Lessons

Art

THOUGHTS ABOUT ART 

Yes! You Can Learn to Draw 

Why Should Children Learn to Draw? 

A Christian View of Art 

Why You Need More Art in Your Life and 5 Ways to Get it by Michael Hyatt

You Can Learn to Draw Portraits by Jason of Eclectic Asylum Art (Video)

 

JUST FOR KIDS

Preschool Ideas  

Coloring Pages

Drawing Dot to Dot

Preschool Art Activities

 

Art Projects 

Painting a Sunset in Watercolor

Painting an Underwater Scene – Watercolors (Part 1) 

Painting an Underwater Scene – Watercolors (Part 2)

 

Classroom Projects

How to Start a Nature Journal

Self-Portrait Project 

Contour Hand Drawing

 

DRAWING

Introduction to Drawing in Pencil

Choosing Drawing Paper 

All About Drawing Pencils 

What to Know About Erasers

What is a Tortillon? 

Start Drawing!

Preparing Your Drawing Surface

Keeping Your Drawing Paper Clean 

Drawing with Shapes and Lines

Measuring for Proportion

Drawing Symmetrical Objects

Using a Tortillon or Stump

Drawing Animals

Drawing a Still Life

Drawing People in Action (Part 1)

Drawing People in Action (Part 2)

10 Tips for Drawing a Face 

Drawing Using a Grid

Contour Drawing

Drawing Upside Down

Gesture Drawing

Drawing from Photographs

How to Transfer an Image

Using a Value Scale

Using a Wooden Manikin

Eighteen Tips for Drawing 

Thumbnail Drawings

**NEW! How to Draw Hair (Video)

**NEW! How to Draw a Sleeping Cat (Video) 

 

MORE DRAWING TIPS 

How to Draw Braids by Baylee Jae (Video)

Erasing Woes by Michael Goldstein (Video)

How to Draw Hands by Mark Crilley (Video)

 

DRAWING IN STEPS

Bear

Chickadee 

The Crow and the Pitcher

 Dog

Eagle

Gecko 

Horse

Foal

Palm Tree

Penguin 

Rose Bud  (Video)

Swan 

 T-Rex 

Wolf

 

PEN

All About Art Pens 

Basic Techniques

Drawing Animals in Pen and Ink 

Landscapes in Pen and Ink 

Christmas Cards in Pen and Ink

Creating with Line and Wash

 

SCRATCHBOARD

Introduction to Scratchboard 

 

 COLORED PENCILS

Using Colored Pencils

Beginning Techniques

 

MORE COLORED PENCIL TIPS 

Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils Tips and Techniques by Blick Art Supplies (Video)

12 Colored Pencil Tips by The Virtual Instructor (Video)

 

PASTELS

Introduction to Soft Pastels 

Using Fixative for Pastels 

Drawing an Object with Soft Pastels

Using Pastel Pencils

Using Oil Pastels 

Using Conte Crayons 

 


WATERCOLOR

Introduction to Watercolors 

Choosing Watercolor Paper 

Choosing Watercolor Brushes 

Preparing to Paint

Creating a Color Wheel

Color and Value

Painting Clouds in Watercolor

Using Masking Fluid

Working with Gouache

Using Watercolor Pencils

Creating with Line and Wash

 

MORE WATERCOLOR TIPS

Painting Trees in Watercolor and Pen and Ink by Claudia Nice (Video)

Loose Roses in Watercolor by Deb Watson (Video)

How to Make a Simple Watercolor Field Easel by Steve Mitchell (Video)

How to Paint an Eye by Tom Fleming (Video)

Watercolor Splatter Painting by Cody David (Video)

How to Use Salt with Watercolors by Tom Fleming (Video)

5 Beginner Watercolor Mistakes by Jennifer Branch (Video)

Uses for Masking Fluid by Rob Dudley (Video)

Watercolor Pencil Tutorial – Poppy by Dion Doir

Watercolor Pencils Tips and Techniques by Blick Art Supplies (Video)

Understanding Color by Quill.com

 

ACRYLICS 

Introduction to Acrylics 

Splatter Painting

 

MORE ACRYLIC TIPS 

 Painting a Waterfall with Wilson Bickford (Video)

How to Paint Fire by Tom Fleming (Video)

Painting Clouds in Acrylics by Jerry Yarnell (Video)

Painting Backgrounds with Colored Gesso by Joe DiGiulio (Video)

How to Paint Believable Water  by Mike Rooney (Video)

 

OILS 

How to Begin a Landscape Painting in Oils by Dick Ensing (Video)

Adding Color to a Landscape in Oils – Part 1 by Dick Ensing (Video)

 Painting a Waterfall with Wilson Bickford (Video)

Painting Backgrounds with Colored Gesso by Joe DiGiulio (Video)

How to Paint Believable Water by Mike Rooney (Video)

How to Paint Believable Rocks by Wilson Bickford (Video)



CRAFTS

SCULPEY 

Marbled Bowls 

Ornaments from Sculpey

 

ILLUSTRATION

Creating Thumbnail Drawings 

Illustrating Cathy’s Animal Garden 

Illustrating Firefly Night 

 

 

Writing

Your Words 

My Inspirational Hero by Lakshudha, India

Beautiful Spring by Srishti, USA

 

 Writing With Kids

Advertise It! 

Brainstorming: A Big Pot of Soup

Brainstorming Thanksgiving 

Build-a-Character

How to Start a Nature Journal 

Pass the Story 

Telephone Pictionary 

 

Writing Tips

How to Start a Nature Journal 

Watching Out for Repeat Offenders

 

Writing For Children 

I’ve Written a Children’s Story. Now What? 

10 Things NOT to Do When Writing a Picture Book

 

 

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