Picasso Monsters

Mix a little Picasso art history and Halloween fun by drawing a cubism face with clip art eyes. Mismatched eyes, that is. MATERIALS Pycomall, sheet of Cartoon Eyes $8 Color printer Color printing paper for the eyes Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip Crayons DIRECTIONS Those on a budget could use magazine eyes, but I had too many kids to chance that they could all find some. I found a place called Pycomall.com … Read More

Positive / Negative Pumpkins

I like how this project requires students to think symmetrically, but still allows for plenty of creativity with the final marker lines. MATERIALS Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″, assorted colors Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″, black Scissors Glue sticks Black Sharpie marker Silver Sharpie marker   DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut a half black sheet for each student. I recommend that you (the teacher) demonstrate and work along with the students. They need to … Read More

Crankenstein

Teach kinders and up how to draw a face with LOTS of crankiness, thanks to this very funny new children’s book, “Crankenstein”, by Samantha Berger. Crankenstein can be drawn with some very simple shapes, and show students how to create a very expressive face. MATERIALS “Crankenstein” book, by Samantha Berger Watercolor paper, if you can afford it, or multimedia paper Old cardboard for templates Sharpie chisel tip marker, black Crayons Liquid watercolor paint, green … Read More

Halloween Lettering with Tape

Here’s a Halloween craft idea to make some scary signage. There is something about torn tape that just makes the coolest looking letters. The more uneven and lopsided they are, the better.  MATERIALS Old corrugated cardboard Old paper cutter recommended White tempera tape Black Black tempera paint Orange or red painters tape, 1″ wide DIRECTIONS PREP: I chopped up old corrugated cardboard boxes with a paper cutter, and offered kids either square or rectangular … Read More

Draw Frankenstein

I created a How to Draw Frankenstein tutorial that targets early elementary student. The hair, screws and hunch back are all you need to know exactly who this is. MATERIALS Draw Frankenstein PDF tutorial (see link below) Drawing paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print guide lines or fold paper to make creases. Students follow the tutorial to draw Frankenstein. The drawing is traced with a black marker. Frankenstein is colored with crayons. … Read More

Mummy Matchbox Art

My Matchbox Art students wrapped a pipe cleaner man with a strip of cheese cloth and then got to decide what kind of box their mummy wanted to “live” in. MATERIALS Matchbox Art PDF Tutorial Card stock paper, white Scissors or paper cutter Black Sharpie, ultra fine tip Black Sharpie, chisel tip Stabilo markers, assorted colors (these are my favorite) Tape Glue stick Pipecleaner man tutorial White pipe cleaners Cheesecloth   DIRECTIONS PREP: Print … Read More

Halloween Black Cat

The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy to share. I had been wanting to find an easy way to have my students work in three dimension, and this project worked great, even for 1st graders. The biggest step they needed help with, sometimes, was cutting the slash for the … Read More

Draw an Urban Haunted House

There are many, many ways to draw a haunted house, but may favorite are the quirky city type with some unusual architectural features. MATERIALS Draw an Urban Haunted House PDF 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 haunted house in pencil. The haunted house is traced with a black marker. … Read More

Happy Haunted House Mural

A new Haunted House mural has just gone up in my store, just in time for Halloween. I added some fun scary details to this one, but feel free to add more of you own (ghosts, owls, etc.). Color each of the 25 pages, tape them together, and you end up with a 36″ x 48″ mural. • Purchase Happy Halloween Haunted House Mural for $5

Pipe Cleaner Tarantula

I’ve tried a lot of pipe cleaner animal ideas, and this Tarantula is my favorite in both looks and ease to make. It’s also makes a pretty cool decoration for this time of year.   MATERIALS Aluminum can tabs Pipe cleaners, black and brown Scissors   DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut pipe cleaners into 4″ lengths. Students start with one black and one brown pipe cleaner and twist them together to make one that is multi … Read More

Peek a Boo Cats

Here’s a variation on my Black Cat Collage project that plays with the idea of peeking cats. Good orange paper will really have the most impact. MATERIALS Orange scrapbook paper, 12″ x 12″, from JoAnn’s Black card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Yellow card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Black Sharpie marker Scissors Glue stick White pencil crayon Paper cutter (optional but helpful)   DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut orange paper in half to make 12″ … Read More

Halloween Eye Balls

Did you know you can get air dry clay in colors? I think it happens to be THE most perfect material to make some really fun Halloween eye balls. The balls are easy to form, and they dry to what feel like heavy marbles. I’ve been trying different air dry clay projects for years now, and too many end up fragile or hard to paint. I can’t wait to try these out with my … Read More

Skeleton Craft

My pack rat tendencies paid off when I figured out how use old watercolor trays to house this Model Magic skeleton. How many themes can this project touch on? Let’s see. Fun Halloween project? Check. STEAM approved (study of bones)? Check. Recycling old art supplies? Check. Backpack (portable) proof? Check. Not bad for one project!   SUPPLIES Old watercolor tray Black spray paint Crayola White Model Magic Paint brush Sparkle Mod Podge (optional)   … Read More

Many Pumpkin Faces

I introduced my kinders last week to their first printmaking project. Learning how to draw different expressions on the faces, like those in the famous “Five Little Pumpkins” book, added to the fun. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Old paper towel rolls Black tempera paint Plates for paint Black Sharpie marker Crayons DIRECTIONS CLASS ONE Students use a paper towel or toilet paper roll, dip the end in a pool of black tempera paint, and print … Read More

An Artist’s Pumpkin

The world’s easiest way to decorate a pumpkin — just pour paint Jackson Pollock style. MATERIALS White foam pumpkin, from Michaels or Amazon Old acrylic paint, bright colors Newspaper and small cup (such as old yogurt cut) Glossy Mod Podge   DIRECTIONS Place pumpkin on newspaper, sitting on a small cup. Pour paint right from the container on top of the pumpkin until it runs down the sides. Repeat layers until the pumpkin is … Read More

Watercolor Pumpkin

You pretty much can’t lose when you make pumpkins your subject matter for a painting. The line work alone is perfect for teaching kids how to give their circles dimension, let alone all the shading possibilities. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Bowl, about 6″ diameter for tracing Sharpie marker, black Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS The bowl is traced in pencil in the center of the paper, a stem was added (it should be set “into” the … Read More

How to Paint a Pumpkin

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 make a dimensional looking pumpkin. Drawing a circle and painting it orange would not produce nearly the same results, so it was important to follow these steps. And after finding this idea recently at Grande Park Art Blog, I was really happy … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies

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 easy for kids to use too. MATERIALS • White paper jewelry boxes • Sharpie marker, black, fine tip • Sharpie marker, black, brush tip • Sharpie marker, silver, fine tip • Orange liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Lightly draw a series of … Read More

More Witch Hat Scratch Art

My students have been making these Witch Hat Scratch Art images all week. And as I mentioned before, I’ve learned that as long as they make two thick layers of color before scratching away at the surface, the outcome can’t help but be rich and colorful. I can’t tell you how messed up my floor is right now, as noted by my custodian, but I say it’s all worth it. I only need to … Read More

Witch Hat Scratch Art

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 up with some very rich looking works of art. MATERIALS • Multimedia or drawing paper • Black Sharpie, chisel tip • Portfolio brand Oil Pastels (their softness really makes a difference) • Wooden stylus DIRECTIONS 1. Students draw a simple witch or … Read More

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