTIONS PREP: Draw or print grid lines on paper. 1. Draw the balloon according to the … Read More

Finish the Valentine Face

Start with a print of heart glasses, and draw a face around it. Could be boy or girl or cat or dog? The large size forces students to draw big.   MATERIALS • View and download Heart Glasses PDF Drawing paper Color printer Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print a Heart Glasses page for each student. Students draw the face above and below the glasses. The drawing is traced with a black marker. … Read More

Drawing Animals eBook

My collection of How to Draw Animals keeps growing, so I regrouped 75 of them and updated the format along the way. This new eBook comes with a full size sample of each drawing for classroom display, an easy to view alphabetized list, and cover and spine art if you want to make your own finished binder. You can see pictures which tutorials are included in my PDF Store listing. Here’s a listing by … Read More

How to Draw a Bushbaby

Bushbabies are one of the cute easy things I like to draw. I also know it’s fun to say “I know how to draw a bushbaby.” • View and download Bushbaby tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Bubshbaby tutorial • Multimeda or drawing paper • Sharpie marker, black, fine tip • Crayons or oil pastels DIRECTIONS PREP: Print or draw the grid guidelines. 1. Students draw the bushbaby according to the tutorial. 2. The … Read More

Drawing Symmetrical Elf Shoes (with a Template!)

This is one of my student’s favorite Christmas drawing ideas, and I think it’s because it’s a new point of view for them, and offers all kinds of color and pattern possibilities. The one issue that I have been meaning to address with this project is the drawing of the elf feet. I first did this with older students (grade 3 – 5) who would often get stuck in drawing the second symmetrical foot. … Read More

Free Christmas Wreath Mural

Here’s a thank you to hard-working teachers and parents everywhere, a free Christmas Wreath coloring project. May it add a little extra cheer to your home or classroom. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • 4 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Coloring Guide • Single Page Version FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 15″ x 15″ RECOMMENDED MEDIA: Portfolio Oil Pastels, 24 pack • Download Christmas Wreath PDF •  

How to Draw a Menorah

When showing students how to draw a menorah, have them start with light lines to plan all the arms. This will help to space things evenly. Menorahs come in all sizes and colors, but they do need to start with this basic shape. My tutorial is good for maybe 3rd graders on up, but if you want to do this with lower grades, I would give them a drawing with the arm “spine” lines … Read More

Step by Step Elf Drawing

Need a step by step Elf drawing tutorial? Here’s a pretty cute guy to draw (which could easily be turned into a girl, by the way.) MATERIALS Draw Elf PDF 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. Students follow the tutorial to draw the elf in pencil. The elf is traced with a black marker. The … Read More

How to Draw a Giant Nutcracker

      My school had a nutcracker theme for their holiday show one year, so I showed students how to draw a giant nutcracker on butcher paper. Now you can download your own diagram to help you make your own. Folding the paper to create guide lines really helps with the proportion. • View and download Giant Nutcracker Tutorial MATERIALS • White Kraft Paper, 36″ wide, such as this Pacon brand • Scissors • … Read More

American Flag Coloring Page

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’d like to share an American Flag coloring page. It calls for some careful coloring to keep the red strips red, and the white strips white but can look pretty striking when complete. • View and download USA Flag Coloring Page PDF MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Oil pastels or crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Print a flag page for each student. 2. The flag is colored in with red, navy … Read More

New Harvest Banner, $5 PDF Template

Now you can make your own Indian corn harvest banners for home, school or festivals with my latest PDF mural template. Buy it once and create as many giant ears of Indian corn that you could every possibly need. My sample has pretty realistic colors, but you could go abstract too with bright random colors. The simple corn shape will lend itself to all kinds of possibilities. Two template versions are included: one that … Read More

Magritte Art Project

René Magritte was famous for paintings that challenge how we see. Have your students to express themselves with a magazine circle turned into an eye. MATERIALS Download Rene Magritte Project PDF tutorial Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″ Old CD for tracing Old magazines Scissors Glue stick Black marker Crayons, skin color DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut 9″ x 12″ in half to make the 6″ x 9″ format used for my art journal projects. Students look … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Woman

The simplification that comes with cartoon characters is perfect for children of all ages. No worries about proportion totally helps too. MATERIALS • Draw a Cartoon Woman PDF Tutorial • Color printer • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons or markers   DIRECTIONS PREP: Download and print a tutorial for each student. Print paper with guidelines, or have students fold paper to make creases. 1. Students draw the cartoon woman according to the … Read More

Basic Skull Drawing

One last drawing project for the big day tomorrow. How to draw a basic skull and add a bit of shading for a pretty realistic looking skull. MATERIALS Draw a Skull PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print a tutorial for each student. Students fold their paper to create guide lines to follow. Students draw the skull according to the tutorial. The drawing is traced with a black marker. The … Read More

Draw Frankenstein

I created a How to Draw Frankenstein tutorial that targets early elementary student. The hair, screws and hunch back are all you need to know exactly who this is. MATERIALS Draw Frankenstein PDF tutorial (see link below) Drawing paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print guide lines or fold paper to make creases. Students follow the tutorial to draw Frankenstein. The drawing is traced with a black marker. Frankenstein is colored with crayons. … Read More

Many Pumpkin Faces

I introduced my kinders last week to their first printmaking project. Learning how to draw different expressions on the faces, like those in the famous “Five Little Pumpkins” book, added to the fun. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Old paper towel rolls Black tempera paint Plates for paint Black Sharpie marker Crayons DIRECTIONS CLASS ONE Students use a paper towel or toilet paper roll, dip the end in a pool of black tempera paint, and print … Read More

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