Class Self-Portrait Collage

This class self-portrait collage, a collection of all my 5th grade students and their teachers, has been one of my favorite art fundraiser ideas for years. I don’t know who had more fun, the kids tracing and coloring their pictures or me pasting it together to see the final effect.    MATERIALS • Stretched canvas • Printed headshots on copy paper • Carbon paper • Dry wax paper • Sharpie markers • BIC markers … Read More

Abraham Lincoln Coloring Page

I made an Abraham Lincoln coloring page from my Lincoln Mural, and I think it might challenge older students to see how neatly they can fill it in. It’s made of posterized shapes that have all kinds of wiggly lines that seen random, but them make sense once they are colored in. MATERIALS • Abraham Lincoln PDF Coloring Page • Printer • Drawing or multimedia paper • Markers recommended, pencil crayons or crayons   … Read More

Pattern Cat with Markers

This project is one of my most pinned art lesson ideas. I think it’s because of the all the simple shapes and rich colors. One of my favorite combinations is Sharpies on fingerpaint paper. The color just glides on and it has a rich shine to it when you are finished. The only catch is that it is tricky to draw on as pencil lines are difficult to erase. For that reason, especially for … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural 2018

My new dog mural will add some fun to Chinese New Year activities. Lots of simple red coloring to bring luck for the new year. The first day of the Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16th. This mural is drawn and colored with the look of ancient tradition of Chinese paper cutting. These works were commonly made of red paper, as red is associated with festivities and happiness in their culture. MATERIALS • … Read More

Clothespin Craft Airplanes with Color

Here’s how my students finished up their clothespin planes, with a little color and string to make their airplanes fly.They make a pretty cute assortment! MATERIALS Clothespins, medium Craft sticks, regular size Craft sticks, mini size Woodsie shapes Wooden beads Woodent dowels String Hot glue gun Tape Sharpie markers   DIRECTIONS PREP: Use a glue gun to attach sticks to clothespin. Glue bead to front. Glue propellor pieces together and attach to bead. Students … Read More

Warhol Soup Can Labels

Pop artist Andy Warhol wanted to make a statement about art being everywhere – even in grocery stores – hence his famous Campbell’s soup can. Students can color my printed PDF label that has the vital logo in place, and an empty space to fill in with a creative new soup flavor. • Download Soup Can Template PDF MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Printer • Markers • Old empty soup cans • Tape   … Read More

Drawing Symmetrical Elf Shoes (with a Template!)

This is one of my student’s favorite Christmas drawing ideas, and I think it’s because it’s a new point of view for them, and offers all kinds of color and pattern possibilities. The one issue that I have been meaning to address with this project is the drawing of the elf feet. I first did this with older students (grade 3 – 5) who would often get stuck in drawing the second symmetrical foot. … Read More

Marker Drawings for Christmas Cards

This is one of my favorite Christmas drawings for cards. It uses a little positive / negative space and symmetry lesson too. This is also a good project to bring out the best fine tip markers you have. I love my new Stabilo Fine Lines that were part of my popular Zentangle Snowflake posting. The tips are thin, yet very strong and even withstood elementary school hands. I recommend this project as shown here … Read More

How to Draw a Star Banner

My favorite way to show students how to draw a star is to connect the dots. Have the dots touch the edge of a paper to get stars that fill up the page. I describe the star as having a head, two arms and two legs. Yes, much like Patrick Star from Spongebob if that helps. Instruct students to make a head dot at the center top of the paper, two hand dots across … Read More

Zentangle Art Snowflakes

Zentangle art is drawing with repetitive patterns. My snowflakes may look complex, but they are made from just adding lots of arrows to my star template. I tried out some new Stabilo markers for this drawing, and totally love the pointMax set. The tips are nice and firm, so it makes them a pleasure to draw with. The company makes other super fine markers, but I think this size is perfect for trying to … Read More

Step by Step Elf Drawing

Need a step by step Elf drawing tutorial? Here’s a pretty cute guy to draw (which could easily be turned into a girl, by the way.) MATERIALS Draw Elf 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 draw the elf in pencil. The elf is traced with a black marker. The … Read More

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

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