Color Lesson for Kindergarten

Color lesson plans for kindergarten can be so much more fun than just painting a color wheel. I opted to split my primary mixing lessons into three separate classes, and this one was perfect for making orange. Art Teacher’s Tip: Rolls of masking tape make the best templates for drawing circles. They are easy to hold, don’t slip on the … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case

You can recycle CD jewel cases and turn them into gifts instead. Here’s a few ideas for a birthday or Mother’s Day. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make a special gift at the same time. MATERIALS • CD case, the kind that is about 1/4″ thick … Read More

Drawing a Leprechaun

Here is a step by step leprechaun drawing tutorial for St. Patrick’s Day, coming up on March 17th. He’s kind of a simple cartoon character, with mostly symmetrical parts which help most students when they are learning how to draw. • View and download Leprechaun Tutorial MATERIALS • Print of Leprechaun Tutorial • Multimedia paper • Black Sharpie marker • … Read More

Scream Art Project

This Scream art project was shared from Washington Elementary School in Michigan, and it was a huge hit with my students as well. It combines Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” face with some blow paint fun for all kinds of expressionist possibilities. WARM UP Look at Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting to see how much expression can be created with lines … Read More

Scratch Art Designs for Valentine’s Day

I brought out my old stash of oil pastels and showed students how to make scratch art designs for Valentine’s Day. Messy, but really beautiful! This is what you save that old broken batch of pastels for. Choose a simple shape for students to draw, layer with color, and then scratch away. The fun part is that if they don’t … Read More

Robert Indiana LOVE Letters

This 3D letter project provides good dimensional drawing practice, and makes a nice Valentine card too. Stencils help but are optional. Robert Indiana made a famous sculpture in the sixties that came to symbolize the peace movement. Students can make a similar image while practicing their 3D shapes and shading. I started with my school’s die cutter and made about a … Read More

Finish the Valentine Face

Start with a print of heart glasses, and draw a face around it. Could be boy or girl or cat or dog? The large size forces students to draw big.   MATERIALS • View and download Heart Glasses PDF Drawing paper Color printer Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print a Heart Glasses page for each student. Students draw the … Read More

Radiating Hearts

Students can practice radial symmetry with this Radiating Hearts drawing. It takes time to fill in the entire paper, but the results can be really amazing. And once someone gets good at the process, it can be applied to many other shapes as well. MATERIALS • Colored Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ • White card stock paper, cut to … Read More

DIY Valentines

You can mass produce some DIY Valentines with some pretty paper, heart punch and hole punch. These stamp edges were made with a hole punch, punching just a half hole all around the outside of an art trading card. After that, you just need some pretty pink paper from your favorite craft store, and maybe a heart punch or two. … Read More

Christmas Tree Door Wreath

The last holiday project I’d like to share is my friend Regina’s amazing Christmas Tree Wreath that I spied as I was finishing my family visit in Tennessee. Regina is the owner of Whitney Hill Estates, and the host of my art retreat every summer. She just has more artsy skills in her fingertips than anyone I know. She briefly … Read More

Gingerbread Cookies on Baking Sheet Trays

Here’s another look at Model Magic project from last year, Gingerbread boys and girls, displayed on their own baking sheet trays. I’ve found that if you want to give your Model Magic creations a bit of a longer life, spray them with a clear gloss when finished. It does make the color last longer, not forever, but at least a … Read More

Holiday Ornament Project

Here’s a holiday ornament idea that fulfills all the requirements of being easy, inexpensive, flexible, and most important, a little sparkly for the students. To make your life really easy, I recommend getting an industrial craft punch like the one shown above. I use mine all the time, mostly for craft stick projects like this. It can even cut through … Read More

Drawing Symmetrical Elf Shoes (with a Template!)

This is one of my student’s favorite Christmas drawing ideas, and I think it’s because it’s a new point of view for them, and offers all kinds of color and pattern possibilities. The one issue that I have been meaning to address with this project is the drawing of the elf feet. I first did this with older students (grade … Read More

Free Christmas Wreath Mural

Here’s a thank you to hard-working teachers and parents everywhere, a free Christmas Wreath coloring project. May it add a little extra cheer to your home or classroom. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • 4 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Coloring Guide • Single Page Version FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 15″ x 15″ RECOMMENDED MEDIA: Portfolio Oil Pastels, 24 pack • Download Christmas Wreath PDF … Read More

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