How To Draw a Fish, Close Up

I created this easy fish painting tutorial to illustrate how dynamic art can be when it is up close and personal and fills your paper. The shapes are still simple and easy to draw, but the point of view is totally different. It’s also great subject matter for my favorite watercolor and metallic marker combination. Anyone who has admired real … Read More

Lightning Bug Painting

This second grader did a great job making this little lightening bug painting today. I love the way she outlined the entire body with a white crayon to show the glow. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper (for special occasions, I like Strathmore) • Black Sharpie, fine point • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Make a jar template and trace … Read More

How to Draw an Owl

Learn how to draw an owl, and then finish it of with some pretty paint and metallic markers. Their shimmery color will look extra pretty against the matte paint colors. PREP • Print Easy Owl PDF template MATERIALS • Liquid watercolor paint • Sharpie, black, fine point • Crayola Metallic Markers DIRECTIONS 1. Print a tutorial for each student. Students … Read More

Alphabet Art for Kinders

A tried and true kinder art project that consistently brings pretty results for fundraisers, was this alphabet tracing and painting. Given that my school’s big art fundraiser happens every fall, I try to work ahead and line up some of my most colorful projects to be prepared. I’ve been happily working with Original Works for about 15 years, and every … Read More

Draw a Big Head Cat

Symmetrical shapes work best for this simple cat drawing. This cute cat drawing is a great example, and thus a good beginner project. • Download Cat PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paints DIRECTIONS 1. Draw center lines on watercolor paper very lightly with a pencil. 2. Sketch the … Read More

Symmetrical Watercolor Kimonos

Students used sandwich wrap paper to draw symmetrical kimono shapes, and then finished with liquid watercolor paint. The transparent tissue allowed for drawing one side and then tracing the other so they matched. The paper was also strong enough to handle the liquid watercolor paint, and looked a bit like rice paper when dry. A bonus? The sandwich paper is … Read More

Vegetable Painting

Here’s a fun vegetable painting idea I found over at It’s great way to make a pretty painting and learn about root systems as well. If you can afford it, real watercolor paper will make all the paint texture look it’s best. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Crayons • Liquid Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. On watercolor paper, students draw … Read More

Mister Seahorse

Eric Carle’s wonderful book “Mister Seahorse” is perfect for kinders that are studying amazing animals, such as mine are this time of year. This project has been on my keeper list for years now, and I even have a previous tutorial I will add below. Pictured here is the plastic embroidery mesh panels that I often use to not only … Read More

Statue of Liberty Grades 2-3

I made this Statue of Liberty drawing easy enough for young elementary students to try out. The robe is simplified so students can just focus on the pose. • View and download Statue of Liberty Tutorial MATERIAL • Watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayons DIRECTIONS PREP. Print a tutorial for every student to see. Draw or print guidelines … Read More

How to Draw a Bald Eagle

The eagle drawing is easy enough for young elementary students. I used it with kinders who were studying American symbols. MATERIALS • Bald Eagle PDF Tutorial • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker • Tempera paint DIRECTIONS 1. Students fold the paper in half four times to get the grid lines shown. The eagle is drawn as shown in the tutorial. … Read More

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts

If you paint and cut out coffee filters, you just might get some really pretty Valentine cards. My students let them sit on plastic canvas mesh while painting and drying, so sometimes the grid bleed through, which was kinda cool too. Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! MATERIALS • White round coffee filters • Old steam iron • Liquid watercolor paint … Read More

Watercolor Jewels

My Art Trading Card students practiced their geometric shapes by drawing a series of jewels. Real watercolor paper will help them look their best. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Paper cutter (helpful for cutting the 2.5″ x 3.5″ size cards) Black Sharpie marker, fine tip Liquid watercolor Trading card sleeves   DIRECTIONS Prep: I diagrammed on the board how to draw each jewel … Read More

Chagall Surrealism Painting

Marc Chagall, one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, created many paintings that were a dreamlike, surreal tribute to his native village of Vitebsk. In order to have students connect with the idea of Surrealism, I’m going to have them create a painting that has some elements upside down, and some out of scale with each other. … Read More

Bleeding Tissue Paper Art

You can make tissue paper art projects for kids with small squares of turquoise and purple (make sure it’s bleeding tissue!). Apply water and they leave behind amazing swirly winter skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue … Read More

Draw Easy Nutcracker

Drawing nutcrackers is great practice for body proportion, not to mention symmetry. This one has some extra fun details added. This guy here should do the job, plus students can give him a fancy finish when complete, with a silver Sharpie marker. • View and download Fancy Nutcracker PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Sharpie permanent marker, black • Sharpie … Read More

Snowy City Night Painting

This winter painting for kids has some added depth in the sky because the swirl lines were traced with an extra layer of blue.  • View and download Snowy City Night PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of tutorial • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip • Tempera paint, white DIRECTIONS PREP: Draw or print guide lines … Read More

Fall Tempera Landscape Painting

A fall landscape painting for kids looks good with lots bright colors, but there’s still nothing like a dark outline to make shapes really pop. One quick and easy solution for kinders and up is to have them trace their finished art with a black oil pastel. It adds a very bold look to the art. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, … Read More

Stick Drawing Painting

  Say yes to stick figures and easy paintings for kids. Students can concentrate on their painting skills for this one. MATERIALS Multimedia or watercolor paper Sharpie marker, chisel tip Liquid watercolor paint (I like this Sargent brand) DIRECTIONS Students draw themselves in stick figure form. The drawing is traced with a chisel tip black Sharpie marker for a bold … Read More

Miro on Coffee Filters

  If you’ve ever painted on a flat coffee filter, you’ll know how fun it is to watch the color seep and spread and grow. That’s what got me started with trying to find a fun new way for pre-K students practice drawing shapes. The fact that the end result looks a lot like Miro’s artwork is just a bonus. … Read More

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