Finish the Wolf Face

When students have a photo to refer to, they are often surprised at what they can draw. In this case, if you have half of a black and white image actually pre-printed on the paper, students can really focus on matching lots of shades of gray. The goal is to see how closely they make the two blend together. MATERIALS • … Read More

Draw a Raccoon Face

This raccoon drawing helps students focus on the animal’s interesting features and fill their paper at the same time. MATERIALS Raccoon PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Draw guide lines or fold paper to see center lines as shown on tutorial Students follow the tutorial to draw the raccoon face. The drawing is traced with the black marker. … Read More

Fall Tempera Landscape Painting

A fall landscape painting for kids looks good with lots bright colors, but there’s still nothing like a dark outline to make shapes really pop. One quick and easy solution for kinders and up is to have them trace their finished art with a black oil pastel. It adds a very bold look to the art. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, … Read More

Draw a Hippo Face

This easy hippo drawing helps students focus on the animal’s interesting features and fill their paper at the same time. MATERIALS Hippo Face PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Draw guide lines or fold paper to see center lines as shown on tutorial. Students follow the tutorial to draw the hippo face. The drawing is traced with the … Read More

Drawing Spiderwebs

I never realized how much spider web drawing has in common with zentangles, which are basically repeated shapes. Try some fine tipped white poster markers on black scrapbook paper to make some like these. MATERIALS Black card stock paper, cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ White Sharpie paint marker Trading card sleeve *The above product links are referrals. If you click … Read More

Draw a Bear Head

If you want to try a bear drawing easy enough for even kinders to tackle, this one worked for me. Make sure though to begin with the two center guide lines in place. They may be folded, or drawn, they just make a big difference when students are deciding where their lines need to be. You’ll be surprised how many … Read More

How to Draw Elsa

Some of my young students were asking to learn how to draw Elsa. Here’s my take, a kind of cartoon version to make it easy to draw her face. MATERIALS View and Download Elsa 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 … Read More

Draw a Turtle

  The big eyes on this turtle help make him (or her!) pretty cute. • View and Download PDF Cartoon Tutorial MATERIALS 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 turtle in pencil. The tirtle is traced … Read More

Draw a Standing Bear

Try an easy bear drawing with symmetrical arms and legs, and I think you’ll see that even really young students can take him on. MATERIALS Download Standing Bear 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 … Read More

Mission Drawings on Brown Paper

Drawing guides from my California Mission Drawing ebook and brown graph paper are a great combination that bring out the best in what students are able to do each year. They never cease to amaze me! MATERIALS Warm brown construction paper Epson printer Art Projects for Kids Mission Drawing Guide Black marker Colored pencils (Prismacolor brand recommended for the white … Read More

Glue and Color Sticks

This simple abstract art was drawn with glue on black card stock paper, and colored in with Crayola Color Sticks. I love how the black lines stand out. MATERIALS Black card stock paper White glue Crayola Color Sticks   DIRECTIONS Draw a simple landscape with a pencil on black card stock paper. Trace the drawing with white glue. Let dry … Read More

Draw a Black Cat

Just in time for Halloween, an easy cat drawing tutorial. His oversized head and simple features guarantee cute results. MATERIALS Download my Cartoon Black Cat 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 black cat in … Read More

Cartoon Alligator

Learn how to how to draw an alligator and practice your cartooning with this silly looking guy. Big eyes get you off to a great start. MATERIALS • Download Cartoon Alligator Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker • Crayons   DIRECTIONS 1 . Fold paper to make grid lines. 2.  Draw the alligator according to the tutorial. 3. … Read More

Scratch Art Leaf

A leaf scratch art drawing calls for a different process as kids cannot erase. I recommend a tracing step to safely get your art on to scratch art paper. I recommend some kind of tracing step to safely get your art onto the not-so-inexpensive scratch art paper. MATERIALS • Download Leaf for Scratch Art Template • Scratch art paper • Copy … Read More

Tessellation Story

Give your tessellation art project a language arts twist by adding a story. If you keep the tessellation to a simple shape that creates a quilt, then you have a great set up for writing about sleep and dreams. MATERIALS • Draw a Dreaming Story Tutorial • Drawing paper, 12″ x 18″ • Chip board • Scissors • Black marker … Read More

Draw a Bushel of Apples

Here’s an easy apple drawing for kids because the basket is symmetrical, and the apples are easy to layer. If you can, try adding brown and yellow crayon lines to the basket before painting with watercolor for a bit of extra texture. MATERIALS Download Bushel of Apples Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw … Read More

Paint a Fall Landscape

A simple landscape painting can include various sizes, bllowing in the wind. It’s an easy way to add a little perspective. MATERIALS View and download Fall Landscape Tutorial Multimedia paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial … Read More

Draw an Ornithomimus

You can expand your dinosaur drawing skills with this Ornithomimus tutorial. • Ornithomimus Tutorial Download MATERIALS 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 Ornithomimus in pencil. The Ornithomimus is traced with a black marker. The Ornithomimus … Read More

Draw a Dinosaur Head

Here’s a chance to practice drawing dinosaur facial features: bumpy eyes and sharp teeth. It’s as if this guy is ready for his close up shot. The turn of his head lets you show of all his many pointy teeth. Draw them carefully and then add some shadows to make your dinosaur look extra fierce. If you like this tutorial, … Read More

Draw a Saurolophus

You can expand your dinosaur drawing skills with this how to draw a Saurolophus tutorial. If you like this tutorial, there are many more like it in my “Drawing Dinos and Dragons” ebook in my PDF Shop. Just click on the link or photo to learn more. MATERIALS Download Draw a Saurolophus PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, fine tip* Crayons* … Read More

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