DIY: How to Draw & Color a Tree with Personality

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Trunk of an Old Yew Tree (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

All trees grow in unique directions, so if you want to draw a certain tree accurately, it is helpful to look closely at the way branches split, where the leaves or needles grow, the shape and movement of the branches, etc. Today I’m going to teach you how to draw an oak tree like the one you see below. This lesson is basic but definitely not age specific. The project can be simplified or made more complex to match any skill level.

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DIY: (Part 1) How to Draw the Face of Michelangelo’s David

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This is my first ever tutorial video! I am so excited to share this drawing lesson, which I created and have taught to students of several ages. If you don’t think you could possibly learn to draw a human face and make it look really good, I challenge you to follow along with this video and give yourself a chance.

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DIY: 5 Ways to Compose a Sketchbook that Rocks

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Creativity is something we all possess, and when we invest in it, it grows bigger and we become more capable. Working in a sketchbook is amazing because you can explore topics no one else in the world would capture in the same way. Your ideas and perspective are important!

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My Mom the Art Teacher

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I am still a young mom with so much to learn, but there are three solid things I know about self-esteem, mental health, and happy parent-child relationships:

  1. Kids blossom when they have creative outlets.
  2. Adults need stress relief and moments to help them feel like kids again.
  3. Parents and children both need quality time together.

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What is it like to take a life drawing class?

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Above photo source: Tarrant County College NE, Heritage Room

If you love to draw, but feel nervous about studying a live model, this one is for you!

Many people have questions about life drawing classes. The two biggest insecurities I’ve noticed that students tend to have are these:

  1. “What if I am terrible at drawing people? I’m afraid to look silly next to other students.”
  2. “Isn’t it embarrassing and uncomfortable to stare at a naked person posing in the middle of the room?”

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DIY Kids Project: Symmetrical Insect Collage

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The collage above was a team effort between my husband and daughter. You’re a great dad, Cal!

Great for teaching a lesson on symmetry, or just making something experimental and pretty with your little one, this project could also be used as an opportunity to reflect on a bit of art history. You and your child (or your students if you’re a teacher), can be inspired by the gorgeous symmetrical work of Charley Harper and the whimsical cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Google them both!

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Creative Life: 13 Uniquely Illustrated Alphabet Prints

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Above illustrations and photos by Sarah Edmonds. Find her shop here.

Hanging a piece of artwork that celebrates the alphabet highlights a love of learning in the home where it lives. Whether you’re looking for something whimsical and child-like, or mature and architectural, I’ve compiled work by ten of my favorite alphabet artists. Any of these prints can be purchased via the shop links under each photo.

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