Symmetrical Drawing
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I actually ran out of drawing paper recently and tried out this food wrap (dry wax paper) that was left over from an old project. MATERIALS • Dry wax paper, 12″ x … Read More

Japanese Fan Painting
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If you need a Japanese-themed art project, this works well even for kinders. In fact, I love the “wobbly” lines of the young ones – it’s what make their art so charming.   MATERIALS … Read More

Japanese Carp Wind Sock
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Carp windsocks decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children’s Day. I love these inexpensive precut fish made with paper that just soaks up color. They come flat … Read More

How To Draw King Tut
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Here’s a combo make in art heaven — gold tempera and a King Tut painting project. Works great for history lessons, or even an excuse to use the paint. It’s inexpensive and … Read More

Draw an Adobe Landscape
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Diversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class … Read More

Elephant Drawing Tutorial
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I like how this tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing part of an elephant. MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, black • Crayons • Liquid … Read More

La Boca Houses of Argentina
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La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It is a popular tourist destination because of its very colorful homes. Turn out that years ago, shipyard workers … Read More

Reader’s Year of the Rooster Mural
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This just in, a finished “Chinese New Year of the Rooster” mural from Alison, a teacher. She opted to use an acrylic paint mixed with a soft gel medium to add some … Read More

Chinese New Year Mural 2017
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My new Chinese New Year Mural 2017 celebrates the Year of the Rooster. The first day of the New Year is on Saturday, January 28th. This mural is drawn and colored with the … Read More

Day of the Dead Sharpie Art
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To make some super Day of the Dead Sharpie art, try coloring on aluminum foil. Besides the fact that that colors just glide on, the foil adds a richness to the color … Read More

Draw Russian Buildings
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Russian buildings are so different from those children are used to drawing. The “ice cream” topped towers look like they are from a fairy tale. MATERIALS •  Russian Buildings PDF Tutorial • … Read More

Symmetrical Watercolor Kimonos
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Students used sandwich wrap paper to draw symmetrical kimono shapes, and then finished with liquid watercolor paint. The transparent tissue allowed for drawing one side and then tracing the other so they … Read More

Oil Pastel Kimono
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Studying the culture from other countries offers a a new perspective on common items such as clothing.   MATERIALS • Multimedia or drawing paper • Oil pastels   DIRECTIONS 1. Students start … Read More

Air Dry Clay Totem Poles
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Here’s a fun totem pole project I found recently over at dickblick.com. Air dry clay formed into animals and stacked on a dowel. I like how it is based on American Indian … Read More

Egyptian Jewelry
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One more paper plate project – Egyptian collar jewelry. Students cut out the center, painted it with Dick Blick gold watercolor, and glued some plastic rhinestones when dry. An easy way to … Read More

Dutch Windmills
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This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border makes for an instant frame. My sample is drawn in pencil, traced … Read More

Draw Amsterdam Buildings
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My students have drawn lots of traditional American style homes, so now I’d like them to try something different. Specifically, Amsterdam style buildings. They have very different profiles and details, not to … Read More

Draw a Kimono Girl
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Here’s how your students can draw a young girl in a traditional Japanese kimono. MATERIALS Download Kimono Girl Tutorial Drawing paper Old CD for tracing Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial … Read More

Double Decker English Bus
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England is famous for its double decker red buses. Here’s an idea for a fun English painting, using cake tempera paints and Sharpie markers. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Sharpie marker, chisel … Read More

Island Home
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This is another oil pastel over tempera project that worked well for a multicultural theme recently. A teacher wanted an art project linked to the Bahamas, and this colorful house worked well. I’ve … Read More

Aboriginal Snake Drawing
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My Aboriginal snake drawing was inspired by art from Australia, where there are Aborigines who live today as they did thousands of years ago. Like cave painters, they use art as a … Read More

How to Draw a Dragon
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Seems to me that kids of all ages love to draw dragons, but they can get rather complex sometimes. I made this tutorial for in hopes of simplifying the process as much … Read More

Draw Big Ben
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Studying England? Learning how to tell time? Learn about both by drawing Big Ben and then choosing a specific time for the hands of your clock. Who says art projects can’t support … Read More

NEW Day of the Dead Mural
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“Dia De Los Muertos” is also known as Day of the Dead, and is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico. It is all about honoring deceased loved ones, and is … Read More

Maasai Portrait
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The Maasai are a group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their very colorful customs. One way to … Read More

Drawing Frida Kahlo
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A few key features will help you learn how to draw artist Frida Kahlo like a pro. She was a Mexican self-portrait artist and feminist icon who was married to Diego Rivera. … Read More

Coffee Can Totem Pole
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This was my solution to finish off my coffee can totem pole project, going with the kind of “wooden” look that kraft paper does so well. Some excited students later added lots … Read More

Kimono Drawing
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Studying art culture from other countries offers a new perspective on common items such as clothing. MATERIALS • Drawing paper, 12″ x 18″ recommended • Newsprint, approx. 10″ x 17″ • Sharpie … Read More

How to Draw Chinese Lanterns
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The Chinese New Year is coming up on January 31, 2014. Aside from learning more about China, students can also use this lesson to practice perspective with the size of the lanterns, … Read More

Maasai African Portraits
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The Maasai people are a tribe located in Kenya. Their distinctive clothing and head dress make them among the most well known of all African tribes. A silhouette with simple adornment shapes … Read More

Mexican Landscape
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Diversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class … Read More

Aborigine Snake Drawing
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My Aborigine snake drawing was inspired by art from Australia, where there are Aborigines who live today as they did thousands of years ago. Like cave painters, they use art as a … Read More

How to Make a Mola
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Molas are handmade textiles from Panama which use a reverse appliqué technique. Several layers of different-colored cloth are sewn together and the design is then formed by cutting parts of each layer … Read More

Candle Collage Card
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This Candle Collage Card for kinders is one project I keep returning to, I think for over 10 years or so now. Making holiday cards with kinders may sound like a fairly … Read More

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