Jul 28, 2014

Draw a Purple Dragon Head

Here’s a tutorial for drawing a profile of a dragon head. A print friendly PDF may be downloaded HERE.
1. Follow the steps on my handout to make the drawing shown.
2. Trace the lines with a black marker.
3. Color the picture as desired with crayons or colored pencils.

Jul 27, 2014

Ceramic Fish

This fish could be made with many different types of clay. I am partial to ceramics and the layering of color.
1. Students roll a lump of clay into a smooth ball. They keep rubbing water on it to soften it. The ball is flattened into a circle. It should be about the thickness of a pancake and easy to bend.
2. The pancake then is folded in half with just the edges pinched together on one side. There should be an opening which will turn into the mouth.
3. With the pinched seam on the top, the back end is flattened and cut into a tail shape with a tool.
4. Lastly, eyes and teeth may be added to the face. Just be sure to have the students score any surfaces that they are connecting. In other words, they need to scratch the surface to make sure details stick together. Clay will shrink when it dries so smooth edges tend to come apart.
5. After drying and bisque firing, this fish was painted with two different layers and colors of glaze.

Giant Sheet of Paper Mural

You can make a GIANT size sheet of ruled school paper that is fun for quick art shows, bulletin boards or many other activities. Just print the pages, cut and tape them together, and you’ll be good for all kinds of giant-sized fun. My sample shows what a 4″ square Post It Note art show might look like.
PDF FILE INCLUDES:
• Nine-page Mural, measures 24″ x 32″
• Sixteen-page Mural, measures 32″ x 40″
• Post It Art Sample Page (for inspiration)
• Single page Mural (good for large scale printing at Staples)
You can download and purchase my mural for $5 at my PDF Shop.

Jul 26, 2014

Draw an Ankylosaurus

 Here’s a tutorial for drawing a Ankylosaurus. A print friendly PDF may be downloaded HERE.
1. Follow the steps on my handout to make the drawing shown.
2. Trace the lines with a black marker.
3. Color the picture as desired with crayons or colored pencils.

Jul 25, 2014

Sunflower Journal Page

It’s so much fun to browse art journal pages over on Pinterest. I found a really inspiring page by Dion Dior HERE, which i just simplified a bit for my elementary students.
1. Start with quarter circle templates (I cut mine from old cereal boxes). Place on one side of spine and trace, flip and trace again.
2. First draw the center petal spines extending from the center of the flower. Add the curved lines to the side of each. Add extra petals to fill in any spaces. Trace all the lines with a black Sharpie marker.
3. Color the center of the flower with a brown crayon, the bottom of the petals orange, and the tips yellow. Press hard to make the color very bright. I like the twistable Crayola crayons as they seem to make more vibrant colors.
4. Write the word “Sunflower” in white crayon across the pages.
5. Paint the page with watercolor paint. If you like my blue, it’s my favorite Turquoise Blue from Dick Blick.

Jul 24, 2014

Draw a Megalodon Shark

The word Megalodon means “Big Tooth”. How big you might ask? How about 7" long!  These were the largest and most dangerous killer sharks to ever live on earth, and you can download a drawing tutorial for this guy HERE.