Draw Frankenstein
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I created a How to Draw Frankenstein tutorial that targets 7 year olds and up. The hair, screws and hunch back are all you need to know exactly who this is. MATERIALS … Read More

Mummy Matchbox Art
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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 … Read More

Halloween Black Cat
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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 … Read More

Draw an Urban Haunted House
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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 … Read More

Happy Haunted House Mural
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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 … Read More

Pipe Cleaner Tarantula
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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 … Read More

Peek a Boo Cats
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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 … Read More

Halloween Eye Balls
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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 … Read More

Skeleton Craft
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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 … Read More

An Artist’s Pumpkin
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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 … Read More

Watercolor Pumpkin
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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 … 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

More Witch Hat Scratch Art
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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 … 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

Symmetrical Drawing Practice
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Here’s a fun way to get some symmetrical drawing practice, and create a fun, spooky image too. Give students half of a printed spider and have them fill in the missing side. … 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

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

Halloween Recycle Craft Project
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A friend has been saving these old saline bottles for quite awhile, and I finally had a chance to think up a Halloween recycle craft project for them. My reliable Sharpie markers … Read More

Pumpkin Art
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This pumpkin art project is a great example of teaching a principal of design, while making a very graphic image. I love how it literally requires students to flip and glue down … Read More

Silly Pumpkin Art Project
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This silly pumpkin art project can’t help but make you smile, what with the goofy teeth and all. I once found this wonderful marble construction paper sold both in packs of green … 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

Halloween Idea for Cat Collage
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween ideas for kids. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of other possibilities too. The simple shape of the cat, … Read More

More Halloween Silhouettes
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Here are a few 3rd grade examples of my Halloween Silhouette project. I think I love them so much because they are just plain BOLD. And the lighter ones are certainly a … Read More

Halloween Silhouette
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Students draw a silhouette on a large coffee filter, fill it in with a Sharpie marker, and then paint the background with liquid watercolor paint. PREP I opted to make a simple … Read More

Draw a Monster, Super Close up Style
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Quite possibly the world’s simplest how to draw a monster project. Students used a roll of masking tape to draw the eyes, one of which needed to be going off the page. … Read More

Cubism Face Fun
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Mix Frankenstein with computer illustrated eye drawings and kids can have fun making some very silly faces. MATERIALS Pycomall, sheet of Cartoon Eyes $8 Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip Crayons … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing
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Maple leaves are easy to draw if you break them down into simple steps as shown. MATERIALS Drawing paper or old brown grocery bag Black marker Color sticks or crayons DIRECTIONS Draw … Read More

Home Brewed Haunted House
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Instant coffee makes a great paint that is inexpensive and the perfect brown for this time of year. I thought a haunted house would be a good subject matter because of all … Read More

Drawing Spiderwebs
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I never realized how much spiderwebs have in common with zentangles, which are basically repeated shapes. Try some fine tipped white poster markers on black scrapbook paper to make some like these. … Read More

Pumpkin Face Collage
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This silly pumpkin art project can’t help but make you smile, what with the goofy teeth and all. I once found this wonderful marble construction paper sold both in packs of green … Read More

The Scream and Blow Painting
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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 … Read More

Kitty Collage ATCs
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween ideas for kids. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of other possibilities too. The simple shape of the cat, … Read More

Full Moon Tree
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This full moon tree painting 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 • … Read More

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

Draw a Cartoon Vampire
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Students traced an old CD to help draw the head of this not-so-scary vampire. The hair could be shortened for a boy drawing, and the simple red cape make it easy to … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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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 … Read More

Positive and Negative Pumpkin
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I like how this is an example of using both positive and negative shapes, with some built in symmetry. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, cream and black, 8.5″ x 11″ • Scissors … Read More

Glowing Cat Eyes
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These glowing cat eyes are made from blending a few layers of pencil crayons. White on the bottom, then yellow, and for those interested in more detail, a bit of brown. Please … Read More

Halloween Black Cat
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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 … Read More

Stick Drawing Halloween Costume
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This is me in my Stick Drawing costume this morning. Can’t say I’d want to walk down the street very long with the mask I made, but I was proud to be … Read More

How to Draw a Skull
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Learning how to draw a skull, be it for Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations, is not that hard if you break it down into steps. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Black Sharpie … Read More

Halloween Cardboard Signs
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A Pinterest posting inspired this idea for my after school Cardboard Crafts class today. There is something about torn tape that just makes the coolest looking letters. The more uneven and lopsided … Read More

Halloween Art Project Cat Collage
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween ideas for kids. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of other possibilities too. The simple shape of the cat, … Read More

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