Easy Watercolor Tree Painting

This easy watercolor painting idea makes the most of what paints and Sharpie markers do best. Markers stay black while paint runs and mixes together. My only tip is, be sure to have good black markers when you start this project. Preferably thick chisel tip ones. The trees look really bold and dramatic with solid black color. If markers are … Read More

Draw a Goose

Here’s how to draw a goose with a slightly different pose. I like how the goose fills the paper in a nice and balanced way. Most young artists tend to draw small. That’s why I like adding the two guide lines in the middle of the paper to help them judge where to place their first lines. You can crease … Read More

Recycled Rooster

Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat”* is perfect and actually the inspiration for this project. *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra … Read More

Draw a Daffodil

A daffodil drawing step by step tutorial is all you need to create a pretty spring painting or drawing. Choose a media that lets you make your brightest yellow colors, and then get busy drawing or painting or coloring. Who needs to draw the same flower shapes again and again when you can make these daffodils, or buttercups? The simple … Read More

Earth Day Blue Planet Collage

A collage makes a great earth day project, but can also result in a lot of unfinished art. Turn everyone’s effort into a group project and see what can happen. This was created by 35 fourth graders in about 45 minutes. MATERIALS Old magazines Butcher paper Glue sticks, lots! Black marker DIRECTIONS PREP: Draw one large planet template on a … Read More

Simple Flowers to Draw

Looking for simple drawing ideas? These flowers come from an old Arts & Activities magazine, and work for kinders as the lines are very basic. I’ve used it as one of the first direct draw lessons as it includes lots of words they are learning: straight, zig-zag, round, short, long, etc. The make the most of those cute wobbly lines, … Read More

How to Draw a Grizzly Bear

Drawing grizzly bears can be simplified if you just draw the front view, with two legs instead of four. Plus you get the fun of looking right in his (or her!) amazing face! MATERIALS Draw a Grizzly Bear PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Fold their drawing paper in half in both directions, crease and open again. … Read More

Cubism Face with Markers

There’s more than one way to create a cubism for kids project. I like this one that uses the two-sided look of a face with bright bold markers. It’s also a easy way for students to draw self portraits. All they need to do is add their own hair for their own Picasso-style self portrait. MATERIALS Cubism Face PDF Tutorial … Read More

Easy Face Drawing Tutorial

Try this easy drawing tutorial to make sure your students fill their paper, and probably make a pretty cool abstract face at the same time. I used it with kinders for years, and fell in love with the Picasso-ish results. This project works great with all kinds of media, and creates a lot of big spaces that are easily colored … 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

Paul Klee Castle Drawing

Paul Klee was an abstract artist who made lots of simple paintings that are fun to imitate. Students can create the look of his “Castle and Sun” painting by tracing geometric cardboard shapes, and then filling in with pencil crayons. This drawing is a good example of many of the Elements of Art. It uses Lines to make Shapes, that … Read More

Monet Water Lily Art Project

To create a Claude Monet art project, try painting his water lilies with watercolor and oil pastels. They both create very different textures, which is one of the Elements of Art. • Download Claude Monet’s Water Lilies Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor paper (For special occasions, try this Strathmore brand)* • Oil pastels: yellow, peach, pink, light green and white* • … Read More

Deluxe Mona Lisa Template

Here’s a fun Mona Lisa art project, starting with her very famous face and then filling in your own background with lines, just for contrast. This photoshopped face of Mona Lisa was originally posted quite a while ago, but only with the one main page to draw on. When I taught this project, I realized students needed more references to … Read More

Simple Cats to Draw

If you are looking for simple drawings for kids to copy, try sharing this “Jazzy Cat” painting. One of my students, Zack, was inspired to make this adorable drawing. I think it’s up there with my all time faves drawings by kids, and is even included in my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book on Amazon. The secret to having … Read More

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