Draw a Dragon Head

Focus on the head for an easy to draw dragon tutorial. The legs and tail can come after you master that fierce face. Your drawing may of course be completed however you like, but I recommend that you try filling him in with two values of whatever color you choose. That means that you press hard to get a darker … Read More

Draw a Little Girl

Here’s a little girl drawing easy enough for even beginner artists. Have some fashion design fun with a beret, scarf or more. There are at least three benefits to drawing people with oversized heads. One, it’s easier. There’s obviously a lot more room to work with. Two, it’s cuter, as shown in this sample. And three, it makes you a … Read More

Draw an Armadillo

You can easily draw an armadillo using some very basic shapes. A football shaped head and half circle body with shell lines will tell everyone exactly what it is. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover their back, head, legs, and tail. Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear … Read More

Sonia Delaunay Circles

You can share Sonia Delaunay for kids by imitating her love of concentric circles. An inexpensive template makes this project doable, and Sharpies make them very colorful. Sonia Delaunay was a ground-breaking female artist from the early 1900s who made some wonderful abstract paintings known for their rhythm and color. This project uses her style of many concentric circles, and … Read More

Mother’s Day Projects to Paint

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day projects to paint, there’s none sweeter than a mother and baby giraffe. Except maybe a mother and baby with hearts flowing in between them. MATERIALS Mother Giraffe Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Brown crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you … Read More

Bumblebee Watercolor Painting

This simple bee drawing was inspired by a stock art image. The black permanent marker guarantees crisp lines, the white crayon adds a little extra sparkle. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) • Sharpie marker, fine point* • Liquid watercolor paint* • White crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through … Read More

How to Draw a Giraffe

My giraffe face drawing tutorial works great with watercolor and oil pastels. It keeps the blue paint from running into the pretty yellow faces, which is more likely to happen if you use watercolor for both. I love this point of view of the giraffe face. It really breaks down the distinguishing features in to easy steps, so you have a pretty … Read More

Mini Kandinsky Diamond Painting

A fun and easy abstract art project for kids is to use brush Sharpie markers on mini canvases. It feels like you’re painting with the world’s brightest colors. The best part of this design is that you only need two center pencil lines to start. The rest can all be free hand lines drawn directly with the marker. I recommended … Read More

Mini Canvas Kandinsky Circle Painting

Mini painting ideas call for images that can be forgiving. Kandinsky’s circle art is perfect for even young artists to imitate. For special occasions, try a batch of Sharpie Brush Markers and mini canvases. The color will just glide on and pop on that white background. One of my favorite after school classes was a mini canvas session with kinder through … Read More

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

Easy Cartoon Dog Drawing

This cartoon dog drawing tutorial provides a complete study in symmetry. The oversized eyes and feet are a good clue that he’s also meant to just look silly. MATERIALS Download Cartoon Dog Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Draw the cartoon … Read More

How to Draw a Labrador Dog

To draw a Labrador, just adjust the shape the of face and ears of your average dog. This step by step tutorial will help you draw one in nine easy steps. When complete you get to decide if he or her is a yellow or chocolate or black lab. MATERIALS View and download Labrador Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons … Read More

Drawing Big Ben

Drawing Big Ben gets easier when you have some grid paper and a tutorial to follow. It’s all about simplifying all those many little shapes that are found all over this historic landmark. For more landmark tutorials like this one, please see “Draw World Landmarks” in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS View and download Big Ben Tutorial Grid paper, 1/4″ lines … Read More

How to Make a Simple Train Drawing

Most simple train drawing tutorials for kids focus on the old-fashioned version, for some reason. There are a lot of modern options though too. The newer and sleeker trains are a lot of fun to draw, and still start with simple shapes. You could get inspired by the familiar Amtrak cars, or even the high-speed trains that are found in … Read More

Tissue Paper Flowers

Need a pretty but inexpensive Mother’s Day project? Tissue paper flowers cost pennies and can be modified to neatly fit any size jar.   All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page

Here’s an Earth Day coloring page with plenty of fun shapes to color. It is based on my Doodle Mural, which makes a lovely work of art for any classroom door. I hope the message inspires more awareness of reducing, reusing and recycling to keep our planet beautiful. Who knows what we can accomplish if we all work together. To … Read More

How to Draw the Notre Dame Cathedral

Someone on the news recently said that “to see Notre Dame was to witness the brilliant thinking that went in to making it.” Notre Dame’s architecture is noted for its intricacies, but on very fundamental level, it is a beautifully balanced and symmetrical building that students can appreciate more fully with a tutorial that makes it easier to see those … Read More

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