Edward Hopper Tutorial
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Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was a prominent American realist painter. He was a skilled watercolorist who is now famous for his spare urban and rural scenes. I’ve made a simple drawing … Read More

Favorite Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not do without are Sharpie markers, because they make such vivid colors on … Read More

How to Draw a Giraffe
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Follow my tutorial to learn how to draw a giraffe, and then finish it off with watercolors and oil pastels. As long as they are not water-soluble, the yellow and brown combination … Read More

How to Draw a Dandelion
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Practice your fine marker skills with this how to draw a dandelion project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a very pretty and delicate looking flower. Happy summer drawing everyone! PREP • … Read More

How to Draw the Statue of Liberty
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I created this How to Draw the Statue of Liberty tutorial for kinders, who study US symbols in the spring of each year. Lady Liberty’s body and clothes would be pretty complex … Read More

NEW Patterned Hands Project
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If students enjoyed my Warm Hands project, then they probably will like this one too. My pdf file includes the lined background paper for both the horizontal and vertical versions, and lots … Read More

Draw a Baby Chick
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Here’s a Baby Chick drawing tutorial that I tried earlier this year, and found to work really well with my younger students, as in kinder through 2nd grade. • View and download … 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

Draw a Viking Ship
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Studying Viking life, by chance? I made a step-by-step tutorial for drawing a ship, with their trademark curves and striped sail. MATERIALS Download PDF Viking Ship Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons … Read More

Draw a Midieval Castle
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There are many ways to draw a castle. Here’s one with a fairy tale quality to it. MATERIALS View and download Midieval Castle Tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS … Read More

Draw a Japanese House
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For the students who find they really like to draw houses, here’s a Japanese version. The curvy roof lines make it a lot of fun. • View and download Asian House Tutorial … Read More

Draw Captain America
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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 grade or so on … Read More

Dutch Windmills
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This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border makes for an instant frame. My sample is drawn in pencil, traced … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns
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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The … Read More

More Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache over the terra cotta flower pot from Michaels, and then around balls … Read More

How to Draw Elsa
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Sometimes you just have to add a little pop culture to your lessons. At least that’s what a few of my students have been asking for. Here’s my take on how to … Read More

Draw a Turtle
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The big eyes on this turtle help make him (or her!) pretty cute. I believe this tutorial is best for maybe 2nd grade on up, but then again there are always some … Read More

Draw a Standing Bear
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This bear has a fictional look to it, great for turning into a story character. MATERIALS Download Standing Bear PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for … Read More

Positive and Negative Circles
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I’ve experimented a lot with Scratch Art papers, but haven’t found a project I really like until now. This uses Clear Film Sheets, scratched with a stick for the negative lines, and … Read More

Easy Bumblebee Collage
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Here’s is a kinder / first grade version of my Bumblebee Collage project. I think it’s a good way to introduce children to collage as the colors are fun and bright and … Read More

Draw an Elephant
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How to draw an Elephant. There are lots of round, overlapping shapes here so I would recommend this for 2nd grade on up. MATERIALS View and download Elephant Drawing Tutorial Drawing paper … Read More

Painting a Cloudy Sky
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Last week, fourth graders learned how to make watercolor clouds after they painted a bald eagle. 1. The drawing was made as shown on my Bald Eagle Tutorial. I used 6″ x … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and being the big doodle fan that I am, I thought having a coloring page with lots of fun shapes to fill in might … Read More

Amazing Seahorses
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Kinders in my district learn about “amazing animals” around this time of year.That’s the perfect time for a seahorse watercolor resist project. A reading of the “Mister Seahorse” book by Eric Carle … Read More

How to Draw a Rocket
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This rocket may be a little on the old-timey side, but a good place to start if you are interested in outer space drawing. Besides, every rocket needs a window so you … Read More

Ceramic Cupcakes for Kinders
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My kinders have started their ceramic cupcakes this week. I was reminded again how perfect this project is for them, and how easy these are to make thanks to new silicone rubber … Read More

Schulten Inspired Painting
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Ton Schulton is a Dutch landscape artist, known for his amazing color work. I wish I knew who first thought of this great approach for having students paint in his style. It’s … Read More

Watercolor Terrarium
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Here’s how to make a watercolor terrarium painting, which is a pretty AND educational lesson for studying plant life. I’ve used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in … Read More

Sharpie Foil Magnets
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If you are like me and never threw away the rejected magnets from school art fundraisers, here’s one idea for giving them a second life. Materials: • Old magnets • Aluminum foil, … Read More

Draw a Koala Bear
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The only thing cuter than a koala is a koala and a baby. This drawing may look pretty detailed, but it’s really just one shape drawn in two sizes.   MATERIALS Draw … Read More

Bugs on Canvas
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These are what I call doodle bugs. I last tried them as a watercolor project. They work well with markers too, especially if they are brush Sharpies on a mini canvas. MATERIALS … Read More

Snail Paintings
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Kinders at my school are learning about snails, so they learned how to paint one in art class. 1. Students trace an old CD in the middle of a 9″ x 12″ … Read More

Fox Painting on Newspaper
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Sometimes I find great art ideas that just aren’t easy to replicate for 25 or more students. That’s when Photoshop saves the day. This fox painting looks like students recycled newspaper for … Read More

Sharpie Marker Alphabet
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Here’s my 2nd grader’s group project for our school’s silent auction. Each student was assigned a letter and made it as fancy and colorful as could be. I decoupaged it to a … Read More

Sharpies and Fabric
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Here’s a really cool looking project that takes just a few ordinary supplies: cotton knit fabric, permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. The ideal match is with tshirts, but if that is difficult … Read More

Rainbow Zebra
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  Here’s one idea I use when looking for new art project ideas – searching stock art sites. This comes from gettyimages.com, after searching for “cute animal illustrations”. This rainbow zebra was … Read More

Watercolor Cactus Painting
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I’m always looking for a new way to introduce students to the “white crayon trick”. This cactus worked really well for all ages. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I used Strathmore) Black Sharpie marker … Read More

Draw a Seagull
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  Here’s a pretty simple way to draw a seagull. You can add a fish to his beak for a little more fun. • View and download Seagull Tutorial MATERIALS • Color … Read More

Tape and Sharpie Skyline
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Black masking tape is used to first create super straight sides to city buildings. The fronts and windows are drawn in afterwards. Materials: • Finger paint paper • Black art tape, 3/4″ … Read More

Paint a Shark
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I found this great idea for a shark head over at Dream Big Kinders, and I knew that my first graders would love it. Instead of a collage though, I turned it … Read More

Miro Journal Page
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Joan Miro was a Spanish artist who was famous for using some very child-like doodles in his artwork. My students had fun mixing and matching them to come up with their own … Read More

Silver Robot
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This is a fun combination to try – silver tempera and black watercolor paint. The matte look of the black makes the silver really stand out. 1. Multimedia paper is recommended. My … Read More

Jamie’s Giacometti Drawing
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Here’s one of my favorite Giacometti Project drawings by a young 3rd grader named Jamie. While most other students opted for one or two color backgrounds, she colored hers in a crazy-quilt … Read More

Draw a Farm
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I loved the farm drawings I found over at the Becker Middle School blog, so I turned one of them into a how to draw for my kids. The map like quality … Read More

ATC House Collage
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I made my collage the art trading card size, 2.5″ x 3.5″, but it would look great at any size. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Old phone book Watercolor paint Scissors Glue stick Black … Read More

Art Tip: Big, Bold Markers
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If you love the charm of children’s drawings, here’s an idea to try sometime. When outlining their work, have students use a thick, chisel tip marker instead of just a regular one. … Read More

Mission Drawings on Brown Paper
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I’d like to share this sample of student work from a fourth grade class today. I think the drawing guides from my California Mission Book and the brown graph paper are a … Read More

Draw Amsterdam Buildings
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My students have drawn lots of traditional American style homes, so now I’d like them to try something different. Specifically, Amsterdam style buildings. They have very different profiles and details, not to … Read More

Draw the US Capitol
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The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. I’ve … Read More

Doodle Roses
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Here’s a really fun way to doodle roses, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I found the original idea posted HERE on Flickr. It’s a genius way to draw some super simple … Read More

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