Birch Tree Paintings on Canvas

It’s easy to make birch tree paintings on canvas … if you use markers instead. Add a mini homemade craft stick easel and you have a special holiday gift. I recommend this project for those as young as 2nd grade, but probably not any lower. It is rather easy to have the markers smear while you color, and the younger you go the harder it is for students to be aware of that while … Read More

Line Art Project Leaves

 OK, this is my new favorite line art project. Students learn to make leaves transparent by drawing them only with lines. These students are 1st graders and they really took their time and drew LOTS of lines. I think having quality markers made all the difference. MATERIALS Drawing paper Leaf stencils, or templates cut from posterboard Stabilo Markers, or other medium tip markers DIRECTIONS Students trace a leaf with a pencil. They add a … 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

Matchbox Owl Art Project

My matchbox art projects all start with an origami box and sleeve template that I am happy to share. Making little things to go inside is half the fun. MATERIALS Matchbox PDF Tutorial and Template White card stock paper, 67 lb. Printer Scissors or paper cutter Sharpie black marker, ultra fine tip Glue stick Stabilo markers (great tips and lots of different colors) Woodsies, ovals and circles Craft glue   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print a … Read More

Fall Tissue Paper Leaf Collage

These are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint. MATERIALS Madras tissue paper Poster board or chip board for templates Scissors White card stock paper Glue stick, purple type may be most helpful Gold Sharpie marker, fine tip Crayola’s Watercolor Mixing Set   DIRECTIONS PREP: I used my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” post to create a paper template for students. … Read More

Dia De Los Muertos Display

Sent from a reader recently: “Thought you might like to see this pic. I do an altar display every year with a printmaking project. Do you see your grid mural?!  Thank you, Laurie B. Willits, CA Thank you Laurie, that is one incredible Day of the Dead display, I can see why you are so proud of your students!  – Kathy • Link to Day of the Dead Mural Template in my PDF Shop

Mummy Matchbox Art

My Matchbox Art students wrapped a pipe cleaner man with a strip of cheese cloth and then got to decide what kind of box their mummy wanted to “live” in. MATERIALS Matchbox Art PDF Tutorial Card stock paper, white Scissors or paper cutter Black Sharpie, ultra fine tip Black Sharpie, chisel tip Stabilo markers, assorted colors (these are my favorite) Tape Glue stick Pipecleaner man tutorial White pipe cleaners Cheesecloth   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print … Read More

Pattern Leaves

Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is to draw with black on one side and then color on the other so the two never actually touch each other. MATERIALS View and download Acetate Maple Leaf Photo Acetate Acetate Maple printout, see below Fine tip Sharpie Markers Brush Sharpie Markers … Read More

Snowy Winter Landscape

Students finished their snowy landscapes with the perfect tool. Sharpie paint markers allowed all the art to easily get a delicate sprinkling of snow. This art is getting used for annual holiday art fundraiser with Original Works. The goal was to create a colorful, seasonal picture for students of all abilities. This is no small feat to take on every year, but this one worked well for me. The proof will be in the … Read More

Line Art Tutorial

Here’s what I love about selling over the internet, customers can make requests, and you can turn around and help them FAST. I was reminded that my Line Art Portrait eBook could really use some more direction help, so to get started I’ve made an example from page 1, the Empress Elisabeth Alexeievna of Russia. My recommended process is to first draw modern hair and shoulder shapes with a thick marker. More thick lines are added … Read More

Planet Drawing Fun

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It’s been a space-themed week at my school, thanks to Monday’s eclipse. It provided the perfect subject matter for a new black paper and metallic marker project. MATERIALS Black Card Stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ (Look for Astrobright black at Staples, it’s perfect) Crayola Metallic Markers Circle Stencil, from Laurie Speltz, Creative Coach Pencil DIRECTIONS Note: I found this wonderful circle template a few years ago, and they’ve done a beautiful job in helping … Read More

Gift Box Truck

Here’s an idea for a transportation craft project. It costs about $1.50 for both gift boxes and makes a pretty cool looking truck with no prep work at all. MATERIALS White gift box: 9″ x 4.5″ x 4.5″ White gift box: 3″ x 3″ x 3″ Corrugated cardboard scraps Circle template, 2″ Scissors Sharpie markers, assorted Silver markers (optional) Brown paper packing tape (it’s much stickier than masking tape) DIRECTIONS Students keep the boxes … Read More

Back to School Composition Books

Here’s a fun back to school project from my Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids book. Don’t go back to school with generic composition books, make them as unique as you are! MATERIALS Composition book Black duct tape Sharpie water-based paint markers, assorted colors DIRECTIONS Cut or tear strips of tape that are a bit longer than the composition book. Wrap them carefully on the cover, with the ends tucked inside. Continue applying tape until … Read More

Deluxe Mona Lisa Template

Here’s another line art project, this time based on the very famous painting of Mona Lisa. This photoshopped face of Mona Lisa was originally posted quite awhile ago, but only with the one main page to draw on. When I taught this project, I realized students needed more references to “fill in the blanks”. They needed to see how the arms would take shape, a finished example for inspiration, and the original painting for a … Read More

Draw a Flower

A fun way to show kinders how to draw a flower.  Simple shapes with a twist of adding pins between the petals. MATERIALS • Download Pin Flower PDF tutorial • Drawing paper • Marker, thick black • Markers, assorted colors   DIRECTIONS Students draw their flowers according to the PDF tutorial After the pencil drawing is complete, students use thick black markers to trace all their lines. Markers are used to color in all … Read More

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