How to Draw a Witch Hat

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, like just learning how to draw a witch hat, instead of an entire witch. Especially if you are just 6 years old or so. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I use Strathmore paper for special classes) Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Draw a large upside down V for the hat, with a … Read More

Folk Art for Kids

Folk Art for kids makes perfect sense as the very definition is about untrained artists. The more ‘child like’ your art is, the more folksy it is. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Liquid watercolor paint 1. Draw a cat with very simple shapes. Start with the circle head, oval body, “hot dog” legs and tail, and add ears and face. Trace … Read More

Fall Leaf Art Project

This crayon and watercolor resist is a simple fall leaf art project, but also a good lesson in adding texture. Try using warm colors inside the leaf, and cool on the outside so you have a lot of contrast. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Crayons Embroider Plastic Mesh mat for texture rubbing Liquid watercolor paint Large leaf templates (optional, but helpful for … Read More

Draw a Scarecrow Face

Here’s a fun way to draw a scarecrow. Add some crayon lines and watercolor and you have a very cute fall painting. I highly recommend printing or drawing the light center guide lines though, before you start. They really help young ones place their lines. And don’t skip the crayon details as they add some nice bumpy texture. • View … Read More

Batik Maple Leaf

This leaf art project will teach kids how to draw a maple leaf, and then turn it into a kind of crayon batik. The key is to use cheap copy paper. Strange as it sounds, good drawing paper doesn’t work nearly as well.   MATERIALS • Copy paper • Black permanent marker, chisel tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paper … Read More

Watercolor Cactus Painting

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 Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Draw the pot and cactus with a pencil on watercolor paper. Trace all the lines with a black marker. Add lots of prickly … Read More

Dandelion Painting

Paint a dandelion tutorial with bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking the flower. Super fun combo of media. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Bleeding tissue paper* • Paint brush and water • Ultra fine tip black Sharpie markers* *The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at … Read More

Summer Swimming

Looking for summer drawings easy enough for kids to do? Try an underwater watercolor resist. The key is to include waving limbs and floating hair. MATERIALS Art Journal or watercolor paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS I gave some of my young students a 2″ circle to trace for the head, to give them a head start. … Read More

Mona Lisa on Coffee Filters

Start this Mona Lisa art project for kids with liquid watercolor paints and permanent markers, and then paint on coffee filters. It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Large, industrial coffee filters will give you a colorful look for a fraction of the price. Mona Lisa PDF template, for tracing Mona Lisa PDF template, for … Read More

Paint a Cow Face

This cow head drawing is pretty simple and symmetrical, making him or her a good candidate for fun watercolor painting. For some extra color, try outlining the cow with a brightly colored crayon before painting. MATERIALS Draw Cow Face PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Fold paper in half both ways … Read More

Circle Painting

This circle painting preschool project has a little structure, but still keeps an open end so that there is plenty of room to experiment. The circles also add an opportunity to share vocabulary words of “large, medium and small”. MATERIALS Watercolor or multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ or larger Round things to trace: CDs, yogurt cups, drinking cups Liquid Watercolor … Read More

Ice Cream Cone Painting

A fun ice cream art for kids project is going for the “world’s tallest cone”. Working with narrow paper will not only encourage some creative thinking, it’s more economical too. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper, 18″ x 24″  cut into 18″ x 6″ panels • Crayons • Watercolor paint, I love the Sargent Liquid paints DIRECTIONS 1. Students discuss all the … Read More

Draw the Statue of Liberty’s Face

I created this How to Draw the Statue of Liberty tutorial for kinders, who often study symbols of the United States. Concentrating on just drawing her face and crown are pretty manageable if you break them down into simple steps. • View and download Lady Liberty’s Portrait PDF Tutorial MATERIAL • Watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, chisel tip • Crayons … Read More

Paint a Watercolor Castle

Here’s my tutorial on how to draw a castle. Students can finish it off with a fairy tale theme, or go medieval with moats, drawbridges and more. MATERIALS How to Draw a Castle PDF tutorial Watercolor paint Black Sharpie marker Liquid Watercolor Paint   DIRECTIONS PREP: Download and print a Castle tutorial for each student. Students draw the castle according to the … Read More

Overlapping Art, with Architecture

One of the steps to go from drawing flat landscapes to ones with depth is to create overlapping art. This project plays with the idea, and need not follow any perspective rules. Young artists can just have fun making lots of 3D looking buildings that completely fill their page. MATERIALS • Overlapping Buildings PDF Tutorial • Drawing or multi-media paper … Read More

Recycled Art Journal for Kids

If you make art with students very often, sooner or later you’ll get this urge to have them collect it and keep it all in one place. I struggled with this for years, until I discovered a two-hole punch. It led to this art journal for kids book ring system that worked so well, even other teachers started to copy … Read More

Draw a Tulip

My “How to Draw a Tulip” tutorial shows just how well crayons and watercolor go together. It’s also a great example of a wet-on-wet watercolor technique that can create lovely multi-colored flowers. MATERIALS Download a Tulip Tutorial Watercolor paper (Strathmore is my favorite)* Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint* *The above product link is a referral. If you click … Read More

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Art Projects for Kids