Picasso Style Self Portrait

Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the power of color. A side self-portrait with lowered eyes in blues and greens makes for a great study. MATERIALS Picasso Blue Period PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper, 6″ x 9″ art journal size Black Sharpie marker Liquid watercolor, blue and green Brush   DIRECTIONS This project asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look that Picasso’s art had … Read More

Magritte Art Project

René Magritte was famous for paintings that challenge how we see. Have your students to express themselves with a magazine circle turned into an eye. MATERIALS Download Rene Magritte Project PDF tutorial Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″ Old CD for tracing Old magazines Scissors Glue stick Black marker Crayons, skin color DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut 9″ x 12″ in half to make the 6″ x 9″ format used for my art journal projects. Students look … Read More

Outline Hand Drawing

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 1. With a journal or drawing paper, students to traced their hands in pencil. Unusual placement and cropping was encouraged. 2. Students use either a thin marker or pen and draw in as many line details as they can (nails, wrinkles, etc.) … 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

Art Journaling and Tea Bags

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 the top, and writing can go sideways and even upside down. No worries, just paint, draw and write and have fun! MATERIALS • Art Journal or multimedia paper • Gelly Roll pens • Tea bags • Warm water DIRECTIONS 1. Put a … Read More

Travel Journal Page

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 • Art Journal page or paper • Black marker • Colored pencils DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a border around the edge. Add a horizon line about 2/3  down the page. Draw a road and trees that got smaller and smaller. 2. With the lettering, … Read More

Summer Flip Flops

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 boxes • Card stock paper • Brads • Crayons • Old window screen for rubbing texture • Scissors • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS 1. I made a 5″ tall flip flop pattern and gave each students lots of cut up box sections. … Read More

Printing with Bubble Wrap

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 messy, but by limiting things to one one color and (hopefully) one clean print, you can do this with a large group of students and not have any regrets.   MATERIALS • Art journal or 6″ x 9″ drawing paper • Bubble … Read More

“Where I Live” Art Journal Page

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 Scissors Black marker Glue stick Crayons DIRECTIONS To keep young students from cutting shapes that were too large for their book, I precut Thomas Guide maps to 5″ squares. A ground shaped was cut and attached with a glue stick. Students then … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing

Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. MATERIALS Art journal or drawing paper Black marker, thick and ultra fine tip Markers, assorted colors Sharpie silver marker DIRECTIONS Draw many large simple leaves that are overlapping and even going off a sheet of paper. Trace the lines with a black marker and color in with bright marker colors. Add gold or silver Sharpie marker lines to the … Read More

CD Color Wheel

   I have tips to help students make a CD color wheel. They involve a bit of “eyeball” measuring, which still works fine for this purpose. MATERIALS View and download Divide CD Tutorial Old CDs Ruler Sharpie marker, black, fine tip Sharpie markers, assorted, fine or brush tip DIRECTIONS Print tutorial for each student. Students use a ruler to divide the CD and draw black lines as shown. The color wheel sections are filled … Read More

Printing with Bubblewrap

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, but by limiting things to one one color and (hopefully) one clean print, you can do this with a large group of students and not have any regrets.   MATERIALS • Art journal or 6″ x 9″ drawing paper • Bubble wrap … Read More

Layered Creative Writing

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 • Watercolor pencils • Brush, water DIRECTIONS 1. Start by writing a little about the day in very spaced out lines with a black pen. Continued until the background was filled with evenly spaced lines. 2. Using watercolor pencils, draw an outline of … Read More

Summer Flip Flops

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 flop pattern and gave each students lots of cut up box sections. They were to trace on the back to create two matching flip flops. 2. I used a sharp scissors to poke a hole in each shoe. Two small colored strips … Read More

Draw a Dandelion

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 • View and download Dandelion PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Sharpie marker, ultra fine tip DIRECTIONS 1. Draw center grid lines on paper, lightly, in pencil. 2. Follow the drawing instructions as shown on the tutorial. 3. Trace the drawing with … Read More

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