Draw the White House

If you are studying American symbols, here’s how to draw the White House. Many of its shapes have been simplified to keep students from getting frustrated, but the overall balance and shape is true to the real thing. I’ve found that there’s nothing like some grid paper to help students draw buildings, so my download tutorial has an extra page … Read More

Black History Artist: Lois Mailou Jones

Black history art projects are a great way to learn about some amazing people who had to forge their own way in the world. Lois Mailou Jones (1905 – 1998) had an impressive career, but do you know how she got started? She had been working as a textile designer and often sold her bold fabric creations to department stores. … Read More

Fun with Animals ATC Template

Looking for some more artist trading cards ideas? Try making these animals look either large or small, depending on what you draw around them. MATERIALS View and download ATC animal template Card stock or drawing paper Color printer Paper cutter or scissors Black marker, ultra fine tip Trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS Print an animal template sheet for each student. Students … Read More

How to Draw a Cartoon Face

Learn how to draw a cartoon face, starting with just a basic shape. The simpler, the better. Each will create a very different result. MATERIALS Download Cartoon Heads PDF  Drawing paper Markers DIRECTIONS Students follow the Cartoon Heads printout for direction. They begin with one of the simple shapes for the head. Features are added as shown, as in ears, … Read More

Lois Mailou Jones Mask

This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is one of my favorite black history month art projects. During Lois’ remarkable life, she painted, designed masks, textiles, stained glass, traveled the world and never stopped learning. For a terrific follow up this project, check out my Lois Mailou Jones Art Mural Project MATERIALS • Black card stock paper (This one is smooth and … Read More

Elements of Art: Texture Owl

Adding elements of art (texture) to a project can be as simple as crumpling up an old phone book page, painting it and drawing on top. This technique could be applied to any art that might benefit from a few bumps and wrinkles. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Old phone book Glue stick White acrylic paint Black Sharpie marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Tear … Read More

Draw a Stegosaurus

Learn how to draw a stegosaurus with all the cool plates along his back and tail. He’s got a dinosaur look that is all his own. MATERIALS Download Stegosaurus PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Draw gridlines or fold paper to make creases. Draw stegosaurus according to tutorial. Color in the drawing with crayons.

How to Draw a Pug

Learn how to draw a pug simply by exaggerating his face. Draw an oversized head and mouth and eyes and you’re halfway there. MATERIALS How to Draw a Pug PDF tutorial Drawing paper Old CD for tracing Black Sharpie marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Draw the dog as shown in the tutorial with a pencil. Trace the drawing with a black marker. … Read More

Easy Snowman Drawing

My students needed some easy snowman drawing directions, so I make this diagram. Simple adjustment of the face and buttons can add a lot of dimension. Consider making a snowman art show with lots of these guys all lined up looking around and in different directions. So much more fun than every one just looking straight ahead. MATERIALS Drawing paper, … Read More

How to Draw a Gingerbread Man

… and then color and paint him with some yummy colors. Really young students may need a form to trace as all his rounded lines are more difficult to draw than straight lines. Older students though may enjoy adding more detailed frosting and a shadow to the sides so he looks more dimensional. MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • … Read More

Cute Polar Bear

This could be the world’s easiest way to make a cute polar bear drawing. I like using markers to keep the whites white, but any media will do. MATERIALS View and download Snow Bear Tutorial Drawing paper Black, red and blue markers   DIRECTIONS Draw the snow bear according to the tutorial. Trace all the lines with a black marker. … Read More

Cute Penguin Drawing

Here are step by step instructions for a pretty cute penguin drawing with a hat and scarf. Follow my guide lines to help you get started. If you need something a little more realistic, the hat and scarf could be dropped. Either way, this guy is made from some pretty simple symmetrical shapes so ever first graders would have fun … Read More

Draw the Grinch

Learn how to draw the Grinch and his very mischievous face with my easy step-by-step tutorial. Click HERE to download your own PDF to print. You can also create a festive classroom by downloading and playing the classic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” so students can sing while they draw and paint. For more drawing fun, see my new “How … Read More

Sharpie Trees with Snow Shadows

Winter art projects for elementary students work best, I believe, when the subject and supplies are kept simple, simple, simple. The shadows cast by the moon are easy to see on the winter snow and offer a beginning lesson in perspective. For more drawing tutorials, see my “How to Draw” ebook in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS • View and download Winter … Read More

Draw a Giant Nutcracker

My school had a nutcracker theme for their holiday show one year, so I showed students how to make a giant nutcracker drawing on butcher paper.       Now you can download your own diagram to help you make your own nutcracker drawing. Folding the paper to create guide lines really helps with the proportion. Sketch it in pencil, use … Read More

Simple Polar Bear Drawing

A simple polar bear drawing can make a very cute holiday card. You can swap that hat out for a regular stocking cap the rest of the year. I love using this easy drawing as a watercolor project. Try using real watercolor paper so the colors are bright and the crayon resist for the snow really stands out. This painting by … Read More

Cute Snowman Drawing

A cute snowman drawing doesn’t have to be small and flat. In fact, they are a great subject to make look more dimensional. If you start with an old CD for tracing, you’ll be guaranteed to get your snowman off to a great start. Getting that first circle down on the paper (not too big, not too small) makes all … Read More

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