Draw a Cartoon Woman

The simplification that comes with cartoon characters is perfect for children of all ages. No worries about proportion totally helps too. MATERIALS • Draw a Cartoon Woman PDF Tutorial • Color printer • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons or markers   DIRECTIONS PREP: Download and print a tutorial for each student. Print paper with guidelines, or have students fold paper to make creases. 1. Students draw the cartoon woman according to the … Read More

How to Draw Aliens

I made this condensed tutorial for three aliens as it is fun to mix and match the different eyes, hands and feet. It’s a good direct draw project for the very young as they are not so concerned about making the alien look “right”. Aliens can look however you imagine them to look. MATERIALS Draw Aliens PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on … Read More

Half Portrait Tutorial

Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. I like this one as the fold line guides will force them to fill their paper. MATERIALS Half Portrait Tutorial (see below) Drawing paper Pencil Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Fold paper in half three times to create crease guide lines. Draw the half portrait according to the instructions on the tutorial. Note that many of the … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait Tutorial

I’ve made a Modigliani self portrait tutorial in hopes that it encourages more to try it out. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing, and thick pastels are the perfect media for imitating Modigliani’s rich dark paintings. • View and download Modigliani Tutorial MATERIALS Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ Oil pastels DIRECTIONS Cut the paper to 8″ x 18″. Fold the paper in half three times … Read More

Draw a Clown

My clown tutorial seems to be pretty popular over at Pinterest, so here is an update. My recommendation? Start with black paper so your clown can truly have the white face that makes him or her so fun to color. • View and download Draw a Clown tutorial   MATERIALS • Black construction paper • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Draw the clown in pencil. 2. Trace the drawing with a black pastel. 3. Color … Read More

Draw an Astronaut

Here’s one way to spark a child’s interest in science and space. Show them how to draw an astronaut and space ship, floating among stars and planets. All are made with simple shapes, and fun to color in when complete. Just click on the link below and you can download your own pdf tutorial for a classroom friendly project. • How to Draw an Astronaut MATERIALS • Color print of tutorial • Drawing paper … Read More

How to Draw Martin Luther King

I put my portrait drawing skills to the test today to see if I show students how to draw Martin Luther King, hopefully with a decent resemblance. The kids did a great job so I thought I’d pass this along as I know quite a few students are studying the life of this amazing man. TIP: I strongly recommend using a thick black Sharpie marker for all the black as it really helped to make … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face

Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice old-fashioned look, along with the chance to color a nice white beard and fuzzy hat brim. • View and download Santa PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Santa tutorial • Drawing paper (my sample used brown kraft paper) • Black marker … Read More

How to Draw Frida Kahlo

A few key features will help you learn how to draw Frida Kahlo like a pro. She was a Mexican self-portrait artist and feminist icon who was married to Diego Rivera. Draw her hair up, with flowers and classic heavy eyebrows, and there’s not much mistaking whose portrait you are drawing. • View and download Frida Kahlo PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Black card stock paper, or dark black construction paper • Pencil • Ruler … Read More

Flying Umbrella Kid Tutorial

This little drawing idea came from a stock art image, one of my favorite places to get inspired. As it is currently a rainy and windy night here in LA, I thought I’d make a tutorial for my drawing class tomorrow. I intentionally kept the child looking as simple as possible so young artists could easily alter it to their liking. MATERIALS • Download Umbrella Kid PDF Tutorial • Multimedia paper • Sharpie marker, … Read More

3D Miro Painting

Joan Miro was a Spanish painter who made very child like paintings. He often used some very simple shapes that students can easily imitate to make their own Surrealist painting. MATERIALS • Miro PDF Tutorial • Watercolor Paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Yarn • Black Sharpie • Crayons • White glue • Paint brush DIRECTIONS 1. Gather supplies. 2. Draw a simple figure, trace with marker and crayon. 3. Cut 2″ squares from tissue paper. … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait

Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye and mouth details that I see so many students get stuck with. • View and download Abstract Self … Read More

Paint like Miro

Joan Miro was a Spanish painter who made very child like paintings. He often used some very simple shapes that students can easily imitate to make their own Surrealist painting. MATERIALS • Miro PDF Tutorial • Watercolor Paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Yarn • Black Sharpie • Crayons • White glue • Paint brush DIRECTIONS 1. Gather supplies. 2. Draw a simple figure, trace with marker and crayon. 3. Cut 2″ squares from tissue paper. … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial

Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. 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 download Abstract Face Tutorial MATERIALS Watercolor paper Black marker Crayons Liquid watercolor DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on … Read More

Draw Captain America

It’s fun to tie drawing lessons into current movies, if you can. Here’s one way to draw a young looking Captain America, that I would save for 2nd grade or so on up. MATERIALS View and download Captain America 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 to draw the chickadee in pencil. … Read More

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