Gold Rush PDF Package, $10
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I am happy to release my new Gold Rush package. It includes 3 sizes of my new San Francisco Niantic Hotel mural (6, 15 and 28 pages) and a new “Wanted” Poster … Read More

Father’s Day Scratch Art
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This is my favorite way for students to make a scratch art picture, first a black marker drawing, then layers of oil pastel on top.   MATERIALS • Card stock paper • … Read More

Organic Matisse Shapes
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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 … Read More

Earthworm Art
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I knew there was a way to mix scratch art and earthworm studies. Just make your own scratch art paper with oil pastels and you can fill your page with all the … Read More

Draw a Simple Cat
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Two circles get this simple cat drawing off to a good start. If you begin by tracing a roll of masking tape, kinders especially will be more likely to draw a cat … Read More

Van Gogh Iris Mural from Canada
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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 … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait Tutorial
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I’ve made a Modigliani self portrait tutorial in hopes that it encourages more to try it out. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing, and … Read More

Theibaud Cake Mural
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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 … Read More

Abstract Cat Drawing
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This cat project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch, who sadly passed away recently. She had a wonderful style of drawing abstract cats with large eyes that always met … Read More

Scratch Art Paper
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You don’t have to buy expensive scratch art paper. If you have some good oil pastels, you can make your own.   MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Sharpie, black, chisel tip … Read More

Draw a Clown
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My clown tutorial seems to be pretty popular over at Pinterest, so here is an update. My recommendation? Start with black paper so your clown can truly have the white face that … Read More

Kandinsky Circles with Oil Pastels
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Kandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s. His “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun and easy painting to imitate. Encourage students to lay in on thick, so … Read More

Celebrate Black History with W. H. Johnson
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In celebration of Black History month, I’ve created this mural in the style of William H. Johnson (1901-1970), a very talented painter who had a difficult life. He came to be widely admired for … Read More

Watercolor Resist Hearts
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These watercolor resist hearts use rubber cement to lock in a paint color while the surrounding areas soak it up. I recommend it for a home project as it works best with … Read More

Heart Trees
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright told his students, “Limits are an artist’s best friend.” That’s because they force us to find answers we might not otherwise have discovered. Students are to draw a … Read More

Klimt Tree of Life from Kuwait
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This amazing work of art comes all the way from the Middle East. Kristen D. wrote, “Hello, I just wanted to thank you so much for the brilliant tree project. I did … Read More

Jim Dine Heart
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Jim Dine is an American pop artist, famous for his series of heart paintings. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. … Read More

Cubist Heart
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If you know how to tint and shade with oil pastels, then try testing your skills on this Cubist style heart. MATERIALS • Multimedia or card stock paper, square • Pencil • … Read More

Liberty Bell Art
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To honor it’s history, here’s a Liberty Bell art project that uses sgraffito, an ancient scratch art technique. • View and download Liberty Bell line drawing MATERIALS • Cardstock paper • Oil … Read More

Student MLK mural art from the Bronx
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Thank you to Ms. Serre and Ms. March’s fourth grade class from PS11 in the Bronx, NY. They quickly put one of my murals together today, and shared the results. Isn’t it … Read More

Collaborative Martin Luther King Mural
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A reader shared this collaborative Martin Luther King mural photo awhile back, and it’s one of my favorites. I’m amazed how neatly they colored it and put it together. (Also, would love … Read More

How to Draw a Rooster Head
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In honor of the Chinese New Year that kicks off on Jan. 28, I have created this “How to Draw a Rooster Head” tutorial, which lets young artists just focus on their … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural 2017
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My new Chinese New Year Mural 2017 celebrates the Year of the Rooster. The first day of the New Year is on Saturday, January 28th. This mural is drawn and colored with the … Read More

Negative Space Tree
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This negative space tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill … Read More

Draw a Cardinal
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I’ve been on the lookout for a new way to draw a cardinal. This one, inspired by a stock art illustration is built on some very simple shapes that I think young … Read More

Scratch Art with Oil Pastels
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Making scratch art with oil pastels can be rather basic, but have you tried making different color combos on one piece of art? Or coloring three layers to see what happens? Many … Read More

Snowy Winter Tree Painting
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For this snowy winter tree painting, students have the chance to just focus on the branches without any worries about leaves. Studying their basic structure will help them draw more realistically. I’ve … Read More

Candle Card
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A candle card works well for the holidays as so many religions use them to celebrate. This is simply drawing candles and then breaking up the background for a faux stained glass … Read More

More Witch Hat Scratch Art
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My students have been making these Witch Hat Scratch Art images all week. And as I mentioned before, I’ve learned that as long as they make two thick layers of color before … 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

Student Chalk Pastel Apples
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A quick look at how some of my 4th graders made their apple drawings last week. I love how the oil pastel made a very thick edge, and literally helped keep the … Read More

Draw a Fall Tree
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To learn how to draw a fall tree, try thinking of it as a series of branches, and not just a fluffy shape that sits on a stick. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo
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A few key features will help you learn how to draw Frida Kahlo like a pro. She was a Mexican self-portrait artist and feminist icon who was married to Diego Rivera. Draw … Read More

Abstract Art Cat
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Turn a simple drawing into an Abstract Art Cat by just dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. Neat coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will … Read More

How to Draw a Pumpkin
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There are many “How to Draw a Pumpkin” tutorials out there. This is my take on what I would share with older students, namely third through fifth graders. They should be able … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing, Kandinsky Style
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Here’s a maple leaf drawing idea that uses colors, Kandinsky-style. Kandinsky was one of the first artists to make abstract paintings that celebrated ideas as simple as rings of color. I followed … Read More

Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows
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Vincent Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows, shows a dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows over a wheat field. The simple layout is perfect for practicing layers of oil pastels to see … Read More

Seasonal Tree Mural
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My Seasonal Tree mural can be adjusted to follow the seasons throughout the year. After a large tree is completed, different leaves (included in file) are colored in, cut and mounted to show … Read More

Oil Pastel Kimono
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Studying the culture from other countries offers a a new perspective on common items such as clothing.   MATERIALS • Multimedia or drawing paper • Oil pastels   DIRECTIONS 1. Students start … Read More

Simple Landscape
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LLearning perspective starts with noticing that the closer objects are, the bigger they appear. If students draw a simple landscape with just large trees and a small house, they are guaranteed to … Read More

Self Portraits, Modigliani Style
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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, and thick pastels are the perfect … Read More

Valentine’s Day Murals
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My collaborative Valentine’s Day Murals make fun signs for classrooms and parties. Purchase the PDF file for just $5 and print and color as many as you want. • Purchase Mini Valentine … Read More

Oil Pastel Heart
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This oil pastel heart project actually did triple duty last year. It continued the student’s study of warm and cool colors, taught them about a Pop artist named Jim Dine, and provided … Read More

Poinsettia Art
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Make some pretty poinsettia art by just tearing shapes from tissue paper. The torn shapes just naturally look a lot like the flower petals. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Tissue paper: green, … Read More

Fall Leaf Painting Project
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Colorful leaves and a black background will make a lovely fall leaf painting project. If you are lucky, you can gather real maple or oak leaves for your students to trace. For … Read More

Circle Oil Pastel Sun
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If I’ve learned one thing about oil pastels, it’s that the best results come from working with very simple shapes. They also allow for more experimenting with layering, which most students tend … Read More

Jim Dine Textured Heart
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Jim Dine is an American pop artist, famous for his series of heart paintings. This project uses tissue paper, glue and oil pastels to create a heart in his very textured style. … Read More

NEW! Mini Master Murals 2
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This Mini Mural Set consists of three smaller versions of these popular murals: “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “Red Room” by Matisse, and “Tree of LIfe” by Klimt. FINISHED DIMENSIONS • Sunflowers: 23″ … Read More

DAD Card Template
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As one of my favorite card projects, I’ve posted this before but never with a template that I thought some busy teachers might appreciate. • View and download D-A-D PDF template PREP: … Read More

Color Study, Paul Klee Style
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Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was an modern art master who fell in love with color after a visit to Tunisia. I love his “Ancient Harmony” painting that twinkles with light and … Read More

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