Surrealism and Magritte
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René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist who became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. He wanted to challenge viewers to think about what they were looking at … Read More

Legos and Self Portraits
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I have used this as a first project of the year quite often the template helps all skill levels get off to a good start, and still has lots of room for … Read More

Paul Klee Castle
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Paul Klee was one of the great colorists in the history of painting. I developed this project that imitates his abstract “Castle and Sun” painting by having students trace cardboard shapes and fill them … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks. MATERIALS • Journal page or drawing paper • Pencil crayon or crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. Students … Read More

Draw an Adobe Landscape
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Diversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class … Read More

Lois Mailou Jones Drawing
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This Lois Mailou Jones-inspired drawing is in honor of Black History month. During Lois’ remarkable life, she painted, designed masks, textiles and stained glass windows, traveled the world and never stopped learning. Her … Read More

Radial Hearts Drawing
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Students can practice radial symmetry with this Radial Hearts drawing. It takes time to fill in the entire paper, but the results can be really amazing. And once someone gets good at … Read More

Draw Your Neighborhood
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Learn how to draw your neighborhood by focusing on three main areas. This stacked arrangement is my solution for encouraging students to draw LARGE and fill their papers. I am fortunate in … Read More

Draw a Frame
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Here’s a super easy way to draw a frame on your artwork with this fun, precut paper. Add a few swirly black lines and you have a wood grain look that adds … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face
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Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice … Read More

Travel Journal Page
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I used two laws of perspective to help give this travel journal page drawing some depth. With distance, similar shapes appear to get smaller, and colors in general get lighter. MATERIALS • … Read More

Dissected Flower Drawing
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This is a little twist on the dissecting and coloring technique. If at the end you shade the corners of each shape you make, you get a softer and more sophisticated abstraction. … Read More

Cat in the Hat Template
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Here is a blank hat template to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday. I once used it as an art history lesson by reviewing a couple of famous artists (Matisse, Picasso, Van … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing
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Maple leaves are easy to draw if you break them down into simple steps as shown. MATERIALS Drawing paper or old brown grocery bag Black marker Color sticks or crayons DIRECTIONS Draw … Read More

Mission Drawings on Brown Paper
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I’d like to share these samples of student mission drawings from a fourth grade class today. I believe that the drawing guides from my California Mission Drawing Guide and the brown graph … 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

Finish the Valentine Face
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Start with a print of heart glasses, and draw a face around it. Could be boy or girl or cat or dog? The large size forces students to draw big.   MATERIALS … Read More

Sara’s Cartoon Faces
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I had so much fun watching all these faces come to life in my Cartoon Class this afternoon. I saw many students, from kinder through 5th grade, make drawings full of character … Read More

Glowing Cat Eyes
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These glowing cat eyes are made from blending a few layers of pencil crayons. White on the bottom, then yellow, and for those interested in more detail, a bit of brown. Please … Read More

Draw a Dreaming Story
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Give your tessellation project a language arts twist by adding a story to your work. If you keep the tessellation to a simple shape that creates a quilt, then you have a … Read More

Draw an Ornithomimus
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It turns out that a young Ornithomimus only had “dino fuzz”, while the adults grew actual feathers. How cool is that? • Ornithomimus Tutorial Download MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS … Read More

Draw a Mastodon
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Mastodons are an extinct group of mammal species, closely related to elephants. They look a lot like mammoths, they just have shorter legs, a longer body and more muscles. MATERIALS View and … Read More

Dinosaur Head
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Here’s a chance to draw dinosaur facial features: bumpy eyes, sharp teeth, etc. MATERIALS View and download Dino Head Tutorial  Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Draw the dinosaur according … Read More

Draw a Saurolophus
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The Saurolophus was a large, plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur. The next time your child or student asks how to draw one of these, you’ll know where to come! MATERIALS Download Draw a Saurolophus … Read More

Draw a Plesiosaurus
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I read that a Plesiosaurus is often mistakenly referred to as a dinosaur, when in fact it is a prehistoric marine reptile, which lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Now … Read More

Draw A Purple Dragon Head
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Dragon heads can get rather complicated, what with all the horns and spikes and things. I made this drawing in an effort to simplify it as much as possible. MATERIALS View and … Read More

Draw an Ankylosaurus
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The Ankylosaurus was a big dinosaur that featured huge plates of body armor to protect itself from attackers. • View and download Ankylosaurus Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: … Read More

Draw a Megalodon Shark
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The word Megalodon means “Big Tooth”. How big you might ask? How about 7″ long!  These were the largest and most dangerous killer sharks to ever live on earth. MATERIALS Draw a … Read More

Draw a Velociraptor
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Next to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor is the world’s most famous meat-eating dinosaur. To me he just looks like a skinnier version of him. • View and download Velociraptor Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper … Read More

Hundertwasser Style Portrait
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Here’s project that asks students to see themselves in a very abstract way, and creates a colorful display most teachers appreciate for their classrooms. Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had an amazing life, … Read More

Draw a Red Dragon
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This might be one of the easier ways to draw a dragon – a simple profile, no twisting and turning. He can, of course, be colored any color. I’m just running out … Read More

Draw a Spiked Dragon
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My students have often asked me how to draw a dragon, so I put together this tutorial. I think it’s only fair to add a disclaimer that irregular curvy lines are trickier … Read More

Draw a Pterodactyl
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Pterodactyls are the world’s most familiar pterosaurs, or flying reptiles. The largest species attained wingspans of up to 30 feet, much larger than any flying birds alive today. MATERIALS • Download Pterodactyl … Read More

Draw a Triceratops
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The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face. Make sure your dinosaur has all three horns. MATERIALS View and download Triceratops Tutorial Drawing … Read More

Draw a Spinosaurus
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Did you know that the Spinosaurus was larger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex and may have been the largest carnivorous (meat eating) dinosaur ever? MATERIALS View and download Spinosaurus Tutorial Drawing paper Black … Read More

Draw a Diplodocus
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Here’s one way to draw a Diplodocus, or Long Neck, if you are a “Land Before Time” fan. It’s the best way I know to fill the paper with one of the … Read More

Draw a Stegosaurus
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Stegosaurus were all herbivores (plant eaters) and featured rows of unique bones that developed into plates and spines along their back and tail. MATERIALS Download Stegosaurus PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker … Read More

How to Draw a Grizzly Bear
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I was inspired to create this bear drawing from a diagram at Appalachian Bear Rescue. I altered their instructions a bit to make the bear symmetrical, which is easier for those just … Read More

How To Draw A Turkey
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Here’s my popular “Draw A Turkey” tutorial in a format that is more computer friendly. If you prefer something you can print and pass out to students, try my PDF tutorial linked … Read More

Abstract Flower Drawing
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This is a little twist on a dissecting technique. If you shade the corners of each shape you make, you get a softer and more sophisticated abstraction.  MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Ruler … Read More

Op Art Swirl
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Op Art is a math-themed form of abstract art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create optical effects. MATERIALS Drawing paper Pencil crayons DIRECTIONS The students make a dot … Read More

Draw City Buildings
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This city building drawing is basically turning squares into cubes to make a city skyline. MATERIALS • Drawing paper, larger as in 12″ x 18″ is best • Black Sharpie marker • Pencil crayons … Read More

Printing with Bubble Printing
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I tried printing with bubble wrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little … Read More

Valentine Card with 3D Letters
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This Valentine Card with 3D Letters project provides good dimensional drawing practice, and ties in with an artist too. You can decide whether stencils are best or not. If short on time … Read More

Art Projects for Kids