Rodrigue Blue Dog

  George Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s. I love that he painted his beloved dog in so many colors, which encourages students to be creative with their coloring as well. • View and download Blue Dog PDF Tutorial MATERIALS Multimedia or watercolor paper Black marker Liquid … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait

A variation on one of my abstract self portrait ideas. Use large features to divide your face into separate areas that can be filled with a variety of bright colors. I think it would make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. It allows for some personalization, but bypasses some of the the fussy eye … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial

Many children have a natural tendency to draw small. I like to direct them in this easy abstract art project to have their art touch all the sides of the paper to counter act this. I’ve used this drawing with tempera paint, but thought I’d also post a watercolor version that includes colorful crayon lines and patterns. • View and … Read More

Camouflage Hands

My students loved getting their hands literally into their art with this camouflage art project. A quick photo recorded their temporary creation. MATERIALS • Large heavy paper for painting • Corrugated cardboard sized several inches larger than painting paper • Masking tape • Tempera paint in animal colors • Digital camera for recording art   DIRECTIONS PREP: Tape a sheet … Read More

Snail Paintings

  Kinders used markers and tempera to paint a simple snail drawing in their art class. Perfect for their spring study of snails. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Old CD for tracing Tempera paint Black Sharpie marker   DIRECTIONS Students trace an old CD in the middle of a 9″ x 12″ sheet of art paper. They drew a spiral in the … Read More

Rainbow Zebra

  Here’s one idea I use when looking for new art project ideas – searching stock art sites. This comes from, after searching for “cute animal illustrations”. This rainbow zebra was lots of fun for my after school painting class, because of course everyone had a different idea of what a rainbow zebra would look like. MATERIALS Multimedia paper … Read More

Gingerbread House Painting

I saved this Gingerbread House watercolor painting project for my 2nd and 3rd graders so they could practice making a house with “form” and not just “shape”. A one-sided house has shape, but drawing two sides is the beginning of adding dimension, and later, perspective. MATERIALS • Multi-media or watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip • Crayons • Liquid … Read More

Gingerbread Boy

If you want to spur a little more creative thinking with a gingerbread boy project, try asking students to add some clothing. Older students may also add a 3D edge to one side for some extra dimension. And you can never have too much frosting, so lots of heavy tracing with a white crayon before watercolor painting adds extra pizazz. … Read More

Watercolor Resist Snake

Finding watercolor painting for kids that fill the whole paper is just one of my ongoing art searches. This adds the element of overlapping. This project will work fine with all kinds of materials, but if you really want the colors to pop, try using real watercolor paper, good paints, and India ink for the black background. MATERIALS • Watercolor … Read More

How to Draw a Cow

Here is a cow drawing easy enough for even kinders. Just start with some simple shapes and add details. This cow drawing was done with crayon and watercolor, but white tempera paint on blue paper would look great too. MATERIALS Download How to Draw a Cow PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper Crayons Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Draw cow according to tutorial. Trace … Read More

Draw a Bushel of Apples

Here’s an easy apple drawing for kids because the basket is symmetrical, and the apples are easy to layer. If you can, try adding brown and yellow crayon lines to the basket before painting with watercolor for a bit of extra texture. MATERIALS Download Bushel of Apples Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for … Read More

Paint a Fall Landscape

  A simple landscape painting can include various sizes, bllowing in the wind. It’s an easy way to add a little perspective. MATERIALS View and download Fall Landscape Tutorial Multimedia paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the … Read More

Simple Boat Painting

If you narrow sailboats into basic shapes, and then fill them with patterns, you can end up with a very pretty simple sailboat drawing. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Some pencil planning is necessary to begin this painting, so students should first draw two boats and horizon grass lines in pencil as shown. Once those large shapes … Read More

Easy Flower Painting

Any student can draw a flower, but are they aware of the many different shapes and sizes that exist? MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. I started by drawing a large collection of flowers on my board. Students first drew the grass line in pencil and added at least three large flowers spaced … Read More

Island Home

A teacher wanted a simple house drawing that was linked to the Bahamas, and this colorful paint and oil pastel house worked well. MATERIALS Large drawing paper Tempera paint Oil pastels DIRECTIONS SESSION ONE The students begin by drawing the angled roof shape in the middle of their paper. The house side is drawn below. The left side of the house … Read More

Hexagons to Cubes

A hexagon paper punch makes the perfect stencil for students to draw their own cubes. Shadow painting techniques may also be applied to make things 3D. MATERIALS • Cardstock paper for making a stencil • Hexagon punch, 2″ size • Watercolor paper • Paper cutter • Liquid watercolor paint • Black Sharpie marker • Plastic trading card sleeve     … Read More

Snowflake Art Project

Snowflake art projects are made on one sheet of watercolor paper, then cut into panels, painted, and taped back together to keep the edges nice and clean. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Ruler • White crayon • Scissors • Liquid watercolor paint • Masking tape   DIRECTIONS 1. Use a ruler to divide a sheet of watercolor paper into 4 … Read More

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