Students draw and color a panda face and bamboo
using a circle pattern, pencils, pens, and colored
pencils or markers.
This lesson teaches interesting and fun facts about
pandas and discusses their natural habitat and legal
protections for them since they are an endangered
The lesson demonstrates how to color effectively
with colored pencils.
time 58 Minutes
Students color or paint a beautiful desert scene
with saguaro and prickly pear cacti using colored
pencils or watercolors.
This lesson teaches interesting facts about the
It also discusses artistic principles such as overlapping,
warm and cool colors, fore, middle and background,
and arranging objects to unify a picture. The lesson
demonstrates painting with water colors.
time 50 minutes
Students draw and paint an Autumn
tree using pencils, pens and water colors.
In this lesson two different ways
of painting the trees are demonstrated. The foliage
is painted with dots for younger children, and free
form color for older students.
The lesson reviews painting with water colors, painting
the sky and warm fall colors.
time 46 Minutes
Students draw and color a gingerbread house using
pencils, pens and colored pencils or crayons.
In this lesson two different ways of drawing the
houses are demonstrated. For younger children there
is a simple front view and for third graders and
older, a three dimensional view.
The lesson discusses straight lines, curving lines,
parallel lines and perspective, encourages students
to compare the height of the roof area to the height
of the bottom section of the house, and demonstrates
shading the snow and putting a shine on the candy.
The lesson also briefly relates the
fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel.
time 54 Minutes
Students draw and color a leprechaun using two circle
patterns, pencils, pens and colored pencils or crayons.
Students turn two circles into a fun leprechaun
with a happy or cranky expression on his face. They
add arms, legs, beards, hats, shoes and clothes,
keeping in mind realistic proportions (as realistic
as can be for a leprechaun).
The lesson discusses leprechauns; what they look
like, where they can be found and what they do.
Down Door Knob
time 31 Minutes
Students draw a cartoon door knob upside down, copying
each line, shape and space as accurately as possible.
When they have finished they turn their papers right
side up and are usually very surprised to see how
great their door knob looks.
Students are then free to add cartoon arms and legs
and a fun background.
This lesson is one of the students’ favorites. Drawing
the door knob upside down helps the student to access
the right side of his brain and see things exactly
as they are. The logical left brain knows too much
about things and tries to tell the artist what SHOULD
be there instead of seeing what IS there.