Draw Amsterdam Buildings

Building drawings for kids tend to focus on traditional American shapes. I love the facades like these in Amsterdam. They have very different profiles and details (the tops especially are pretty much a study in symmetry), not to mention water canal surroundings. This tutorial includes many of these unusual Danish details, without getting too intricate. If you like this drawing … Read More

San Miguel Arcangel Mission Project

Make your San Miguel Arcangel mission project a special drawing, with the help of a step by step tutorial and some architectural drawing advice. Start by printing a dot grid on brown paper to help you draw straight lines, add a step-by-step tutorial, and finish with your best pencil crayons. All will support each other in making a precise drawing … Read More

Lego Self Portraits

Mix pop culture into your art class with a Lego self portrait project. Younger students can customize a template, and older ones can draw one from scratch. Make it a Lego week at your school and use the template below for kinder through 1st / 2nd grade project, and the tutorial for 1st / 2nd through 5th. Younger students concentrate … Read More

How to Draw a Velociraptor

A certain hot dinosaur movie may be creating some interest in how to draw a velociraptor. Follow this step by step tutorial to draw a pretty cool looking one. This guy is made from lots of curvy shapes, so I tried to keep this tutorial with as simple as possible, without losing any of his fierceness. After all, according to … Read More

Red Fox Drawing

Here’s a red fox drawing tutorial that shows off all his beautiful colors. Try blending his red coat into black paws for an extra cool look. To make your red fox drawing look even more realistic, try adding shadows on the side that is opposite the sun. Just color harder and with more pressure anywhere you think some shadows might … Read More

Spinosaurus Drawing

Be sure your Spinosaurus drawing has the spiky plates on his back. It’s one of the main features that makes him different from other large dinosaurs. This spinosaurus drawing is almost all curves, with the exception of his mouth and feet. For that reason, this tutorial has an extra set of guidelines to help students with their proportion. Curves are … Read More

Draw a Plesiosaurus

Learn how to make a Plesiosaur drawing with this unique tutorial. It lets you imagine what he looks like both in and out of the water. It’s a great way to see all of his body in his natural surroundings. Also, if you like this tutorial, there are many more like it in my “Draw Dinos and Dragons” ebook in … Read More

Hundertwasser Portraits

Make an abstract self portrait drawing in the style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a famous Austrian artist. He had an amazing life story, narrowly escaping the Nazi regime in World War II, and becoming an advocate for a life more in tune with nature. If you like this tutorial, you might also like the projects found in my “Self Portrait” ebook … Read More

Draw a Pterodactyl

Here’s how to draw a Pterodactyl that features his wing span, which could be up to 30 feet wide. That’s much larger than any flying birds alive today. This prehistoric creature is made with lots of odd shapes, so be sure to fold your paper three times first to get the creases shown in my dashed lines. It will really … Read More

Draw a Mastodon

Expand your dinosaur drawing skills by learning how to draw a mastodon. They look a lot like mammoths, just with shorter legs, longer body and more muscles. If you like this tutorial, I have many more like it in my “Draw Dinos and Dragons” ebook in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS Download Mastodon Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons* *The above … Read More

Draw a Diplodocus

Learn how to draw a diplodocus, and keep his head and tail on one piece of paper. Even if he once was the world’s longest animal. This tutorial takes a different point of view by having the diplodocus rather stacked with his head and tail wrapping around his body. The original drawing idea came from a site called “Hello Kids”, … Read More

Draw a Triceratops

How to draw a triceratops in eight simple steps. My tutorial will help you figure out to create his odd shaped body and then place his three horns. The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face. Make sure you get all those horns added. If you like this tutorial, there are … Read More

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

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 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

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

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

Easy Abstract Flower Art

Dissecting a drawing is one way to make some easy abstract art. And if you add shading, you get an even more sophisticated look. MATERIALS Drawing paper Ruler Pencil crayons (quality brands work best for shading)* *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra expense … Read More

Finish the Valentine Face

Valentines day activities could start with a print of heart glasses, and draw a face around it. The large size forces students to draw big. Before students start drawing, remind them that the face should be a bit smaller that the glasses. The oval should be drawn in two sections, the top and the bottom. If you draw one large … Read More

Lois Mailou Jones Mask

This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is one of my favorite black history month art projects. During Lois’ remarkable life, she painted, designed masks, textiles, stained glass, traveled the world and never stopped learning. For a terrific follow up this project, check out my Lois Mailou Jones Art Mural Project MATERIALS • Black card stock paper (This one is smooth and … Read More

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