How to Draw a Bat Tutorial

This bat drawing worked really well for me last week with 1st through 4th graders. Short and fat or tall and thin, they all were very cute! I thought I’d try this new format of extra large tutorial diagrams. Let me know if it helps for reading on smart phones, tablets, etc.





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Kid’s Art from Michigan

This beautiful butterfly was made by the first grade students of Stephanie Hanel, K-12 Art Teacher, Wolverine, MI. Thanks Stephanie!
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Kid’s Art from Kentucky

Thanks to Dana for sending in this beautiful apple drawn by her 12-year old daughter Delaney. It’s really an amazing picture Delaney, and I hope you continue with your art as you are obviously very talented!
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Kid’s Art from Ireland

This amazing giraffe was created by “Miss Garvey’s Senior Infants, Cork, Ireland”. Thank you Miss Garvey!
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Kid’s Art from Maine

Kathy,
My husband and I teach in a one room school house on an island off the coast of Maine. I have found your blog indispensable in teaching art this year to our k-8 students. We have done so many of your wonderful lessons that it was hard to choose just one to share! Thank you so much for your informative, inspirational and beautiful blog!

Michelle and Doug Finn
Frenchboro School
Frenchboro, Maine
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Kid’s Art from Pennsylvania

Hi Kathy, I love your blog. I'm an elementary art teacher and often use ideas from your great site. I also have a blog called Oodles of Art Projects. (OodlesOfArt.blogspot.com). I used your Rousseau lesson and changed it up a little bit, and the kids LOVED it. I taught it to first grade. Here are two pictures. One is from our art show with them all hanging, and the other is of an individual picture.
Thanks for your consideration,
Katie Balla Art Teacher K-4,
Octorara Area School District-PA
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Kid’s Art from Washington

This Starry Night Mural comes from Angel Reuther, First Class Clark County West Homeschool Co-op,
Vancouver, WA. Thanks for sharing your work, Angel!

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Kid’s Art from Oregon

From Bonnie Whitehurst who teaches art at Willamette Christian School in Turner, Oregon. Thanks for sharing Bonnie!



























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Kid’s Art from Ohio

Hi Kathy,

Thank you for sharing your expertise and wonderful examples online. What a fantastic resource! I have attached a few Pre-K pieces inspired by your Jasper Johns example. The project was a wonderful way to integrate math and art. The children had a fabulous time working on this one. Thank you.

Courtney Jones
Columbus,OH
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Kid’s Art from Missouri

What can you say other than this is one super-hot butterfly, made by Nellie Mitchell’s students in Joplin, Missouri. Thanks for sharing it Nellie!
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Kid’s Art from Arizona

This art comes from Stephanie Wentzlaff, and the students at Family of God Lutheran Elementary School in Fort Mohave, Arizona. They made really beautiful collages – thanks Stephanie!
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Alphabet Template



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Father’s Day Scratch Art Picture

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Kid’s Art from Tennessee

Thanks to Kelly Lynman, Art Teacher at Cornerstone Academy in Tenneessee for sending in her student’s butterfly. I love the colored letters! You can see more of their art at:
www.iamanartistca.blogspot.com
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Kid’s Art from Australia

This art comes all the way from Australia. A year one class ages 6-8 years old made these really beautiful fish. I love the cut out patterns – will have to try that some day myself. Thanks to their teacher Heather for sending this in!
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Last Supper Diagram

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Kiss

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Still Life Flower Diagram



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Herd Template

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Kid’s Art from Australia

This beautiful Picasso drawing comes from 8 yr. old Mikayla who lives in Australia. It’s really good Mikayla – I hope you continue to draw because I know some 5th graders who would love to be able to draw the way you do!
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Matisse



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Kid’s Art from Canada

This adorable painting comes from Kelly Cannon’s 2nd grade class in New Westminster, B.C. It looks like a family of fuzzy black cats, sitting in a field of perfect heart flowers. Great job – kudos to the artist!
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Great Warrior Mural

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Cezanne Meets Matisse

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Nutcracker Diagram

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Rothko

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Kid’s Art from Florida

This art comes from two 9-year old girls in central Florida who made Summer Art booklets. They are beautiful girls, and I hope make many more!
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Kid’s Art from Texas

Thanks to Sandra for sending in some of her classroom art from Texas. There’s the DeMuth Abstract Numbers (5th graders), Miro Painting (also a 5th grader), and a couple of the butterflies (from kindergarten classes). They all look great Sandra, congratulations to you and your students!
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Comic Book Diagram

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Kid's Art from California

This Starry Night Mural comes from Debbie Wilderson’s 2nd grade class at Willow Glen School in Visalia, CA. They created this amazing display for their Open House. Congratulations kids – it’s really a masterpiece!
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Kid’s Art from Florida

Thanks to Sue from Ocala, FL for sending in her daughter’s kimono art. It’s a really beautiful and amazing work of art done by her home schooled 3rd grader. Thanks for sharing!
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Abstract Flower




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Kid’s Art from Australia

Two homeschooling families from Bendigo, a country town in the state of Victoria, Australia get together about once a week to make art. Their group includes a four-year old, a six-year old, 2 eight-year olds and 2 ten-year olds. Thanks to Nettie for sending in a sample of their abstract Paul Klee artwork – it really looks great kids!
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"The Scream" Diagram

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Earth Day 2012 Mural Diagram


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George Washington Mural Diagram

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Drawing Class Tips

I’ve been holding afterschool drawing classes for a few semesters now, and I’d love to share a few things that seem to be working pretty well. Whether you’re looking for extra income or just volunteer ideas, here’s what might help you run your own class, should you be interested.
1. I start with a quick exercise using just paper, pencil and some small plastic toys like these. The students have just a minute to slowly draw only the outside edge. When finished, they trade with their neighbor and draw that one also. They are to work slowly, noticing details are what make a good artist better.
2. My students are mostly kinder and 1st grade, so I proceed with a simple follow along drawing on the board. I've found books and websites like this and this, which start drawings with familiar shapes (oval, square, rectangle, etc.) work the best.
3. When the drawings are complete, they are traced with a black marker and then colored in with crayons. My favorite are the Crayola Twistables as they have no wrappers to peel.
4. When finished, students keep all their drawings in a professional portfolio. I’m happy to have found this ITOYO book which is pretty inexpensive when you order a 12-page version. It keeps the art protected, and lets the students proudly show off their work.
5. My class meets for an hour right after school once a week. To fill in any extra time waiting for parents, students may use Prang Metallic Markers on the portfolio cover to personalize them. These markers are permanent and look amazing on the black plastic.
Thanks so much to Lara A., a talented 1st grader, who allowed me to share her beautiful car and rooster drawing shown above.
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Creative Writing Template

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Ode to Diego Rivera Mural Template


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How to Paint a Clown Fish

I’m finding that I really like black Sharpies for tracing when it comes to painting with young students, like kinder and 1st grade. They just have a little trouble sometimes, tracing heavily enough with crayons to cover the pencil lines.
1. Draw in pencil a wide oval in the middle of a 9" x 12" sheet of watercolor paper. Six vertical lines are added as shown, which become the three white stripes on the fish.
2. A tail is drawn and two sets of fins between the stripes. 
3. The remaining face and side fin details are added.
4. Lots of tube-like sea plants may extend up from the bottom of the paper. Baby fish and princess crowns are optional.
5. The fish is traced with a black permanent marker and then painted with watercolors. My class used Dick Blick Liquid Watercolors and the bright colors really made them all turn out wonderfully.
Thanks to Neariah, a talented 1st grader who made this amazing painting.
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Impressionists Mini Mural Diagram





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“Stained Glass” Holiday Candle

 I’ve found that a candle theme works well for the holidays as so many religions celebrate with them. This is simply drawing candles and then breaking up the background for a faux stained glass look.
1. The students drew one candle in the middle of their 8" x 11" white paper, and then one on either side. The flame was circled for the “glow” and then the background was divided into sections using many different diagonal lines that extended across the paper.
2. Students used a thick black Sharpie to trace all their pencil lines.
3. The candles were colored as desired with oil pastels. The flame needed to colored a “hot” color, and the ring around them yellow, but the other shapes could be whatever they wanted.
4. When complete, the pastel drawing was glued to a 9" x 12" sheet of black paper.
Thanks to Kevin M., a talented 1st grader who has allowed me to share his art with my readers. Keep drawing and coloring Kevin!
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Kid’s Art from Arkansas

Thanks to Andrea Ratcliff from Monticello Elementary School in Arkansas who sent in Colorful Spiderwebs from her 1st and 2nd graders. I love all the bright pastel colors that her students used, without mixing them together too much. Super job kids!
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Klee Diagram

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Gingerbread Man Drawing

My graphic design days taught me that simple shapes take on much more interest when cropped or positioned in unusual ways. This gingerbread man has a lot more personality when large and peeking in from a corner, as opposed to small and standing in the middle of a paper.
1. I gave my students an 8.5" x 11" sheet of white cardstock paper and a 4" circle to trace for the G. man’s face. They placed it in the center, somewhat near the top and traced. A simple body was drawn under it, tilted to the side of the paper. Decorations were added as desired.
2. When the drawing was complete, all the lines were traced with a black Sharpie marker.
3. The G. man was colored in with oil pastels. Older students added slight shadows to some of the decorations with a gray pastel.
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Dino Plaster Casts

This was a big hit, and I think I worked out a system where 20 to 30 casts could be poured in about 50 minutes without any tears ... especially mine!
1. Give each student a square of heavy cardboard (about 6" ), a ball of clay (about 4" diam.) and a toy dinosaur (I had saved all of my son’s). They will also need a ring that is made from cutting an 11" x 3" strip from posterboard or similar, overlapping the ends and stapling it together.
2. Each student needs to soften the clay, make a ball, and then press it on their desk to make a thick pancake. They keep turning and pressing it until it is wider that the posterboard ring.
3. The students use the toy to make a deep impression in the clay and then place the clay on the square cardboard. The ring is centered over the clay and pressed all the way down. At this point the students are allowed to peel off and play with the extra outside clay while they wait for their plaster pouring.
4. I set myself up a mixing station by the sink, and mixed batches of plaster in a large plastic container. You need something that holds about 6 cups of plaster. Add water and stir, stir, stir, until it looks like pudding. Pour plaster into each students mold until you think about a generous 1" think layer is formed. Have extra containers to switch to as the plaster will start setting.
5. The plaster needs to dry at least an hour or so. The outer paper ring is then torn off and the clay removed to reveal the plaster cast. Paint with very watery brown paint to make it look like a real rock.
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Faith Ringgold Flag Template

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An APFK Butterfly in Haiti

I recently received this amazing email:

Hi Kathy,
As a fellow art teacher and a fan of your fabulous blog, I wanted to share with you some pics of where the butterfly mural that I'd downloaded from your blog has been. A group of five woman (myself included) raised funds to buy art supplies to bring to kids in Haiti as a creative outlet and a form of stress relief in hospitals, tent cities, orphanages and schools in the Port au Prince area. We raised almost $8000 and brought with us 350 lbs. of art supplies, medicine, donated clothing and hand sanitizer, we spent 8 days creating art everywhere we went. I designed the art projects that we would create throughout the week at all of our various locations and I thought that your butterfly mural would be great for kids of any age and would brighten any room. So a butterfly mural now lives at the MediShare pediatric ward and at the Angels of Light Orphanage in Port au Prince Haiti. The kids loved coloring them in and they looked beautiful on the walls. We actually are planning on going back again in August because our program was so well received and we couldn't get to all of the places that requested us... If you'd like to see more pics of what we did there, our art projects or more about our group "Hope art", please check out our blog and Facebook page at:
enjoy and thanks for b n cr8iv,
-Jenni Ward
earth art studio

The email actually kick started a lot of conversations and to make a long story short, I am going to join these amazing women on their next trip to Haiti this August!! I couldn’t be more excited about taking this on and being able to help those who have had more than their fair share of struggles. If you would like to donate to this cause, please click HERE. Thank you and much more to come...
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Ode to Jim Dine Diagram

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