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

Pop Art Landscape Tutorial

This popular Pop Art lesson is now available in a print friendly format. I recommend markers for a super bright work of art. Click below to access the file, and subscribe to my value-packed bonus emails as well. MATERIALS • Pop Art Landscape Tutorial (Click to download) • Drawing or Marker paper • Black Sharpie, chisel tip • Markers DIRECTIONS … Read More

Beans in a CD Case

Want the maximum viewing for plant experiments? Try growing beans in a CD case. You can easily see the root development. MATERIALS • Old CD Jewel Case • Potting soil • Bean seeds, small • Rubber band DIRECTIONS 1. Remove all inserts in the case. They should just pop out. 2. Moisten potting soil and place in bottom of open case. … Read More

Handwriting Practice

Instead of handwriting practice sheets, why not use acetate and Sharpie markers (much more fun) and then frame in front of a pretty photo print? MATERIALS “Every Child is an Artist” template (Click to download) Laser printer Acetate Sheets, 8.4″ x 11″ Sharpie markers, brush type if you can afford them Tape Color sky print (Try googling “sky photo” and … Read More

Dandelion Painting

Paint a dandelion tutorial with bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking the flower. Super fun combo of media. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Bleeding tissue paper* • Paint brush and water • Ultra fine tip black Sharpie markers* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at … 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

Quilt Circle Art for Kids

Quilt art for kids connects to other studies in so many ways – history, math, patterning, even teamwork. I like how this project requires little prep work and can result in one very large and beautiful quilt in about 45 minutes. MATERIALS Finger paint paper, cut into 4″ squares Protractor Large piece of butcher paper Glue sticks Markers, I used … Read More

Class Art Project for Fundraising

  My favorite class art project for fundraising is this one with Sharpie self portraits on canvas. I’ve done it with every kinder class for years, and some parents still think I send it out somewhere to have it made. MATERIALS Stretched canvas (I use a 16″ x 20″ size for classes with 25 or fewer students) Dry wax paper … Read More

Creating Robots with Kinders

I discovered a great new book that works well for teaching shapes to kindergarten students. It’s called “Unplugged”, which features a main character called Blip. MATERIALS “Unplugged” book by Steve Antony Black card stock paper Paper cutter Circle paper punch, 2″ Crayola Metallic Markers Glue stick Scissors DIRECTIONS PREP: Pre-cut paper shapes for all the students. Head: 3″ x 4″ … Read More

Cinco de Mayo Craft

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5th, is widely accepted as a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. Decorating food containers to look like sugar skulls is a fun and easy Cinco de Mayo craft for students of all ages. This is just one of the featured projects in my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book, now available at Amazon … Read More

Recycled Crafts from My Sharpie Book

I’ve always hated throwing away old tin cans. They just have too many recycling possibilities. These tin can crafts are just one of many included in my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book. MATERIALS • Old soup cans, washed and clean • Foil tape, from hardware store • Sharpie, fine tip, black • Sharpie, brush tip, variety of colors DIRECTIONS 1. Cut … Read More

Draw a Dandelion

Practice your fine marker skills with this dandelion drawing step by step project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a very pretty and delicate looking flower.  If you like to draw things that are organized and have a pattern, then you’ll probably love drawing these line are dandelions. I recommend drawing lightly with a pencil first, finding something to trace … Read More

Overlapping Art, with Architecture

One of the steps to go from drawing flat landscapes to ones with depth is to create overlapping art. This project plays with the idea, and need not follow any perspective rules. Young artists can just have fun making lots of 3D looking buildings that completely fill their page. MATERIALS • Overlapping Buildings PDF Tutorial • Drawing or multi-media paper … Read More

Earth Day Doodle Mural

For an easy Earth Day art project, try my Doodle Earth Day Mural template. Print the PDF pages, color, and tape together to make a work of art for any or all of your doors. MATERIALS • Doodle Earth Day PDF template • Card stock paper • Paper cutter • Markers or crayons • Masking tape DIRECTIONS 1. Print out … Read More

CD Spinners

I was looking for STEAM art projects for our school event, and was happy to find some spinning CD inspiration. Just a little prep, little expense, and lots of recycling of old CDs made this a winner. MATERIALS Old CDs Sharpie markers Imitation pearls Bamboo skewers Paper cutter or other tool to cut skewers Hot glue gun DIRECTIONS  PREP: Cut bamboo … Read More

Preschool Art Fundraiser

  I developed this art fundraiser project years ago, and it still works wonders. Sharpie drawings on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas. Cheap, easy and has a very finished look when complete. Drawings that may look like a bunch of scribbles somehow get a lot more polished when attached to a stretched canvas. The best part is … Read More

Geometric to Organic Shapes

Start with a geometry art lesson, and then add some water to create organic shapes. The fun part is the tracing of all the little knubby shapes the water helps to create. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Cardboard templates of triangles, circles and squares Waterbase markers Cup of water and brush or eye dropper Thin permanent marker DIRECTIONS Students used cardboard templates … Read More

Free “We Can Do It!” Mini Mural

March is the month to celebrate both women AND student art, so I’ve decided to support both with a free mini mural. “We Can Do It!” was a famous American wartime poster produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943 as an inspiring image to boost morale. This mural will measure about 30″ x 40″ when complete, and I hope it … Read More

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