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

How to Draw Aliens

This tutorial for how to draw aliens encourages a mixing of eyes, hands and feet. After all, who really knows what an alien might look like? It’s a good direct draw project for the very young as aliens can be whatever they imagine. MATERIALS Draw Aliens PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. … Read More

Step-by-Step Rooster Drawing

This step by step rooster drawing is great for kinders as it talks about circles, squares and triangles. Add some crayon lines before you paint and you get a very pretty watercolor resist rooster. MATERIALS • View and download Rooster Tutorial • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Half circle and square templates for young students (optional) • Permanent Sharpie marker … Read More

Draw Captain America

It’s fun to tie drawing lessons into current movies, if you can. Here’s one way to draw a young looking Captain America, that I would save for 2nd graders on up. MATERIALS View and download Captain America Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to … Read More

Draw the US Capitol

A US Capitol building drawing is quite a study of symmetry. I made this tutorial with some simplification to help older students see all that lovely detail. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. I’ve made a tutorial that includes graph paper to help students align all of its beautiful … Read More

Simple Color Wheel

Use your old CDs to make a simple color wheel. It involves a bit of “eyeball” measuring, which works fine for this purpose. • View and download Divide CD Tutorial MATERIALS Old CDs Ruler Sharpie marker, black, fine tip Sharpie markers, assorted, fine or brush tip   DIRECTIONS Print tutorial for each student. Students use a ruler to divide the … Read More

Free Butterfly Printable

Searching for a butterfly printable for symmetrical coloring practice? Here’s a butterfly drawing I created a while back that is free to download. Enjoy! MATERIALS Download PDF Butterfly template Drawing paper Printer Crayons or markers DIRECTIONS Download the Butterfly template from the link above. Print the line drawing on your printer. Copy as needed for art or science projects. For … Read More

How to Draw a Snake

Here’s how to draw a snake that looks like he is all coiled up. Add some texture by rubbing with a crayon when you are done. MATERIALS Download Coiled Snake Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons Animal Skins Rubbing Plates *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, … Read More

Draw a Cute Cartoon Sheep

This is pretty much the world’s easiest way to make a cute sheep drawing. The simple cartoon eyes will kind of seal the deal. • Download Cartoon Sheep Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial to draw the … Read More

Draw a Cruise Ship

Here’s a simple way to draw and paint a cruise ship. The bottom ocean got an extra coat of blue so that it would stand out from the sky. MATERIALS PDF Cruise Ship Tutorial Watercolor paper Black permanent marker Liquid Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Follow the six drawing steps as shown, adding as much detail as desired. Trace all the lines … Read More

Easy Easter Bunny Drawing

Here’s an easy Easter bunny drawing that is fun for kids of all ages. He’s sitting up, which makes it easy to add a basket in his paw.   Try tracing the marker lines with a crayon, just to add some extra texture and color. MATERIALS View and download Easter Bunny Tutorial Watercolor Paper Black Sharpie Crayons Liquid watercolor paint … Read More

A Cute Bunny Face Drawing

For an extra cute bunny face drawing, watch where you place the eyes. A large head, with small eyes, that are far apart will always do the trick. For some extra fun, add clothes to your bunny, as in Peter Rabbit style. It just may inspire a story about who your bunny is, and what they do all day. MATERIALS … Read More

Easy to Draw Dragonfly

Here’s an easy to draw dragonfly tutorial works really well for young artist, especially kindergarteners. Lots of oval drawing practice. This drawing happens to be one of my favorites, as in all-time favorites. The smile, and eyelashes, and hearts and scribbly color all just make me smile every time I look at it. All I know is that if I … Read More

Draw a Baby Chick

Here’s how to draw a baby chick, which I found to work really well with kinder through 2nd graders. I recommend finding some kind of circle to trace for the head. A bowl, roll of masking tape, anything to get it round and centered on the paper. Circles are some of the hardest shapes to first draw, and students often … Read More

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