how to draw animals

Draw four adorable animals with a Valentine’s Day themes. These 4 how to videos include how to draw a bunny, panda, fox and puppy. In an attempt to introduce younger students to printing, reinforce the elements of art, work on our fine motor skills and spread a little LOOOOOVE, Cassie Stephens created a series of […]

Valentine's Day Art Project

A fun and colorful Valentine’s Day Art Project using Faber-Castell Oil Pastels. Kids can create adorable Candy Hearts with personalized messages for Valentine’s Day.   Supplies: 12” X 18” watercolor or heavy stock paper. Because you’ll be using baby oil, thin paper will not work. Oil pastels Baby oil Q-tips Heart-shaped templates (Not necessary but helpful) Step […]

Today we have a sweet Valentine’s Day craft that is suitable for ages 5 and up. And these “Love Bugs” are fun and easy to make, too! You’ll want to make one for everyone in you family. You’ll need: 1 1/2 inches styrofoam ball tissue paper (recycled is ok) white glue or decoupage pom pom paintbrush […]

Art Shapes Lesson

Kids will LOVE this Art of Shapes Lesson plan for Valentine’s Day! In this project, students are introduced to several works of contemporary art associated with shapes, and make a piece of their own art inspired by Jim Dine’s famous heart motif. Grade Level: 1st – 4th grade Objective: Time Required: 2 45-min. class periods […]

Valentine's Day Art Project

  Grade Level: Kinder – 6th grade   Time Required: 1-1/2 45-min. class periods   Objective: Students identify the people, moments, memories, places and things that are important to them. They then create artwork expressing their ideas in a heart painting.     Materials: Connector Paint Box/brush DuoTip Black Marker Watercolor Pad 9 x12   […]

Chinese New Year Art

Learn about the Chinese New Year with this colorful and inspiring art project! Students enjoy reading a fun chapter book surrounding the Chinese New Year, and create an exciting watercolor painting of the culture’s legendary symbol. Materials: Faber-Castell Connector Paint Box Brushes – round and flat Pencils Black pen Faber-Castell 9×12 Watercolor Paper Table salt Grade […]

Eric Carle Artwork Lesson

A lesson plan for students based on the artwork of writer and artist, Eric Carle. Dream Snow is a book by Eric Carle. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the artist and writer Eric Carle, and then design a piece of art using his graphic collage style and method. National Core Arts Standards […]

Gather your supplies, because today we are going to make adorable “peppermint stripe” paper ornaments! We used glitter paper, but you could just as easily use red and white construction paper instead. If you are doing this project with a group, you could pre-cut the strips and punch the holes so that it can be […]

harvest napkin rings made with dried beans and recycled cardboard!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and what holiday table doesn’t need a little handmade touch? Today I’ll show you how to make harvest napkin rings, using items you probably already have in your pantry!  Here’s what you’ll need: recycled cardboard, like cereal boxes paper tube from paper towels or toilet paper paper fasteners scissors […]

Haunted House Art Project

This Halloween art lesson is inspired by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  Halloween Art Lesson Objective: Students become acquainted with Hundertwasser’s art and architecture, then create a Hundertwasser-inspired haunted house in the spirit of Halloween. National Core Arts Standards Creating: #1, 2, 3 Presenting/Producing: #5 Responding: #7,9 Connecting: #11 http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/ Materials: Faber-Castell Oil Pastels or Faber-Castell Beeswax Crayons Pencil Brush […]

I love Halloween- it’s a chance to get silly AND spooky! With these spider bookmarks, you can hold your place AND make a craft that is sure to be a hit. It’s perfect for our friends with food allergies who might not get to enjoy trick-or-treating. You’ll need the following supplies: jumbo craft sticks acrylic […]

Texture Art Lesson

This texture art lesson plan teaches students to create texture art through the use of a variety of line work and painting effects on their own image of a Great Horned Owl.   “For one minute, three minutes, maybe even a hundred minutes, we stared at one another.”   OWL MOON by Jane Yolen, illustrated by […]

The Dot Lesson Plan

International Dot Day, a celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. THE DOT, by Peter Reynolds, 2003 This lesson plan celebrates International Dot Day with a student art exhibition based on the color study Farbstudie Quadrate, by the French Expressionist, Wassily Kandinsky, well known for his color theory. In honor of The Dot, students are introduced […]

Back to school is a bittersweet time- the end of summer but the start of a new school year. Pick yourself up by making this “Tie-Dye” style notebook. What makes it great is that you don’t really need tie-dyeing supplies- and we avoid the mess by using tissue paper and shelf liner! Here’s what you […]

It’s the throes of summer and we are thinking today of the SEA! Can’t get to the ocean? Well, neither can we. But we CAN make a fun jellyfish craft using recycled materials. Most of the items you’ll need can be found around the house- even in the recycle bin! Just make sure all of […]

Inspire Creative Thinking

Kids are naturally creative and rarely encounter difficulty generating new ideas. Unfortunately, however, as we grow into adulthood our minds swirl with life, chores, work and everything in-between, which often squashes our opportunities for creative thinking. It even can seem that we’ve lost our natural ability to be creative. The good news is that your […]

DIY Shaving Cream Paint and Book Tutorial

How about some messy fun today? Did you know that you can make your own paint with only TWO ingredients- shaving cream and food coloring!  All you need for the paint is: shaving cream (and bonus- you can pick the scent you like!) standard kitchen food colors plastic cups – one for each color you […]

Boredom Makes Kids Successful

Boredom gets kids to use their imaginations. Everyone reading this article is familiar with boredom. It can gnaw at you and stretch out each minute of the clock. It makes you want to leave wherever you are and go someplace else ― anyplace else. Of course, it’s natural for parents to want to reduce their […]

Outdoor Chalk Art

The world is your canvas with Outdoor Chalk Art! Fun for outside, these super vibrant chalks will make your sidewalk sing! This Outdoor Chalk Art kit includes everything you need for hours of chalking fun; 12 bright chunky chalks, kneeling cushion, no pinch chalk grips, and blending tools. Get your friends and create! What to […]

Birthday Puzzle Card using paper napkins and craft sticks. 3-minute video shows you how!

It’s a fact- kids get asked to a LOT of birthday parties. And usually that means making or buying a card and a gift. Well this is a two-in-one- both a card AND a gift! And kiddos ages 7-13 will really enjoy making this for their friends or family birthdays! To make the Birthday Puzzle […]