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

How to Paint a Snowman

You can learn how to paint a snowman that is not small and boring. Make him (or her) much more interesting with close cropping and a few other special touches. To get those white windy lines, students need to draw them with a white crayon before painting over with watercolor paint. • View and download Snowman Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor … Read More

Blowing Leaves Fall Tree

Perspective is learning that the further away objects are, the smaller they appear. Painting trees with blowing leaves a good subject matter for this topic. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Students start by painting an off-center tree, with trunks and branches. A thick trunk with thinner branches work best. 2. Colored leaves in varying sizes are … Read More

Tumbling Crayons

When looking for painting ideas for kids, try everyday objects they are familiar with. Parallel lines were important for this drawing so I gave students 6″ x 1.5″ cardboard templates, the size of the wrapper, to help them get started. Beginners traced and drew “flat crayons”, the mid levels tried layering a few of them, and advanced used curves on … Read More

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Trees

My goal for my watercolor students was to have them learn how to bleed colors together when they want, and keep them separate when they do not. This series of modern trees were easy to draw, and left lots of room for experimenting. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS I was inspired by Eloise Renouf’s Etsy store, and … Read More

Monochrome Watercolor Still Life

In this simple still life drawing, students are challenged to make as many values as they can with just one color and a little water. MATERIALS • Watercolor or Mixed media paper • Crayon • Watercolor paint tray • Brush • Bowl of water DIRECTIONS 1. On a chalk board, draw three simple still life shapes: the coffee cup, the wine … Read More

Ancient Maps

I’ve found another use for my supply of dry wax paper. The paper is perfect for tracing, painting and crumbling, and in making map art projects for kids. MATERIALS Dry Wax Paper, found at Smart & Final and Amazon Laser print of a map  Sharpie markers, ultra fine tip Watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS A class was studying ancient Greece, so … Read More

Winter Birch Trees

This birch tree art project for kids uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make the textured midnight sky. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Masking tape • Scissors • Watercolor paint, blue • Table salt • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS 1. Tape a border around the edge of a square of watercolor paper with … Read More

How to Draw a Skull, Super Easy

Learning how to draw a skull, be it for Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations, is not that hard if you break it down into steps. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Draw guide lines on paper. Draw skull as shown. Trace the drawing with the black marker. Add decorations and patterns with crayons. … Read More

Crazy Watercolor ATCs

 Lemon juice dropped on a watercolor art trading cards will make some pretty cool shapes if left to sit for a few minutes. Give it a few minutes to soak, dab away with a tissue, and some crazy shapes are left as a result. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper, cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC size • Dr. Ph. Martin’s paint … Read More

Textured Chicken Painting

This simple chicken painting is a great project for beginners, say like kindergarten or so. Simple shapes to draw, yet easy to personalize with a crown or extra fancy feathers. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Circle template, a small cup or similar • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint • Salt DIRECTIONS 1. Students trace a small cup for a round … Read More

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