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

Draw a Tugboat

Use some very basic shapes to draw a tugboat in eight simple steps. Then learn how to make two shades of blue with one crayon. I love how this tugboat manages to look cute and simple at the same time. If you like this tutorial, I have 200 more just like it in my “How to Draw” ebook that is … Read More

Draw a Squishy Caterpillar

Here’s how to draw a caterpillar with a guaranteed squishy look. Start with the spine, add lines for sections, and have fun connecting them. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. Just be sure to draw lightly … Read More

How to Draw a Dragon

One of my pet peeves is a how to draw a dragon tutorial that is supposed to be for kids, but is really much more appropriate for teenagers or adults. I created this tutorial for our school’s multicultural week, and it worked well for kinders through even 4th graders. Your drawing may of course be completed however you like, but … Read More

Happy Mother’s Day Drawing

Here’s a Happy Mother’s Day drawing idea that could easily be adjusted for more siblings. Just add more babies on the branch. MATERIALS Mommy and Baby Bird Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Crayons* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be … Read More

A Modern Makeover

I created this Leonardo da Vinci for kids project as a fun drawing exercise. Everything but the face is erased so you can fill in your own. This photoshopped face of Ginevra de Benci (by Leonardo di Vinci) was originally posted quite a while ago, but only with the one main page to draw on. When I taught this project, … Read More

Draw a Triceratops

How to draw a triceratops in eight simple steps. My tutorial will help you figure out to create his odd shaped body and then place his three horns. The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face. Make sure you get all those horns added. If you like this tutorial, there are … Read More

Draw a Dragon Head

Focus on the head for an easy to draw dragon tutorial. The legs and tail can come after you master that fierce face. Your drawing may of course be completed however you like, but I recommend that you try filling him in with two values of whatever color you choose. That means that you press hard to get a darker … Read More

Draw a Little Girl

Here’s a little girl drawing easy enough for even beginner artists. Have some fashion design fun with a beret, scarf or more. There are at least three benefits to drawing people with oversized heads. One, it’s easier. There’s obviously a lot more room to work with. Two, it’s cuter, as shown in this sample. And three, it makes you a … Read More

Draw an Armadillo

You can easily draw an armadillo using some very basic shapes. A football shaped head and half circle body with shell lines will tell everyone exactly what it is. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover their back, head, legs, and tail. Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear … Read More

Mother’s Day Projects to Paint

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day projects to paint, there’s none sweeter than a mother and baby giraffe. Except maybe a mother and baby with hearts flowing in between them. MATERIALS Mother Giraffe Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Brown crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you … Read More

How to Draw a Giraffe

My giraffe face drawing tutorial works great with watercolor and oil pastels. It keeps the blue paint from running into the pretty yellow faces, which is more likely to happen if you use watercolor for both. I love this point of view of the giraffe face. It really breaks down the distinguishing features in to easy steps, so you have a pretty … Read More

How to Draw a Doberman

You could show students how to draw an average dog, or you could show them how draw a doberman. All you need is a large nose and dark coloring. And heavy eyebrows. And pointy ears. This tutorial will show you how to draw all the familiar features of a doberman, just be sure to follow the coloring closely too. Their … Read More

Easy Cartoon Dog Drawing

This cartoon dog drawing tutorial provides a complete study in symmetry. The oversized eyes and feet are a good clue that he’s also meant to just look silly. MATERIALS Download Cartoon Dog 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. Draw the cartoon … Read More

How to Draw a Labrador Dog

To draw a Labrador, just adjust the shape the of face and ears of your average dog. This step by step tutorial will help you draw one in nine easy steps. When complete you get to decide if he or her is a yellow or chocolate or black lab. MATERIALS View and download Labrador Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons … Read More

Drawing Big Ben

Drawing Big Ben gets easier when you have some grid paper and a tutorial to follow. It’s all about simplifying all those many little shapes that are found all over this historic landmark. For more landmark tutorials like this one, please see “Draw World Landmarks” in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS View and download Big Ben Tutorial Grid paper, 1/4″ lines … Read More

How to Make a Simple Train Drawing

Most simple train drawing tutorials for kids focus on the old-fashioned version, for some reason. There are a lot of modern options though too. The newer and sleeker trains are a lot of fun to draw, and still start with simple shapes. You could get inspired by the familiar Amtrak cars, or even the high-speed trains that are found in … Read More

Draw City Buildings

Most kids love to draw city buildings. The only catch is that they tend to put the buildings all in just one line, unless they see other options like this one. The Pinterest image above left inspired the idea of encouraging them to go the other direction – creating many, many layers. The right painting was made today by Lola, … Read More

How to Draw Aliens

This tutorial for how to draw aliens encourages a mixing of eyes, hands and feet. After all, who really knows what an alien might look like? It’s a good direct draw project for the very young as aliens can be whatever they imagine them to look like. If you like this drawing project, there are 200 more like it in … Read More

Step-by-Step Rooster Drawing

This step by step rooster drawing is great for kinders as it talks about circles, squares and triangles. Add some crayon lines before you paint and you get a very pretty watercolor resist rooster. MATERIALS • View and download Rooster Tutorial • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Half circle and square templates for young students (optional) • Permanent Sharpie marker … Read More

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