Fall Pickup Truck
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  I wanted to do something different with my last watercolor class, but still keep it with the fall season, so I combined a simple truck and pumpkins. • View and download … Read More

Pattern Leaves
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Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is … Read More

Simple Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape
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Try starting with colored paper to give your chalk pastel drawings a little more punch, especially with simple fall landscapes.   MATERIALS Construction paper, orange or yellow Chalk pastels Spray fixative, if … Read More

Zentangle Art Leaf Template
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I created this leaf template years ago, after getting inspired by some Zentangle art. Here’s a fun project when studying lines as an element of art. Below is the link to download … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Mixing Colors for a Fall Leaf
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There is no digital replacement for mixing colors for a fall leaf painting, and I was reminded again how much kids just love the unknown of stirring two colors together. I’ve come … Read More

How to Paint a Pumpkin
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Here is a look at my how to paint a pumpkin instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies
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My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black and shiny silver. Fortunately, they all come from supplies that are very … Read More

Witch Hat Scratch Art
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I love how this witch hat scratch art pushes students to color heavily. It takes two coats of coloring to get the layers needed to scratch, so you can’t help but end … Read More

Paint A Crankenstein
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To learn how to paint a Crankenstein, you must first read Samantha Berger’s book on how you might spot such a creature, and how they come to be. It’s an adorable look … Read More

Drawing Witch Feet
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I found this drawing witch feet idea in some stock art Halloween illustrations. It offers colorful seasonal fun, and some good symmetrical drawing practice too with those curvy, funky boots. It’s unique … Read More

How to Draw a Haunted House
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When students learn how to draw a haunted house, they can practice their architectural drawing while making their houses look spooky. • View and download Haunted House Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print … Read More

Halloween Cat Painting
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This Halloween cat painting has a pretty high cute factor, and is easy to draw too. It is also very symmetrical, which is a big plus for young artists. MATERIALS • Watercolor … Read More

Draw a Bat, and the Perfect Book
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My first graders were shown how to draw a bat, but only after learning some more about them in this amazing new book I found “Nightsong”. It beautifully illustrates how they use … Read More

Tree Silhouette Art
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This tree silhouette art is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • Multimedia … Read More

Day of the Dead Sharpie Art
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To make some super Day of the Dead Sharpie art, try coloring on aluminum foil. Besides the fact that that colors just glide on, the foil adds a richness to the color … Read More

Draw a Cat Face
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In my search for some new art ideas, I found an extreme close up of a black cat face that got me thinking. If you draw the face super large, then you … Read More

Mayflower Ship Craft Project
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You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship craft project, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. I must give credit for this clever ship idea … Read More

Bat Painting, Silhouettes on Coffee Filters
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A fun way to make a bat painting as the permanent marker makes it easy to draw and color, and the coffee filters and watercolors never fail to amaze me with their … Read More

Transparent Line Art Leaves
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These line art leaves are a great project when studying the elements of art, specifically the power of lines. An amazingly pretty and transparent leaf can be made just by drawing lots … Read More

Student Chalk Pastel Apples
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A quick look at how some of my 4th graders made their apple drawings last week. I love how the oil pastel made a very thick edge, and literally helped keep the … Read More

Draw a Fall Tree
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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 … Read More

Fall Leaf Sharpie Art
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You just can’t beat the color and precision you get when you make fall leaf Sharpie art with the new brush tip variety. The markers actually work a lot like paint, in … Read More

How to Draw An Apple, and Shade it Like a Pro
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If you want to learn how to draw an apple, you don’t have to settle for just a flat shape. Add a white highlight and shaded side and bam! Pretty real looking … Read More

Terra Cotta Ceramic Owl Project
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I tried this ceramic thumb owl project out this week, and loved the simplicity of it. I have learned that children really enjoy working with clay, but class-wide skill levels vary so … Read More

Fall Tree Art Collage
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If you’ve every tried painting on a paper towel, and enjoyed the way the color just soaks in, then you will love this fall tree art project. Turns out that coffee filters … Read More

How to Draw a Fox Face
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My How to Draw a Fox Face tutorial will help students fill their page with a large, symmetrical face, that has all kinds of coloring options. • View and Download Fox Face … Read More

How to Draw a Pumpkin
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There are many “How to Draw a Pumpkin” tutorials out there. This is my take on what I would share with older students, namely third through fifth graders. They should be able … Read More

Fall Festival Banners
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If you need some inexpensive fall festival art, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this. Just rolls of paper, thick black marker, and lots of crayons. Oh, and lots and lots of … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing, Kandinsky Style
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Here’s a maple leaf drawing idea that uses colors, Kandinsky-style. Kandinsky was one of the first artists to make abstract paintings that celebrated ideas as simple as rings of color. I followed … Read More

Draw a Scarecrow Face
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Here’s a fun way to draw a scarecrow, and it’s easy enough for even most kinders. I highly recommend printing or drawing the light center guide lines though, before you start. They … Read More

Batik Pumpkin Art
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This batik pumpkin art is meant to imitate the real thing, a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can simulate the look of cracked wax and color by working with crayons … Read More

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