3D Miro Painting

Here’s a fun Joan Miro art lesson that calls for a few supplies. It’s a great time to imitate Miro’s simple shapes, just like those found in his surrealist paintings. There are even some Common Core applications for this Joan Miro lesson. Cutting the needed yarn will … “Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions using a visual fraction model.” MATERIALS … Read More

Edward Hopper Landscape Tutorial

Teach simple watercolor techniques with this Edward Hopper for kids art project. Students will enjoy making this lovely landscape in his style. This simple tutorial resembles Edward Hopper’s Lighthouse Hill painting. The simple home and lighthouse are easy to draw, which also makes for easy painting. If you have students that are ready to add shadows to their work, this … Read More

How to Draw a Windmill

Learn how to draw a windmill … on a paper plate.  It’s in the style of Danish art, costs pennies, and makes for a great display. This clever idea to paint a windmill on a paper plate comes from Dream, Draw, Create. It’s another great alternative when you don’t have good watercolor paper to work with. I found these uncoated … Read More

Indian Elephant Drawing

I love how this elephant drawing for kids tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing part of an elephant. This is probably one of my all time most popular projects I have ever shared. I think it’s because drawing half the body is so much more manageable for most students. It’s also a natural for crayon resist … Read More

Draw a Squishy Caterpillar

Here’s how to draw a caterpillar with a guaranteed squishy look. Start with the spine, add lines for sections, and have fun connecting them. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. Just be sure to draw lightly … Read More

Draw a Race Car

Learn how to draw a race car in eight easy steps. Its triangular shape and large wheels makes it different than your average car. • View and download Race Car 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 … Read More

Draw Outer Space

Learn how to draw outer space with a project that has close shapes looking large, and faraway looking small. What better place to do that than in our own galaxy? It’s also the perfect time for a little watercolor resist as lots of white crayon stars and dots will really add the to outer space feel. Tip: For really dark … Read More

Happy Mother’s Day Drawing

Here’s a Happy Mother’s Day drawing idea that could easily be adjusted for more siblings. Just add more babies on the branch. MATERIALS Mommy and Baby Bird Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Crayons* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be … Read More

Mother’s Day Projects to Paint

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day projects to paint, there’s none sweeter than a mother and baby giraffe. Except maybe a mother and baby with hearts flowing in between them. MATERIALS Mother Giraffe Tutorial Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) Sharpie marker, fine point* Liquid watercolor paint* Brown crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you … Read More

Bumblebee Watercolor Painting

This simple bee drawing was inspired by a stock art image. The black permanent marker guarantees crisp lines, the white crayon adds a little extra sparkle. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper* (the good stuff if you want bright colors) • Sharpie marker, fine point* • Liquid watercolor paint* • White crayon* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through … Read More

How to Draw a Giraffe

My giraffe face drawing tutorial works great with watercolor and oil pastels. It keeps the blue paint from running into the pretty yellow faces, which is more likely to happen if you use watercolor for both. I love this point of view of the giraffe face. It really breaks down the distinguishing features in to easy steps, so you have a pretty … 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 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

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

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

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

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