If you are looking for simple drawings for kids to copy, try sharing this “Jazzy Cat” painting. One of my students, Zack, was inspired to make this adorable drawing.
I think it’s up there with my all time faves drawings by kids, and is even included in my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book on Amazon.
The secret to having this come out so rich with color? Start with fingerpaint paper. It’s best with the simplest of drawings as erasing pencil lines is a little tough, but once you get to the tracing and coloring, it more than makes up for it. The coated paper makes the color slide on and keep a rich, shiny look.
If you really want to try the top end, try Sharpie Brush Markers*. The price may be too much for a classroom budget, but would make a special treat for budding artists. There’s something so soothing about spreading color with them.
- Finger paint paper*
- Black Sharpie, chisel tip*
- Red Sharpie, chisel tip or brush tip*
- Assorted Sharpie colors, optional
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- Start by drawing a foreground cat with a simple face and add shoulders below. Add another cat behind, with simple shoulders, and continue until the page is full. (Note: This art was drawn on coated paper, similar to slippery finger painting paper. The marker color just looks much richer on it.)
- Trace all the lines with a thick black Sharpie marker. Challenge students to keep things mostly black and white so there will be lots of contrast.
- Fill in the background with one chisel tip Sharpie marker, taking care to leave no spots.
Layered Watercolor Cats
- Download Cat head PDF template
- Watercolor paper*
- Black Sharpie marker
- Liquid watercolor paint*
- Prep: Trace cat head onto chipboard and cut a copy for each student. It makes it much easier to trace.
- Students trace cat heads on their paper, rotating and leaving space in between.
- Cat bodies are drawn below each head.
- The cat is traced with a black Sharpie marker.
- Students use crayons to draw whiskers and strips on each cat.
- The cats are painted with liquid watercolor paint