Draw a Bat, and the Perfect Book

  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 their radar to see at night, and tells of a young bat’s first flight by himself. Really one of those special books, and a great match for this … Read More

Cute Fox Drawing

Here’s a baby fox drawing, easy enough for even kindergarteners to try out. Careful coloring will really make him stand out. To create the look of my sample, have students draw on black paper, trace the lines with a black oil pastel, and then fill in as shown. • View and download Cute Fox Tutorial MATERIALS Black construction paper Oil … Read More

How to Draw a Squirrel, Step by Step

How to draw a squirrel that is pretty realistic, but still very cute. Use these step by step directions to draw a squirrel with it’s trademark bushy tail. I often tell my students that curves are the trickiest thing to draw as it takes some careful judgement to see how slight or dramatic they may be. This little guy is … Read More

Fun Scarecrow Drawing

  This scarecrow drawing can include a lesson in foreground and background, and contrasting color. Everyone wants a scarecrow you can’t miss. The nicest scarecrow drawing in the world can’t get its due if it blends in with the background. When choosing colors, students need to think about how to make their scarecrow stand out with colors that look really … Read More

Self Portrait Project with Tape

Self portrait art projects are fun when you mix up the media. Give your students lots of tearing practice with this one made from colored masking tape. Anyone who is learning how to draw will tend to things the way they always do. By requiring them to make lines with only torn tape, they will have to do some problem … Read More

Draw a Scarecrow Face

Here’s a fun way to draw a scarecrow. Add some crayon lines and watercolor and you have a very cute fall painting. I highly recommend printing or drawing the light center guide lines though, before you start. They really help young ones place their lines. And don’t skip the crayon details as they add some nice bumpy texture. • View … Read More

Cartoon Fox

Here’s a cute fox drawing that includes a little perspective lesson too. You can concentrate on just drawing his face and tail.   • View and download Cartoon Fox 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 … Read More

Doodle Name Art in 8 Easy Steps

Doodle name art works great for any kind of heading you may want to have that hand drawn look. Here are a few simple steps to follow to make anyone’s name (or word, for that matter) look fun and creative. MATERIALS View and download my Doodle Name Art Tutorial Drawing or Marker paper, wide and narrow format it best Markers, … Read More

Draw an Easy Penguin

Looking for a penguin drawing easy enough for kinders? I’d recommend this side view penguin as it works with just some very basic shapes. MATERIALS Download Easy Penguin 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 … Read More

Draw a Girl in a Kimono

I created a series of easy people to draw, all which feature oversized heads. It makes it easy for young artists to fill in the features. This Japanese girl in a kimono would be great when students are learning about different cultures. MATERIALS Download Kimono Girl Tutorial Drawing paper Old CD for tracing Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial … Read More

Pretend Passports

Traveling soon? Make the trip more fun and educational with my pretend passport template. I started making them for students at my school, years ago, and have polished them up ever since. I saw too many bad ones online and knew they could look better. My version includes a box to draw your own self-portrait, maps to note where you … Read More

Paint a Cow Face

This cow head drawing is pretty simple and symmetrical, making him or her a good candidate for fun watercolor painting. For some extra color, try outlining the cow with a brightly colored crayon before painting. MATERIALS Draw Cow Face PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Fold paper in half both ways … Read More

Draw a Midieval Castle

There are many ways to draw a castle. Here’s a step by step castle drawing with a fairy tale quality to it. MATERIALS View and download Midieval Castle Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Draw the castle according to the instructions shown on the tutorial. Trace all the lines with a black marker. Color all of the … Read More

Draw a Cute and Easy Car

  Let’s face it, Volkswagen Beetle cars are cute. Here’s a car drawing step by step tutorial that you can download for easy use in the classroom or at home. Note: Another reader just emailed me about how useful the guidelines (those dashed lines in my tutorial) have been for her students. They really help students place their lines more … Read More

Ice Cream Cone Painting

A fun ice cream art for kids project is going for the “world’s tallest cone”. Working with narrow paper will not only encourage some creative thinking, it’s more economical too. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper, 18″ x 24″  cut into 18″ x 6″ panels • Crayons • Watercolor paint, I love the Sargent Liquid paints DIRECTIONS 1. Students discuss all the … Read More

Draw the Statue of Liberty’s Face

I created this How to Draw the Statue of Liberty tutorial for kinders, who often study symbols of the United States. Concentrating on just drawing her face and crown are pretty manageable if you break them down into simple steps. • View and download Lady Liberty’s Portrait PDF Tutorial MATERIAL • Watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, chisel tip • Crayons … Read More

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