SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Digital Directory of Art Projects for Kids

 

 

PREK-ELEMENTARY

 

A Child’s Introduction to Art

Ages: 7-12 

Learn about 10 famous artists—plus easy-to-create art activities in their style!

Heather Alexander

 

Activity Kits, Coloring Sheets, and Teacher’s Guides

Ages: 2-10

Laura Gehl’s website includes printable activity kits, printable coloring sheets, and teacher’s guides with writing prompts and activities.

Laura Gehl

 

Activity Sheets, How to Draw Animals, Colouring In

Ages: 3-12 

Learn how to draw fun characters – Percy Pelican, Smarty Marty, Roger Rhino, and more. Plus colouring sheets for little ones. 

Mandy Foot 

 

Aloha Friday Art 

Ages: 4-10

ALOHA FRIDAY ART is a “mixed plate” theme-based STEAMed ingredients: visual art, multicultural kid lit, poetry, a little talk-story, and plenty aloha. New video episodes and posts released every other Friday. Material is geared toward kids ages 4-10 and their families. 

Edna Cabcabin Moran

 

Amphibian Acrobats

Ages: 4-10 

Draw a frog. 

Robert Meganck

 

Art Blast! Fun Lessons for Kids and Aliens

Ages: 6-11

Fun, self-paced art lessons for kids, taken from successful classroom projects Jonathan Roth has done as an elementary art teacher.

Jonathan Roth

 

Art for Children 

Ages: 5-10

A website for children to learn and make art.

Frank W. Dormer

 

Art Lessons & Educational Resources

Ages: 6+

Art Lessons for all ages! Fun drawing and collaging for the whole family. Check back for new content.

Gina Rizzo

 

Art School with Kate and Loretta

Ages: 4+ 

Join author/illustrator Kate Fischer and her 4-year-old daughter, Loretta for simple art lessons via Facebook Live! Lots of giggles and giveaways!

Kate Fischer

 

Art Tutorials

Ages: 2-10

YouTube channel featuring child-friendly drawing tutorials, process videos and more! Free coloring sheets, games and yoga activities on Susi’s website.

Susi Schaefer

 

CHALK YOUR WALK: A Drawing Video with Bill Thomson

Ages: 4-8 

A video of the author of the wordless book, CHALK, creating a sidewalk drawing with chalk.

Bill Thomson

 

CINDER YETI Craft

Ages: 3-7 

Make your own yeti with CINDER YETI picture book author Precious McKenzie.

Precious McKenzie 

 

CLYDE THE HIPPO Drawing Lesson

Ages: 4-10

A quick lesson on how to draw Clyde the Hippo. Kids who share their drawings will have their artwork posted on the website gallery and will receive a sticker, bookmark, and signed bookplate.

Larissa Marantz

 

COLOR CUT CREATE! Activity Packet

Ages: 6-12

Color • Cut • Create! activity packet is a free download featuring paper toy activities found only in the Color-Cut-Create! Superhero activity book. This activity packet is great for STEM-based education.

Merrill Rainey

 

Coloring Page from Kieren Dutcher’s Picture Book

Grades: PreK 

A coloring book page from Kieren Dutcher’s picture book, CHINESE AND ENGLISH NURSERY RHYMES. 

Kieren Dutcher

 

Coloring Pages Featuring Plants and Animals of the Sonoran Desert and Colorado Plateau

Ages: 3-9

Coloring pages about plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert/Colorado Plateau. A new page will be added every Wednesday.

Mark A. Hicks

 

CREATE A CHARACTER 

Grades: K-5

Starting Monday, 3/23, kids can download a CREATE A CHARACTER activity sheet. Four BLOBS (inspired by real objects) are on each sheet. Kids can turn the BLOBS into any character they like using a medium of their choice. CHARACTER CARDS are available for kids to continue building onto their character with character traits. This activity encourages creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills. Amy will share her character designs on Friday. Families can check the Blog Archive to see previous designs and Guest Artist’s artwork.

Amy Nielander

 

Create with Kenneth Kraegel!

Ages: 4-9 

Author-illustrator Kenneth Kraegel will share an illustration step by step so that you and your family can re-create the illustration at home! Join us on Facebook LIVE! March 30 -April 3.

Kenneth Kraegel 

 

DIFFERENT JUST LIKE ME Coloring Pages

Grades: K-4

Coloring book pages from Lori Mitchell’s illustrated books and prompts to encourage children to create their own art.

Lori Mitchell

 

Discussion/Activity Guide for Artist Biographies

Ages: 5-8 

Download a free Discussion/Activity Guide for Mary Cassatt, impressionist painter, western artist Charlie Russell, and Maxfield Parrish.

Lois V. Harris

 

DOWNWARD MULE Activity Sheets

Ages: 3-7

Printable coloring pages, kid-friendly discussion topics, and writing prompts inspired by DOWNWARD MULE. Jenna will be posting a read-aloud of the zany picture book about community and confidence complete with yoga poses by March 19. Feel free to pause the reading to pose with your posse. Or listen straight through and do the barnyard yoga whenever a break beckons.

Jenna Hammond

 

Draw Fire Truck with Shanda McCloskey – Live!

Ages: 5-10+

Thursday, March 26, 11am – Learn to draw Fire Truck from, FIRE TRUCK VS. DRAGON live with the illustrator! This is a part of a larger project called Stimola LIVE where you will find lots of LIVE steaming events from various authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. Visit here.

Shanda McCloskey

 

Draw With Illustrator Joe Hox

Grades: PreK-5 

During the season of self-isolation that’s come with the Coronavirus, Joe Hox started doing these bi-weekly live demos, sketching different creatures.

Joe Hox 

 

Draw with Sam!

Ages: 4-8 

Sam shares how to draw characters from her picture book CHICKEN LITTLE, THE REAL AND TOTALLY TRUE TALE.

Sam Wedelich

 

Drawing Exotic Animals 

Ages: 5+ 

Learn to draw your favorite animals using simple shapes!

Tara Garrigan 

 

Drawing Farm Animals

Ages: 5+ 

Learn to draw your favorite animals using simple shapes!

Tara Garrigan 

 

Drawing Fun Characters with Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw

Ages: 3-7 

Quick off-the-draw character creation drawing video and downloads & kid’s gallery. 

Bridget Marzo 

 

Elementary School Worksheets and Art Projects!

Ages: 5-9

On www.radishlane.com/activities-home you will find coloring sheets, book worksheets, and art projects! You can find more information about Rachel on RadishLane.com and RachelDiNunzio.com. Enjoy!

Rachel di Nunzio

 

FAERIE TALE FEET Coloring Pages

Ages: 6-12+

Coloring pages celebrating classic faerie tales and stories sent out weekly every Tuesday.

hallie m. bertling

 

Folktale KOLOBOK Storytime, Drawing & Sculpting Lessons

Ages: 5-8 

In 3 real-time videos, Irina’s retelling folktale KOLOBOK utilizing puppets, teaches illustration and air-dry clay sculpting of the main character.

Irina Mirskaya

 

Fun and Easy Art Activities 

Ages: 4-10 

These are easy and fun art activities for children. Activities use materials many already have at home.

Kathy

 

Fun and Easy Art for Creative Kids

Grades: PreK-5 

These art activities promote fun and creativity and use many materials families already have.

Kathy O’Neill

 

How to Draw a Bicycle

Ages: 4-8 

A very simple easy to follow lesson on how to draw a bicycle. 

Larissa Marantz

 

How to Draw a Puffin a Puffling, and More! 

Ages: 2-6 

Draw a puffling, a puffin, a whale and more from WHERE ARE YOU, PUFFLING? Read along too!

Gerry Daly 

 

How to Draw Activities

Ages: 3-7

Learn how to draw animal characters from a step by step activity sheet. Students are encouraged to email their drawings to mandy@mandyfoot.com.

Mandy Foot

 

How to Draw Your Pet 

Ages: 6-12 

Erin Marie Mauterer posts videos of them drawing people’s pets. Very entertaining, and a good way to learn!

Erin Marie Mauterer

 

How to Make a Book 

Ages: 4-8 

This 3 minute video shows how a picture book is made.

John and Ann Hassett

 

How to Make a Collage

Ages: 3+

Learn how to make a collage with Supriya Kelkar.

Supriya Kelkar

 

Howard B. Wigglebottom

Ages: 3-8 

Millions of kids create with Howard B. Wigglebottom. Some activities include coloring, writing your own book, and making music. 

Howard Binkow

 

I LOVE YOU, BUNNY

Grades: PreK-5 

Downloadable drawing activities for children based on the picture book I LOVE YOU, BUNNY by Alina Surnaite.

Alina Surnaite 

 

Kat Bat Draws 

Ages: 4-10+ 

Join author and illustrator Katherine Battersby for a weekly video where kids (and anyone who wants to join in!) can draw along with Katherine and learn more about how to create characters and stories.

Katherine Battersby 

 

KidLit TV – Drawing Tutorials, Story Time, Kid Lit Crafts & Activities

Ages: 3-7 

The KidLit TV team, a group of diverse children’s book authors and illustrators, has created a virtual library of free drawing & writing tutorials, read aloud videos, podcasts, craft & art activities+ made for kids!

Julie Gribble 

 

Let’s Draw Characters, Emotions, and Stories!

Ages: 3-10 

Students learn how to draw four characters with expressions that show different emotions. Then settings are drawn and stories emerge!

Jennifer O’Connell

 

Let’s Paint a Snowbird with Author-illustrator Lisa Papp

Ages: 5-10 

Join author-illustrator, Lisa Papp, as she draws and paints a SNOWBIRD. Grab some paper, a pencil, watercolors, or crayons.

Lisa Papp 

 

Let’s Paint Ladybugs with Author-illustrator Lisa Papp!

Ages: 5-10 

Join author-illustrator, Lisa Papp, as she demonstrates how to draw and paint a LADYBUG. Grab some paper, a pencil, watercolors, or crayons.

Lisa Papp 

 

Mini Coloring/Activity Book

Ages: 2-6

Mini coloring book by Terry Hojnacki helps encourage children to use their imagination while learning about schedules and practicing their coloring skills.

Terry Hojnacki

 

Monster Draw!  

Grades: PreK-5 

Follow along with me and learn how to draw your very own monster.

Timothy Banks 

 

My Illustration Process

Ages: 5-13 

Published Illustrator, Beth Peck, describes her process in illustrating children’s books such as MATTHEW AND TILLY and JUST LIKE JOSH GIBSON. Her website shows her sketches for several books.

Beth Peck

 

Odd Animal a Day

Ages: 5+

Follow along from A to Z as illustrator Claire Sedovic shows you how to draw each animal from her debut picture book, ODD ANIMAL ABC’s!

Claire Sedovic

 

Origami Caterpillar Tutorial 

Ages: 4-10 

Learn how to make an origami caterpillar from paper like the caterpillars in the origami picture book THE DAY WE WENT TO THE PARK by author-illustrator Linda Stephen. PDF with free written instructions available for download. Watch a YouTube video taught by origami artist and teacher Linda Stephen with step by step instructions on folding a caterpillar from paper. Materials needed: paper, scissors.

Linda Stephens 

 

Pitter Pattern Reading and Art Activity

Grades: PreK-5 

Joyce Hesselberth will read her newly released picture book PITTER PATTERN and then show you how to make a Sharpie Tie-dye project with items you may already have around the house!

Joyce Hesselberth 

 

Playing with Clay

Ages: 4-10 

Create your own clay pictures & crafts using these videos for inspiration!

Susan Eaddy 

 

Read, Write, and Draw with KFT Studio

Ages: 5-10 

Come to KFT’s studio and draw along with Katherine Fenn Thomas. Write your own stories! Create your own characters! A new episode will post every week on YouTube. Go to KFTstudio.com to download special drawing paper.

Katherine Fenn Thomas 

 

Shadowy Faces: A Drawing Activity for Kids

Ages: 7-11 

By tracing the shadow of a crumpled piece of paper, children can invent a cast of crazy characters.

Doris Ettlinger

 

#StoryMarch Art Project

Ages: 6+

Do a drawing each day based on a 1-word prompt. Each drawing connects to the previous one. Created by Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group. Search #storymarch on Instagram to see posts. To view all similar projects, search #authorshelpingkids.

Sarah Brannen

 

Superlative Birds

Ages: 4-10 

Draw a chickadee. 

Robert Meganck

 

THE ONLY LIVING GIRL Drawing Workshop 

Ages: 8-13

Learn how to draw monsters and fantasy creatures in a graphic novel style with artist Steve Ellis!

Steve Ellis

 

THERE WAS AN OLD GATOR WHO SWALLOWED A MOTH Activities

Ages: 3-8

Craft and downloadable coloring pages for THERE WAS AN OLD GATOR WHO SWALLOWED A MOTH. Click on the links to find instructions for the craft, and click on the four coloring pages to download and print them. Enjoy!

B.J. Lee

 

Worry Bee Art Classes

Ages: 5-12 

Art lessons that help children with stress. Taught by award-winning children’s book artist, Colleen Sgroi.

Colleen Sgroi 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Curious Creatures Drawing Workshop

Ages: 9-16 

From the leaping Grabouse nibbling grass to the Dorangodillo swinging through the swamps, join Lauren every week as she shares a new workshop with you to create and design Curious Creatures! Everyone can join in, there’s no age limit or requirements. All you need is a pencil and some paper! Let’s get drawing!

Lauren Mullinder

 

Dana Draws Doodles

Ages: 5-62 

Author-illustrator Dana Sullivan shows kids the kind of shenanigans they can get up to with just a sheet of paper, a doodle, a pen, and maybe a sock.

Dana Sullivan 

 

Drawing Cartoon Faces

Ages: 8+ 

Learn to draw the cartoon faces using simple shapes and proportions.

Tara Garrigan  

 

Free Drawing Lessons

Ages: 5-15 

Join me at 11 am UK time on Instagram here for free sketching sessions every Monday to Friday.

Noopur

 

Illustration Videos

Grades: 5-8

Join Kelley McMorris as she describes the process of illustrating children’s books.

Kelley McMorris

 

THE NEW KID Free Middle School eBook

Grades: 6-8 

THE NEW KID is a funny chapter book that deals with friendship, bullying, and learning to take a stand.

Maureen Straka 

 

The Owl Motel

Ages: 8-12 

These middle grade spooky short stories are great for reading and for teaching story structure and writing to kids. FREE 4/16-20.

Chuck Mallory 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

Drawing Faces 

Ages: 10+

Learn to draw the human face in proper proportion, Volume I. 

Tara Garrigan  

 

Drawing the Human Face: Details

Ages: 10+ 

Learn to draw the human face in proper proportion, Volume II: Details. 

Tara Garrigan

COLLEGE

 

Picture Book Basics

Series of short articles on the nuts and bolts of picture book illustration for beginners.

John Shelley

 

Watercolor Painting Lessons

Ages: 16+ 

Sherry Meidell is posting demonstrations on her YouTube Channel on painting with watercolor.

Sherry Meidell 

 

ALL

 

 

#ArttoCalmYouDown

Ages: All 

Art projects anyone can do at home (for kids and adults). 

Kieren Dutcher 

 

Art with Naomi

Ages: All 

A weekly lesson geared toward art history paired with an art lesson. Bring your paints, pens, and pencils!

Naomi Canale

 

Daily Coloring Pages 

Ages: All 

Daily coloring pages, sometimes with hidden pictures.

Rebecca Thornburgh

 

Drawing and Painting Demos

Ages: All 

A series of 2-part quick painting demos using crayon, watercolor, and colored pencil.

Renee Kurilla 

 

Drawing Paddington Bear

Ages: All 

Paddington Bear illustrator R. W. Alley prepares a pen and ink and watercolor drawing on his studio drawing board.

R. W. Alley 

 

Drawing with Crayons and White China Marker

Ages: All 

Crayons aren’t just for coloring books–they can be used to create beautiful fine art drawings! Check out this demonstration.

Brian Lies 

 

Drawing With Powdered Graphite

Ages: All 

Brian Lies demonstrates the powdered graphite technique he’s used for black-and-white book illustrations.

Brian Lies

 

Drawing with Russ (Live on Facebook)

Ages: 5+  

Live drawing on Facebook on Fridays starting at 10 am EST.

Russ Cox

 

Free Coloring Pages

Ages: 5-16

Free, downloadable coloring pages by Jane Heinrichs.

Jane Heinrichs

 

Free Painting Tutorials for Kids to Parents

Ages: All 

Learn how to paint with illustrator and artist, Bethany Stahl! Create exciting paintings for the whole family!

Bethany Stahl 

 

Help Me Draw This!

Ages: 4+ 

Live stream through an illustrator’s process of coming up with ideas for drawings and stories using abstract shapes as starting points for the imagination to wander. 20-30 minutes long. Every Wednesday, at 10 am. 

Mika Song 

 

Learn to Draw Animals with Simple Shapes

Ages: All 

Free downloads with coloring pages and how to draw activity sheets: Subscribe to Moments to Marvel Newsletter for a monthly spark of inspiration that includes a Tiny Tale from Acorn Meadow, art activity, quote and word of the month to nurture curiosity, creativity, and imagination.

Dorothia Rohner

 

Let’s Draw!

Ages: 3-100 

Join author and illustrator Sandra Dumais at her kitchen table for fun drawing and art classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Instagram Live! 2pm, @moonandsparrow

Sandra Dumais 

 

Let’s Draw…with Charles Santoso

Ages: All 

Join Charles Santoso as he shows kids (and adults) various ways to draw different animals, creatures, and characters from imagination and books.

Charles Santoso 

 

Modeling Clay Tutorial Videos

Ages: All 

Create your own modeling clay masterpieces with these tips and techniques shared by illustrator Barbara Reid.

Barbara Reid

 

Online Drawing Live with Russ

Ages: All 

Russ Cox is drawing live on Facebook every Friday at 10 am EST.

Russ Cox 

 

Paint A Colour Wheel

Ages: All 

Paint your own colour wheel using acrylic or gouache paints.

Alyssa Bermudez 

 

Powdered Graphite Drawing Demonstration

Ages: All 

Drawing with powdered graphite is a great way to make quick shadows and tones–and it’s easy!

Brian Lies 

 

Printable Coloring Sheets

Ages: All

Happy coloring!

Nina Crittenden

 

Project Photo Prompt

Ages: All

Daily photos on Instagram to act as writing prompts.

Kathryn Erskine

 

Repurposed Glass Bottle Vases

Ages: 5+  

Take your empty glass bottles and repurpose them into beautiful vases!

Shannon Anderson 

 

Story Soup Free Online Children’s Art Classes

Ages: 5-13 

A free 6-week guided online art course for children. Content link available on Samantha van Riet’s website under FREE CONTENT.

Samantha van Riet 

 

#WSID (What Should I Draw?) 

Ages: All

Parents tweet their children’s idea. Illustrators draw it.

Charlene Chua

 

Zentangle for Kidz!

Ages: All 

Sandy Steen Bartholomew put both the full version of my kid’s book, which teaches Zentangle, and a behind-the-scenes version of the book, online for free download.

Sandy Steen Bartholomew