Easy Abstract Art Cat

One of my favorite abstract art ideas for beginners is to divide a page into quarters, and fill in with opposing colors. An instant cool look! Careful coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will not have the same effect as this amazing young student’s art. For maximum contrast, I recommend that students fill each section with … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo

My favorite Frida Kahlo for kids project is a simple portrait with a few key features. Draw her hair up, with flowers and classic heavy eyebrows, and there’s not much mistaking whose portrait you are drawing. Frida overcame many obstacles in her life, but she always found a way to continue making art. That’s a pretty good message for children … Read More

How to Draw eBook

Looking for a few How to Draw tutorials for your young artists? How about 200 of them? All in one ebook? Years of making tutorials for my after school classes has helped me discover what works best for those just beginning to draw. This giant ebook contains 200 projects that start with simple shapes students can most easily see, so … Read More

How to Draw a Kimono

To learn how to draw a kimono that has lots of room for pretty patterns, just start with a large T shape. Add the sides and bands for color and you’re done. I’ve used this approach for both large oil pastel drawings and tempera paintings, even watercolor on transparent paper. It’s a good lesson in symmetry, and a great way … Read More

Cubism Valentine Project

If you know how to tint and shade with oil pastels, then try testing your skills with this cubism Valentine project to make your own masterpiece. MATERIALS Multimedia or card stock paper, square Pencil Ruler Oil pastels, Portfolio brand The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, but … Read More

Easiest Valentine Art

This may be the easiest Valentines art for kids project that I know of. If you can layer oil pastels, you can scratch out some very artsy looking hearts. I’ve added color lessons to this before, but honestly some of the most striking hearts (this one especially) came from just free form coloring. No matter which route you go though, … Read More

Black History Artist: Lois Mailou Jones

Black history 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 stores. … Read More

Scratch Art Mitten

Mittens and scratch art make for some really creative winter art activities. You can practice making different textures by just scratching way. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Ruler Oil pastels, I recommend Portfolio brand Wood stylus (Optional) PDF mitten template, for kinder and first graders DIRECTIONS Use the ruler to draw a frame all around the edge of the paper. You can … Read More

How to Draw Chinese Lanterns

Here’s how to draw and paint Chinese lanterns, with a perspective lesson as well. The Chinese New Year starts on Feb. 5th. MATERIALS Download Chinese Lantern PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper (I like Pacon Art 1st) Black Permanent marker (This Ticonderoga brand doesn’t bleed) Prang Gallery Watercolor Pencils (more colorful than other brands)    DIRECTIONS Follow the tutorial to draw the lanterns … Read More

Stained Glass Candle Card

 For a pretty Christmas card drawing idea, you can’t beat a stained glass candle card. Embrace the smudge of oil pastels for that shadowy colorful look. Candles play a center role in all kinds of celebrations this time of year, so this warm candle on a cool, fractured background works for just about everyone. MATERIALS Heavy drawing paper Oil pastels, … Read More

How to Color a Turkey, Sgraffito style

Here’s how to color a turkey, and end up with a very cool looking work of art. Sgraffito is the art of scratching color away to reveal something underneath. The idea is to draw a turkey, trace it with a black marker to make the lines stand out, color it well, cover all with a black pastel, and then scratch … Read More

Watercolor Turkeys

These lovely watercolor turkeys show how Thanksgiving art projects don’t have to be brown and boring. Volunteer art docent Tricia from Brentwood, CA had her 4th grade students first draw them on 12×18 white paper with Sharpies. They added oil pastel accents and finished with water color from edge to edge. Love the color! Here is my tutorial she followed: PREP • … Read More

Easy Fall Tree Drawing

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This fall drawing project makes students use the entire page as it only works when the branches touch the edge of the paper. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill in, but I have discovered that the marker will bleed in time and make a fuzzy line. If you want to avoid … Read More

Simple Owl Drawing

This really is the world’s most simple owl drawing. Just a few lines and bam, an unmistakably fierce looking bird. Be sure to trace those simple lines twice with the black oil pastel to make sure they stand out. It makes all those edges really stand out. MATERIALS Old paper to make pattern. 8.5″ x 11″ Scissors Black construction paper, … Read More

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