NEW Recycled Art Journal eBook

I have developed an art journal for kids that is based on creating artwork in a 6″x 9″ format. I have combined and updated two past recycled books to create a new jumbo version, packed with 25 projects, tailored to this specific page size. PURCHASE RECYCLE EBOOK PDF FILE INCLUDES 25 Art Journal Projects, including many templates Binder cover art, … Read More

Self Portraits, Modigliani Style

This Modigliani self portrait project seems to work surprisingly well every time I try it. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • Oil pastels • (See below for a marker version drawn on 7″ x 12″ drawing paper) DIRECTIONS 1. Cut the paper to … Read More

Pastel and Pattern Eggs

My kids really enjoyed mixing paint colors by using just yellow, red, orange and white. • Egg Template jpg (Drag to desktop) MATERIALS Multimedia paper, printed with egg template Tempera Paint Oil Pastels DIRECTIONS SESSION ONE: I made an egg template page and gave one to each student along with white, yellow, red and orange tempera paint. They were instructed … Read More

Scratch Art Designs for Valentine’s Day

I brought out my old stash of oil pastels and showed students how to make scratch art designs for Valentine’s Day. Messy, but really beautiful! This is what you save that old broken batch of pastels for. Choose a simple shape for students to draw, layer with color, and then scratch away. The fun part is that if they don’t … Read More

Cow Face Drawing

This exaggerated cow face drawing was inspired by a funny painting I found in a home decor catalog. I think I first posted this about seven years ago, before I decided to make PDF tutorials a regular option to download. Enjoy everyone, this has long been a favorite project of mine for 4th and 5th graders.  • Cow Face Drawing … Read More

Black History Month Artist: Lois Mailou Jones

Black history month art projects are a great way to learn about some amazing people who had to forge their own way in the world. Lois Mailou Jones (1905 – 1998) had an impressive career, but do you know how she got started? She had been working as a textile designer and often sold her bold fabric creations to department … Read More

Free Christmas Wreath Mural

Here’s a thank you to hard-working teachers and parents everywhere, a free Christmas Wreath coloring project. May it add a little extra cheer to your home or classroom. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • 4 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Coloring Guide • Single Page Version FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 15″ x 15″ RECOMMENDED MEDIA: Portfolio Oil Pastels, 24 pack • Download Christmas Wreath PDF … Read More

Oil Pastel Candle Drawing

If you need Christmas drawing ideas for kids, this one is works for many different religions. It’s made of simple shapes that are easy for all to draw. I recommend drawing the candle and tracing all the lines several times with a black pastel so they are really thick. When you color in the shapes at the end, you will … Read More

Harvest Banners from Willits, CA

 Thanks so much to Baechtel Grove Middle School in Willits, CA for sharing their work-in-progress Harvest banners. They look amazing! I recently made this new Harvest Banner template for my PDF shop after seeing how popular my hand drawn post was. I know that not everyone can sketch out giant ears of Indian corn, or even has time to, so … Read More

New Harvest Banner, $5 PDF Template

Now you can make your own Indian corn harvest banners for home, school or festivals with my latest PDF mural template. Buy it once and create as many giant ears of Indian corn that you could every possibly need. My sample has pretty realistic colors, but you could go abstract too with bright random colors. The simple corn shape will … Read More

Winter Landscape

If you draw a landscape with layers, your art with naturally have more depth to it. Follow this formula to make a simple winter drawing that creates all three layers in a very simple format. MATERIALS • Layered Landscape PDF Tutorial • Multimedia Paper • Pencil • Oil Pastels, I prefer the Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. Each student draws three … Read More

Organic Matisse Shapes

An overlapping lesson with Matisse-like shapes makes a colorful drawing exercise. Matisse didn’t start painting until he was about 20 years old, but then would paint morning, noon and night for pretty much the rest of his life. He eventually became a key figure in the world of modern art. MATERIALS • Sample Matisse Shapes • Chip board • Drawing … Read More

Van Gogh Iris Mural from Canada

This amazing Van Gogh Iris mural comes from Coral Schober in Ontario, Canada. She’s a volunteer Art Image Teacher at the Kortright Hills Public school, and made this Van Gogh Iris Mural with Mr. Keunen’s 4th grade class. Aren’t the colors amazing? MATERIALS • Van Gogh Iris Mural template • Card stock paper • Paper cutter • Oil Pastels (I … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait Tutorial

My Amedeo Modigliani for kids art lesson shows students how to distort a portrait, much in the way that he elongated necks and faces. Something about this process seems to free students up from getting overly fussy with their drawings. The best medium for this? Thick pastels on black paper to imitating Modigliani’s rich dark paintings. • View and download Modigliani … Read More

Theibaud Cake Mural

Wayne Thiebaud is an American artist best known for his paintings of cakes in light pastel shades. I exaggerated the colors and frostings a bit in this homage, and hope it adds for some extra fun. MATERIALS • PDF Theibaud template, from APFK PDF Shop • Printer • Cardstock paper • Paper cutter • Portfolio pastels • Masking tape • … Read More

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