Dandelion Painting
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This dandelion painting uses bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking out a puffy white flower. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Paint brush and water • Ultra … Read More

Metal Tooling Mask
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Students made mini masks in my last metal tooling class and this 2nd grader, Megan B., did an exceptional job. MATERIALS • Water based markers • Felt, approx. 7″ x 6″ rectangles … Read More

Metal Tooling Fish
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I’m trying a Metal Tooling class after school, and was happy with how this turned out, especially as I had quite a few kinders. Templates helped every one get started with a … Read More

Layla’s Mini Canvas Cat
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This marvelous Sharpie marker cat painting was created in my after school Mini Canvas Class today, by a first grader named Layla. I love the lopsided eye, crazy palette, and precise coloring … Read More

My Sharpie Book
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So I have a pretty cool announcement to make, I’ve been moonlighting a bit and have written my first art book! Last summer Quarry Books contacted me and asked if I would … Read More

Painting a Peacock
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I loved this approach to painting a peacock as soon as I saw it at That Artist Woman’s blog. I think the sweetness comes from the fact that you can easily see the face … Read More

Green Monsters
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When you inspire young artists with the classic “Where the Wild Things Are” book, you get some really fun and childlike paintings. MATERIALS • Drawing or multi-media paper, 9″ x 12″ or … Read More

Sharpie Scribble LOVE
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How about making it “Opposite Day” in art class, one where scribbling is not only allowed, but encouraged? This lesson could tie in Jasper Johns for his textured letter paintings, or Robert … Read More

Sonia Delaunay Circles
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My goal for this Sonia Delaunay Circle project was to have the students learn that if they used repeating shapes and colors in their art, they could create a very rhythmic picture. … Read More

Favorite Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not do without are Sharpie markers, because they make such vivid colors on … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns
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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The … Read More

Sharpie Foil Magnets
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If you are like me and never threw away the rejected magnets from school art fundraisers, here’s one idea for giving them a second life. Materials: • Old magnets • Aluminum foil, … Read More

Sharpie Marker Alphabet
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Here’s my 2nd grader’s group project for our school’s silent auction. Each student was assigned a letter and made it as fancy and colorful as could be. I decoupaged it to a … Read More

Sharpies and Fabric
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Here’s a really cool looking project that takes just a few ordinary supplies: cotton knit fabric, permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. The ideal match is with tshirts, but if that is difficult … Read More

Tape and Sharpie Skyline
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Black masking tape is used to first create super straight sides to city buildings. The fronts and windows are drawn in afterwards. Materials: • Finger paint paper • Black art tape, 3/4″ … Read More

Sharpie Portraits on Canvas
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This is my go-to project for art fundraisers. I’ve shared finished canvases before, but never a full tutorial, so here you go! The process is pretty simple once you understand it, and … Read More

Sharpie and Acetate Pattern Leaf
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Coloring with Brush Sharpie Markers on acetate is pure pleasure, the color just glides on. The only catch is that colors can smudge when they touch, especially with black. My solution is … Read More

Mini Canvas Art
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You just can’t beat the color and precision you get when you make a mini canvas art with a brush Sharpie. They actually work a lot like paint, in that they do … Read More

Tissue Paper Fall Leaves
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These are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint. Materials: • Tissue paper, non-bleeding variety • White card stock paper … Read More

CD Mandala
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This mandala art project is an abstract design that uses a circular form. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one center point from which radiate an assortment … Read More

My Favorite Art Supplies
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I’ve often been asked what my favorite art supplies are, so I thought this might be a good time to make a list. For now, these are some of the supplies I … Read More

Delaunay Marker Drawing
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My goal for this Sonia Delaunay Marker Drawing was to have the students learn that if they used repeating shapes and colors in their art, they could create a very rhythmic picture. … Read More

Art Projects for Kids