Pattern Leaves
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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 … Read More

Snowy Winter Landscape
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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 … Read More

Gift Box Truck
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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 … Read More

Back to School Composition Books
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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 … Read More

Deluxe Mona Lisa Template
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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 … Read More

Outline Hand Drawing
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Have students start by tracing their hand, and then add all the details they can see. MATERIALS • Journal Page or Drawing Paper • Pencil • Black Sharpie, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS … Read More

Symmetrical Drawing
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I actually ran out of drawing paper recently and tried out this food wrap (dry wax paper) that was left over from an old project. MATERIALS • Dry wax paper, 12″ x … Read More

Protractor Art
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Frank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be flat. In the 1960s he created some paintings titled the “Protractor Series” which you … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make … Read More

Elements of Art, with Sharpies
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I made an Elements of Art page for my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book with super simple illustrations. It seemed to me that if you kept the examples with the same subject … Read More

Kandinsky Common Core Art
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How many art projects include art history, Common Core standards AND make something really striking? Not many, and I’ve been at this for quite awhile now. This project was inspired by Kandinsky’s … Read More

Pop Art Portraits
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Andy Warhol’s repetitive style is fun to duplicate and the perfect example for students to create their own repetitive drawings. MATERIALS • Laser prints of famous people • Acetate • Sharpie markers, … Read More

Pre-K Auction Art
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Yes, you can make some really amazing auction art from a room full of 5 year olds. Celebrate all their scribbly drawings by attaching them to a stretched canvas, and you have … Read More

More Sharpies on Canvas
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More from my after school Sharpies on Canvas class, this time a from a kinder named Zoe. Students worked with a kind of Pop art theme by drawing animals and then adding … Read More

Kandinsky on Canvas Panels
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This is a match made in heaven, Brush Sharpie markers and Kandinsky on canvas. The brush markers just glide on the canvas and leave a brilliant color. Makes for a very fun … Read More

My “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” Book
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There it is, my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book at my local Barnes & Noble store. Still so surreal after I’ve spent so many hours browsing these bookstore shelves. Life is … Read More

Color Mixing with Sharpies
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Did you know that you can actually blend colors with Sharpies? And that you can do this particularly well with brush Sharpies on canvas? Here’s one of my projects from my “Sharpie … Read More

Collaborative Hearts on Canvas
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Looking for a collaborative project that creates a colorful, finished work of art? Try my favorite combo of Sharpies on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas and you are guaranteed … Read More

Mini Canvas Art
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I brought back one of my favorites, mini canvas art, for an after school class today. Mini canvases, brush Sharpies and homemade craft stick easels. My lesson was about making art with … Read More

Ornament Christmas Card
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To make this ornament Christmas card, try filling the shapes with lots of with lines and patterns and watch the edges appear all by themselves. MATERIALS • White cardstock paper, 5″ x … Read More

Sharpie Trees Winter Landscape
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Here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that works well for a wide range of students. The black permanent marker allows for liberal painting over the trees, and the white marker creates … Read More

Sharpie Blog Roll and Giveaway
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BLOGGER TO VISIT on Monday, Nov. 14: Mini Matisse “Fibers and Sharpies”     BLOGGER TO VISIT on Sunday, Nov. 13: MaryMaking “Paper Bag Owl”   BLOGGER TO VISIT on Saturday, Nov. … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies
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My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black and shiny silver. Fortunately, they all come from supplies that are very … Read More

Witch Hat Scratch Art
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I love how this witch hat scratch art pushes students to color heavily. It takes two coats of coloring to get the layers needed to scratch, so you can’t help but end … Read More

Paint A Crankenstein
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To learn how to paint a Crankenstein, you must first read Samantha Berger’s book on how you might spot such a creature, and how they come to be. It’s an adorable look … Read More

Day of the Dead Sharpie Art
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To make some super Day of the Dead Sharpie art, try coloring on aluminum foil. Besides the fact that that colors just glide on, the foil adds a richness to the color … Read More

Make a Tractor from Popsicle Sticks
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Thanks to Glued to my Crafts for this great idea of how to make a tractor from popsicle sticks. I just tried to making it all out of wood, and thanks to … Read More

Bat Painting, Silhouettes on Coffee Filters
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A fun way to make a bat painting as the permanent marker makes it easy to draw and color, and the coffee filters and watercolors never fail to amaze me with their … Read More

Transparent Line Art Leaves
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These line art leaves are a great project when studying the elements of art, specifically the power of lines. An amazingly pretty and transparent leaf can be made just by drawing lots … Read More

Fall Leaf Sharpie Art
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You just can’t beat the color and precision you get when you make fall leaf Sharpie art with the new brush tip variety. The markers actually work a lot like paint, in … Read More

Halloween Recycle Craft Project
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A friend has been saving these old saline bottles for quite awhile, and I finally had a chance to think up a Halloween recycle craft project for them. My reliable Sharpie markers … Read More

Overlapping Art, with Architecture
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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. … Read More

Overlapping Tree Collage
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This tree collage was inspired by a stock art illustration, and it seemed to me a great way to teach first and second graders about cutting and overlapping round shapes. MATERIALS • … Read More

How to Draw an Owl
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Learn how to draw an owl, and then finish it of with some pretty paint and metallic markers. Their shimmery color will look extra pretty against the matte paint colors. PREP • … Read More

Newspaper Cat Collage
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I love the look of a newspaper collage cat, but the reality of it brings problems when trying to make consistent supplies for 150 students. Solution? Technology to the rescue with a … Read More

Simple Drawing Project
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If you want to have your students concentrate on their coloring skills, it helps to start with a simple drawing project. Here are four easy images to work with, a house, flower, … Read More

Kinder’s First Project
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This Kinders First Project solved my dilemma this fall. I have always thought that if you make the first class too easy, you feel like you’re phoning it in. Make it too … Read More

Klimt Patterns
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Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter who often used gold leaf to make his elaborately patterned paintings, as in “Adele Bloch-Bauer’s Portrait.” One way for students the appreciate all the patterns is … Read More

Line Leaf
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This is a fun study of line patterns. I drew my leaf and filled it in, but a large template to trace might help younger students get started. • View and download … Read More

Sharpies and Tin Cans
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I’ve always hated throwing away old tin cans. They just have too many recycling possibilities. This one is for my art campers tomorrow, and also happens to be one of my projects … Read More

Abstract Grid Tree
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The abstraction of this Circle Grid Tree is easy if you start with a printed guide. If anyone knows who first thought of this abstract pattern, I’d love to know. The simplicity … Read More

Top Three Reasons for my Sharpie Book
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It’s just about wrapped up, my very first art book is in it’s final production stages and then soon will go off to the printer. I can’t tell you what milestone this … Read More

Dandelion Painting
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This dandelion painting uses bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking out a puffy white flower. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Paint brush and water • Ultra … Read More

Metal Tooling Mask
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Students made mini masks in my last metal tooling class and this 2nd grader, Megan B., did an exceptional job. MATERIALS • Water based markers • Felt, approx. 7″ x 6″ rectangles … Read More

Layla’s Mini Canvas Cat
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This marvelous Sharpie marker cat painting was created in my after school Mini Canvas Class today, by a first grader named Layla. I love the lopsided eye, crazy palette, and precise coloring … Read More

My Sharpie Book
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So I have a pretty cool announcement to make, I’ve been moonlighting a bit and have written my first art book! Last summer Quarry Books contacted me and asked if I would … Read More

Painting a Peacock
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I loved this approach to painting a peacock as soon as I saw it at That Artist Woman’s blog. I think the sweetness comes from the fact that you can easily see the face … Read More

Sharpie Scribble LOVE
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How about making it “Opposite Day” in art class, one where scribbling is not only allowed, but encouraged? This lesson could tie in Jasper Johns for his textured letter paintings, or Robert … Read More

Sonia Delaunay Circles
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My goal for this Sonia Delaunay Circle project was to have the students learn that if they used repeating shapes and colors in their art, they could create a very rhythmic picture. … Read More

Top 6 Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not do without are Sharpie markers, because they make such vivid colors on … Read More

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