How to Draw a Star Banner

My favorite way to show students how to draw a star is to connect the dots. Have the dots touch the edge of a paper to get stars that fill up the page. I describe the star as having a head, two arms and two legs. Yes, much like Patrick Star from Spongebob if that helps. Instruct students to make a head dot at the center top of the paper, two hand dots across … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks

This example of radial symmetry is also a great way to learn how to draw fireworks. MATERIALS • Journal page or drawing paper • Pencil crayon or crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. Students to place about 5 dots random dots on the page with a crayon or pencil crayon. Starting with one dot, they draw squiggle lines around it which radiate outwards. It should look like a small flower. 2. Next they switch colors and … Read More

Draw the White House

If you are studying American symbols, here’s how to draw the White House. I’ve simplified it as much as possible, and have created some grid paper to help those (even as young as 1st grade) to count and draw all it’s many columns and windows. And there are quite a few of them! • View and download White House PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Card stock or drawing paper, 8.5″ x 11″ • Printed White … Read More

USA Flag Coloring Page

In honor of the 4th of July holiday, I’d like to share a coloring page from my USA Flag Mural. It calls for some careful coloring to keep the red strips red, and the white strips white but can look pretty striking when complete. • View and download USA Flag Coloring Page PDF MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Oil pastels or crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Print a flag page for each student. 2. The flag … Read More

Easy Statue of Liberty Tutorial

I created this easy Statue of Liberty tutorial for 1st graders, who study US symbols in the spring of each year. If you simplify the clothes, it really helps students concentrate on the very unmistakable pose of Lady Liberty. • View and download Statue of Liberty Tutorial MATERIAL • Watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, fine tip • Crayons DIRECTIONS PREP. Print a tutorial for every student to see. Draw or print guidelines on paper. 1. … Read More

How to Draw a Bald Eagle

Are your students studying American symbols? I tried this Bald Eagle drawing out with first graders last week, and they did an amazing job. The key is having the guide lines shown on my tutorial. It really helps them get their drawing off to a great start. MATERIALS • Bald Eagle PDF Tutorial • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker • Tempera paint DIRECTIONS 1. Students fold the paper in half four times to get … Read More

How to Draw the Statue of Liberty

I created this How to Draw the Statue of Liberty tutorial for kinders, who study US symbols in the spring of each year. Lady Liberty’s body and clothes would be pretty complex for them to draw (actually for anyone to draw), but her face and crown are pretty manageable if you just break them down into simple steps. What’s nice too is that it is accurate, there really are seven spikes coming out from … Read More

Craft Stick Flag

Given that folk art is created by untrained artists, everyday items (even craft sticks!) may be used for its creation. MATERIALS • Craft sticks, 10 per student • Liquid water color, red • Navy card stock paper • White glue • Star punch • White paper • Craft scissors DIRECTIONS PREP: I glued two sticks together with white glue to make a “flagpole”. I did this about 20 minutes prior to class so they could set … Read More

Draw the US Capitol

The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. I’ve made a tutorial that includes graph paper to help students align all of its beautiful features. MATERIALS US Capitol Building PDF Tutorial Printer (to make graph paper found in tutorial) Drawing paper Black marker Pencil crayons DIRECTIONS Print out a blank graph … Read More

Folk Art Flags

Given that folk art is created by untrained artists, everyday items (even craft sticks!) may be used for its creation. MATERIALS • Craft sticks, 10 per student • Liquid water color, red • Navy card stock paper • White glue • Star punch • White paper • Craft scissors DIRECTIONS PREP: I glued two sticks together with white glue to make a “flagpole”. I did this about 20 minutes prior to class so they could set … Read More

Faith Ringgold Flag Collage

Faith Ringgold, an African-American artist, is best known for her large story quilts. In 1985 she made a piece titled “Flag Story Quilt” which inspired this collage. I love how the bright colors and irregular pieces look like a homemade flag. • View and download PDF Flag template MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Old magazines • Scissors • Glue sticks • Hole punch DIRECTIONS 1. To help plan swatches, I gave the students a … Read More

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