How to Draw a Tree

Here’s how to draw a tree in nine easy steps. Once you see the pattern involved, your trees will look much more life like. Make sure the branches are skinnier than the trunk, with pointy ends, and you’ll be off to a great start. For some reasons, the students I had tended to draw trees that looked more like planks … Read More

How to Draw eBook

Looking for a few How to Draw tutorials for your young artists? How about 200 of them? All in one ebook? Years of making tutorials for my after school classes has helped me discover what works best for those just beginning to draw. This giant ebook contains 200 projects that start with simple shapes students can most easily see, so … Read More

Sharpie Trees with Snow Shadows

Winter art projects for elementary students work best, I believe, when the subject and supplies are kept simple, simple, simple. The shadows cast by the moon are easy to see on the winter snow and offer a beginning lesson in perspective. For more drawing tutorials, see my “How to Draw” ebook in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS • View and download Winter … Read More

Pumpkin Drawing: 3rd Grade and Up

To follow my pumpkin lesson for very young elementary students, here’s how to draw a pumpkin with older ones. I’ve added overlapping and shadows. Pumpkins just have it all when it comes to art projects. The built in ridges help show off their dimension so they don’t look like flat circles, and the bright orange color is so festive to … Read More

Landscape Sketch for Beginners

If you learn to add layers when sketching landscapes, your art with have much more depth to it. Follow this formula to make a simple winter drawing that creates all three layers in a very simple format. MATERIALS • Layered Landscape PDF Tutorial (link below) • Multimedia Paper • Pencil • Oil Pastels, I prefer the Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. … Read More

Draw a Lighthouse

Here’s how to draw a lighthouse on an island. Plenty of room to add some fun ships in the surrounding water. MATERIALS View and download Lighthouse PDF tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, fine tip Crayola crayons DIRECTIONS PREP: Print PDF tutorial for each student. Lightly draw a center guidelines on the drawing paper with a pencil or fold to … Read More

Draw a Tree with Your Hand

I saw this idea for drawing a tree on Artsonia.com, and love showing kids how lines can give dimension to their art. MATERIALS Download Draw a Hand Tree Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS The students first trace their hand on a piece of paper. When finished, they should make the tops of their fingers very pointy. Vertical lines … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Shell

Just in time for summer fun, a new tutorial for how to draw sea shells. Color them realistically, or with your favorite colors. • View and download Sea Shell PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayola Crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Draw center guidelines on drawing paper lightly with a pencil. 2. Follow Sea Shell PDF … Read More

How to Draw Perspective Landscape

Here’s a simple landscape tutorial that illustrates how to draw perspective with a vanishing point. The drawings help show how much space can be implied in your art, just by paying attention to lines and scale. And by keeping elements like the trees all the same type, it’s easy to see how they get smaller and smaller, the further away … Read More

Edward Hopper Tutorial

Teach simple watercolor techniques with this Edward Hopper for kids art project. Subtle colors make for amazing shadows. I’ve made a simple drawing and painting tutorial that resembles his Lighthouse Hill painting. • View and download Edward Hopper PDF Tutorial MATERIALS Watercolor paper Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper. Students follow the … Read More

Draw a Farm

 I created this how to draw a farm tutorial after getting inspired over at the Becker Middle School blog. The simple curvy shapes are so much fun to work with. • View and download Draw a Farm Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to … Read More

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