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.

Jul 23, 2014

Draw a Velociraptor

Here’s a tutorial for drawing a Velociraptor. 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.

Coming Soon – Brand New Look!

I am very excited to announce that my blog will soon have a brand new look! It’s officially turning into a website that will still include my daily blog, but will have room for many other features, such as slide shows, galleries and more. My store will look the same, but there will be many more easy ways to view all my content. Menus with submenus are the best way to find exactly what you want.

If you’d like to get my daily updates via email, I recommend using the Bloglovin’ button. And if you’d like to get a newsletter that will be starting next month, that sign up is there as well. Thank you and please let me know if you have any question. Here’s the site that will soon live at artprojectsforkids.org.

Jul 22, 2014

NEW! Recycled Art Journal Book 2

I am happy to make my second set of Recycled Art Journal projects available in this new ebook. Each project is designed for the 6″ x 9″ format (see Recycled Art Journal Book 1) and is written for students to follow to complete the project. Some projects are based on the work of famous artists, two use Common Core math standards, and the rest make use of art standards that are appropriate for 2nd – 5th graders. Ten art lessons included in PDF file are:
  • Romero Britto Cat
  • Frank Stella Drawing
  • Layered Landscape
  • The White House
  • Marbles in Space
  • Country Barn
  • Klimt Watercolor Tree
  • 3D City Buildings
  • Cut & Tear Buildings
  • Mark Rothko Painting
This ebook may be found at my PDF Shop, and purchased and downloaded for just $5.

Back to School Portrait

Drawing stick people is usually a no-no for older students that are capable of doing more, but I’m thinking it might be fun to make them a starting point for this self-portrait, for the first art class of the year.
1. Students draw themselves in the simplest form, lines for arms and legs, simple shapes for clothes.
2. The lines are traced with a black Sharpie, and traced again to make them thick.
3. Students use a crayon to color in zig-zag format around the entire body. The process is repeated with a different color until the paper is filled up. The inside body is to remain white to create contrast with the background.

Jul 21, 2014

Recycled Art Journal Book 1

My favorite idea from last year was creating an inexpensive journal system for over 400 students. They provided old cereal boxes for covers, the school provided book rings and I provided the 9" x 12" drawing paper and 2-hole punch. Students would work on 6" x 9" papers each week, and add it to their book when finished. It kept papers organized, created a nice portfolio, and had a lot more completed work than ever before. If you would like all these pages in one convenient file, just visit my PDF Shop HERE.

Here’s an overview of the 12 art lessons pages:
• Six Art Elements lessons: Line, Shape/Form, Space, Color, Value, Texture
• Six lessons inspired by artists: Delaunay, Robert Indiana, Matisse, Magritte, Mondrian, Picasso