Outline Hand Drawing
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Have students start by tracing their hand, and then add all the details they can see. MATERIALS • Journal Page or Drawing Paper • Pencil • Black Sharpie, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS … Read More

How to Draw Fireworks
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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 … Read More

Art Journaling and Tea Bags
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Some of my favorite art journal pages I’ve seen just have a sense of freedom to them. The paper can be spotty and messy, headlines can go at the bottom instead of … Read More

Travel Journal Page
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I used two laws of perspective to help give this travel journal page drawing some depth. With distance, similar shapes appear to get smaller, and colors in general get lighter. MATERIALS • … Read More

Summer Flip Flops
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I have trouble throwing away clean colorful food boxes, and was inspired by the beach theme of these cracker boxes. MATERIALS • Art Journal or paper • Clean old cereal or cracker … Read More

Printing with Bubble Wrap
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I tried printing with bubble wrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little … Read More

Painting a Cloudy Sky
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Last week, fourth graders learned how to make watercolor clouds after they painted a bald eagle. 1. The drawing was made as shown on my Bald Eagle Tutorial. I used 6″ x … Read More

“Where I Live” Art Journal Page
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My Art Journal class is focusing on themes that describe their home life. Today they made a collage from old LA street maps. MATERIALS Art Journal page, or drawing paper Old street maps … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing
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Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. 1. Draw many large simple leaves that are overlapping and even going off a sheet of paper. … Read More

CD Color Wheel
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I may try this extended color wheel with some of my older students this fall, specifically those that are working on their Recycled Art Journals. It would remind them of the basic … Read More

Printing with Bubblewrap
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I tried printing with bubblewrap, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little messy, … Read More

Layered Creative Writing
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Maybe a really good test score, or jersey number or locker number could be the starting point for a journal page prompt. MATERIALS • Art Journal page • Ball point pen • … Read More

Summer Flip Flops
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I have trouble throwing away clean colorful food boxes, and was inspired by the beach theme of these cracker boxes for my art journal class. 1. I made a 5″ tall flip … Read More

Draw a Dandelion
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Practice your fine marker skills with this how to draw a dandelion project. Careful drawing and tracing will make a very pretty and delicate looking flower. Happy summer drawing everyone! PREP • … Read More

Collage Bracelet Journal Page
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I like to encourage students to make art that spreads across two pages. The more entries that are tall or wide or even upside down, the better! 1. Students trace their hand … Read More

Picasso Journal Page
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Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the emotional power of color. This project also asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look … Read More

René Magritte Journal Page
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René Magritte was a surrealism artist, famous for a number of paintings that challenge how we see things. You can challenge your students to express themselves with a magazine circle that is … Read More

A Negative Space Exercise
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I wanted to mix things up for my students this week, so I had them just focus on the background of their art, or the negative space. In honor of Sponge Bob, … Read More

Matisse Art Journal Page
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Did you know that Matisse and Picasso were good friends before they became rivals? That must have made for interesting times. All I know is that Matisse was a master of colors … Read More

Robert Indiana Art Journal Page
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This Robert Indiana LOVE Letter project provides good dimensional drawing practice, and makes a nice Valentine card too. Robert Indiana made a famous sculpture in the sixties that came to symbolize the … Read More

Delaunay Art Journal Page
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I love the work of Sonia Delaunay, not only for her colorful abstract circles, but also for her groundbreaking life story. This project is fun and easy for students if you can … Read More

Bubble Wrap Printmaking
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I tried bubblewrap printmaking, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little messy, but … Read More

Sunflower Journal Page
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It’s so much fun to browse art journal pages over on Pinterest. MATERIALS Art journal or multi media paper Black Sharpie marker Crayola crayons Watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS Start with quarter circle … Read More

Boat Collage Journal Page
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This boat collage journal page encourages students to make layered pages in their art journals. I ask them not to write entries NEXT to their pictures, but to write OVER them to … Read More

Fireworks Drawing
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This is an exercise in radial drawing, but it makes a nice fireworks drawing when you fill up the page.  MATERIALS • Journal page or drawing paper • Pencil crayon or crayons DIRECTIONS … Read More

Contour Line Drawing
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The truth is drawing is a skill, and just like anything else, anyone can get better with practice. MATERIALS • Journal Page or Drawing Paper • Pencil • Black Sharpie, ultra fine … Read More

Summer Swimming
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I was inspired by some swimming self-portraits over at “Use Your Coloured Pencils” and loved the floating hair. My students gave it a go today and made some of the cutest paintings … Read More

Art Journal ”Happiness List”
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I saw this “Happiness List” idea somewhere on the internet, and really like the positive message it gives to both kids and adults. It’s a reminder of things to do if you … Read More

“Thankful” Bubbles Art Journal Page
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 I love finding ways to have students write in a non-linear fashion. Here is a writing and painting page that I made in my Strathmore Art Journal, and the color held up … Read More

Bracelet Collage Journal Page
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I like to encourage students to make art that spreads across two pages. The more entries that are tall or wide or even upside down, the better! 1. Students trace their hand … Read More

Art Journaling Seasons
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My after school art journal class continues, and I’m determined to build on my most successful ideas from last year. One was to have the students fill the pages by asking them to … Read More

My Summer Self Portrait
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I’d been exploring ideas for a back-to-school project combining art with story telling much like a popular art journal technique. This project which combines a self portrait with a composition about the … Read More

Face Collage Journal Page
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This is a mix and match collage project, with a writing prompt that hopefully sparks some creative thinking. MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Old Magazines • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS PREP: I’ve … Read More

Rainy Days Creative Writing
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From a past art journal class, a simple way to layer blue tissue paper rain drops over some creative rainy writing. MATERIALS • Art journal or drawing paper • Permanent thin marker … Read More

Rainy Day Umbrellas
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These rainy day umbrellas are cut out from patterned scrapbook paper. It’s raining cats and dogs here in LA so I thought this would be a good theme for my next after-school … Read More

Boat Collage and Writing
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This boat collage and writing project encourages students to make layered pages in their art journals. I ask them not to write entries NEXT to their pictures, but to write OVER them … Read More

Tea Bag Journal Page
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Some of my favorite art journal pages I’ve seen just have a sense of freedom to them. The paper can be spotty and messy, headlines can go at the bottom instead of … Read More

Number Journal Prompt
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Maybe a really good test score, or jersey number or locker number could be the starting point for a journal page prompt.   MATERIALS • Art Journal page • Ball point pen … Read More

Silly Word Poem
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I saw a poet somewhere who writes by just choosing words from a page in a book, and blacking out all the rest. I think kids could have a lot of fun … Read More

Art Projects for Kids