Make Olaf the Snowman

It doesn’t take a genius to see how easily Olaf the Snowman could be made out of Model Magic. Add some googly eyes, twigs, beans and bam, he’s done! I’ve been creating Model Magic with students for years now, and it’s ease of use never ceases to amaze me. The biggest tip I can give to newcomers, is to try to make things that can go inside a plastic cup or food container so … Read More

Zentangle Art Snowflakes

Zentangle art is drawing with repetitive patterns. My snowflakes may look complex, but they are made from just adding lots of arrows to my star template. I tried out some new Stabilo markers for this drawing, and totally love the pointMax set. The tips are nice and firm, so it makes them a pleasure to draw with. The company makes other super fine markers, but I think this size is perfect for trying to … Read More

Winter Tree Drawing and Tissue Paper Skies

You can make this winter tree drawing with the help of bleeding tissue paper. Just apply water to small squares and they leave behind amazing swirly winter skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue squares would leave geometric patterns behind, but instead, they swirl together and make a very soft mix … Read More

Easy Snowman Drawing

My students needed some easy snowman drawing directions, so I make this diagram. Simple adjustment of the face and buttons can add a lot of dimension. Consider making a snowman art show with lots of these guys all lined up looking around and in different directions. So much more fun than every one just looking straight ahead. MATERIALS Drawing paper, 18″ x 24″ Black marker, chisel tip Crayons or Crayola Color Sticks   DIRECTIONS … Read More

Snowman Handmade Greeting Cards

Make your own handmade greeting cards with my sticker snowman project. Animate your snowman by moving the arms and hat and adjusting placement of the face. These snowman trading cards make use of a trading card sleeve to line them up for display, but you always just glue the cards to a folded sheet to make a card. I love how the sleeves make the art have an instant laminated look, but the idea can … Read More

Old Fashioned Winter House

Old buildings are the stuff of storytelling, so this Old Fashioned Winter House is a perfect for young students this time of year. This painting was made by a kinder student named Ruby awhile back. I love how colorful her home is. Thanks Ruby for letting me share it! MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a wavy ground line. 2. Start the … Read More

Negative Space Tree

This negative space tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill in, but I have discovered that the marker will bleed in time and make a fuzzy line. If you want to avoid that, either use a black pastel or scan and print the original so that it looks perfect forever.   MATERIALS … Read More

Draw a Cardinal

I’ve been on the lookout for a new way to draw a cardinal. This one, inspired by a stock art illustration is built on some very simple shapes that I think young children can draw. • View and download Cardinal Tutorial   MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Sharpie marker, black • Oil Pastels   DIRECTIONS 1. On a horizontal sheet of paper, students draw a cardinal in pencil, following the diagram above. If you … Read More

Snowy Winter Silhouette Painting

I am still struck by how bright these winter silhouette paintings came out, this one by a third grader. I honestly think it comes from upgrading my tempera paint to something better than the school grade stuff. I’ve never seen such vivid results from school supplies, but I love every painting made with this tempera paint from This is not a paid endorsement, I just appreciate sharing quality supplies when I find them. … Read More

Craft Stick Snowflake

I came up with this Craft Stick Snowflake to help students make a special gift for their parents that is inexpensive, non-denominational, and pretty quick to make. My sample measures about 10″ across, and is made from sticks that you can buy at Michaels or JoAnns. Even if you pay retail (without any coupons) the cost is about 35¢ per student for just the sticks. Not bad. MATERIALS • Mini Craft Sticks, 12 • … Read More

Snowflake Painting

Here’s a simple snowflake painting project that was inspired by an illustration on a stock art website. I’ve found some amazing ideas at and, and, just to name a couple. Search vector illustrations for a topic and you can find literally thousands of drawing ideas. MATERIALS • Watercolor Paper, 9″ x 9″ (recommended for vibrant colors) • Template to trace, approx. 2.75″ in diameter • White crayons • Liquid watercolors DIRECTIONS … Read More

Quilling Snowflakes with Bread Ties

Quilling is an art form that involves rolling, and gluing strips of paper together to create decorative designs. If you use bread ties instead, the curl stays and thus easier to glue too. MATERIALS • Craft sticks, regular size • Craft glue • Bread ties, white • Pencil • Magnetic strips (optional) DIRECTIONS 1. Students make a craft stick board by gluing 11 sticks across two back sticks. Let sticks dry while the curls … Read More

Draw a Framed Bear

Here’s a super easy way to draw a frame on your artwork with this fun, precut paper. Add a few swirly black lines and you have a wood grain look that adds a nice finish to any drawing inside. I would like to add that I was recently sampled a Crayola Class Pack of colored pencils by Oriental Trading Company, which I used to color in this bear. You can see that the colors … Read More

Watercolor Resist Snowflake Art

This watercolor resist snowflake art is easy to create with laser-cut wood decorations that are found at craft stores. They make perfect crayon rubbing material because they are so decorative, yet perfectly flat. SUPPLIES • Multimedia Paper • Wooden Laser Cut Snowflakes • Chipboard, about 8″ x 10″ sheet for each snowflake • Craft glue • White crayon • Blue Liquid Watercolor Paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Glue each snowflake to a sheet of chipboard with … Read More

Scratch Art with Oil Pastels

Making scratch art with oil pastels can be rather basic, but have you tried making different color combos on one piece of art? Or coloring three layers to see what happens? Many different textures are possible, including this fuzzy-looking mitten. Please note that I used Portfolio pastels, which are really soft and rich in color. I cannot vouch for other brands at the moment. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Ruler • Oil pastels, I … Read More

Clay Snowman

This clay snowman is made with holes in his body so real twigs can be inserted when he (or she) is finished. I’ve learned to really appreciate white ceramic projects as they are so forgiving for young artists. Any spots in the ceramic finish don’t show up nearly as much as darker colors do. MATERIAL • Ceramic Clay • Old container and water • Scratching tool • Ceramic glaze: white, black, orange • Kiln … Read More

Draw Santa’s Face

Looking for an easy way to draw Santa’s face? If so, here’s a simple approach drawing just his head. And if you work on brown kraft paper, you will get a nice old-fashioned look, along with the chance to color a nice white beard and fuzzy hat brim. • View and download Santa PDF Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Santa tutorial • Drawing paper (my sample used brown kraft paper) • Black marker … Read More

Snowy Winter Tree Painting

For this snowy winter tree painting, students have the chance to just focus on the branches without any worries about leaves. Studying their basic structure will help them draw more realistically. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing “Y Trees” before but this time it’s with a winter theme. • View How to Draw a “Y” Tree MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil Pastel, black • Oil Pastel, blue • Tempera paint, white   … Read More

Sharpie Trees Winter Landscape

Here is a Sharpie Winter Landscape project that works well for a wide range of students. The black permanent marker allows for liberal painting over the trees, and the white marker creates easy dots of snow to finish things off. • View and download Winter Landscape Tutorial MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Liquid watercolor paint, blue and black • White Sharpie paint marker, water-based DIRECTIONS 1. Draw the landscape according … Read More

Draw a Polar Bear

Here is a very simple but very cute way to draw a polar bear. He is made of just a few simple, symmetrical shapes, but if you arrange them the way I have shown, they make an unmistakable bear. • View and download Polar Bear Tutorial MATERIALS • Color print of Polar Bear tutorial for each student • Drawing paper • Sharpie black marker • Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print guide lines on drawing paper … Read More

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