Winter Landscape

If you draw a landscape with layers, your art with naturally have 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 • Multimedia Paper • Pencil • Oil Pastels, I prefer the Portfolio brand DIRECTIONS 1. Each student draws three lines that tilt a little to each side on a horizontal sheet of paper. … Read More

Draw a Tree with Your Hand

I saw this idea for drawing a tree on, and love showing kids how lines can give dimension to their art. MATERIALS Draw a Hand Tree Tutorial (download here) 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 are drawn as shown. The more irregular they are, the better. When complete, … Read More

Beach Drawing

A little first grader made this beach drawing years ago. I love everything about it. I thought it was time for a tutorial as it makes for a fun drawing this time of year. The download is available after you subscribe to my email list (to get MORE freebies). P.S. Not to worry if you have already subscribed, the system will not duplicate your address. Enjoy! MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie marker … Read More

Sharpie Trees Winter Landscape

Here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that works well for a wide range of students. The black permanent marker allows for liberal painting over the trees, and the white marker creates easy dots of snow to finish things off. • View and download Winter Landscape Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Liquid watercolor paint, blue and black • White Sharpie paint marker, water-based DIRECTIONS 1. Draw the landscape according … Read More

Draw a Fall Tree

To learn how to draw a fall tree, try thinking of it as a series of branches, and not just a fluffy shape that sits on a stick. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil Pastels, I like the Portfolio brand for blending DIRECTIONS 1. Students draw a large “Y” on their paper. 2. They add smaller “Y”  on each side, alternating as they go up each branch. To make the “Y”  the most realistic, they should … Read More

How to Draw a Sea Shell

Just in time for summer fun, a brand new tutorial for drawing sea shells. • 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 tutorial for drawing the shells. 3. Trace the drawing with the black marker. 4. Color the shells with crayons.   Save Save … 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 they get from you. PREP • View and download Landscape PDF tutorial MATERIALS • … Read More

How to Draw a Tree

I made this tutorial in hopes that students could break some of the habits I see often regarding trees. All they need to do is make the branches skinnier than the trunk, with pointy ends, and things are already greatly improved. MATERIALS Download PDF Tree Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial … Read More

Edward Hopper Tutorial

Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was a prominent American realist painter. He was a skilled watercolorist who is now famous for his spare urban and rural scenes. 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 tutorial to draw and … Read More

Draw a Farm

I loved the farm drawings I found over at the Becker Middle School blog, so I turned one of them into a how to draw for my kids. The map like quality really captured their imagination and helped them make some very creative landscapes. • 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 … Read More

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