By Deedra Baker, Program Director

We can all use a little sweetness in our lives! Today we are going to use Line, Shape, and Color to create cupcakes. Line, Shape, and Color are what we call Elements of Art, along with Form, Value, Texture, and Space.

Supply List:

  • Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons

You can use any size of paper to draw your cupcake. If you only want to draw one cupcake, you can use a small piece of paper like a 4 x 5-inch piece, or if you want to draw multiple cupcakes, you can use a little bit bigger piece of paper, like an 8.5 x 11-inch piece.

With your piece of paper in front of you, start drawing your cupcake by creating a semi-oval shape for the top of the cupcake. You can draw your cupcake with a pencil, colored pencil, or crayon.

Once you have the top of your cupcake drawn, you can draw the outline of the bottom of the cupcake. Add vertical lines to the bottom of our cupcake to create detail in the cupcake liner.

Now that you have the top & bottom of your cupcake drawn, you can add the frosting! Be creative and draw inspiration from the yummiest cupcake you’ve ever eaten.

So far, our cupcake consists of lines and shapes. Now it is time to add your color! Add flavor to your cupcake by the colors you choose to use.

  • Yellow = Vanilla
  • Pink = Strawberry
  • Brown = Chocolate

Also get creative with your cupcake’s toppings. You can add sprinkles, chocolate chips, or a cherry on top!


By Owen Curtsinger, Contributing Teaching Artist

Hey, at-home Art Room folks! My name is Owen. Normally I teach art class at a middle school in Fort Worth, but like a lot of you, I am stuck at home. But just because we’re at home, it doesn’t mean we can’t have fun making some great art like we would in an art classroom or studio. Today I’m going to introduce a fun and a sorta silly project that is quick, easy, and all you need is some paper and a pencil or marker.

Supply List:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Crayon

Let’s jump right in, and I’ll explain the details in a little bit. Grab a partner that you can work with: mom, dad, sister, brother, or dog. Ask them to sit still in front of you. I want you to take your paper and drawing tool and draw their face WITHOUT LOOKING AT YOUR PAPER! Sound crazy? Also, YOU CAN’T TAKE YOUR PENCIL OFF THE PAPER! That’s right! Once you put the pencil on the paper, you’re going to draw their face using one long continuous line without lifting your pencil. And you’re just looking at your partner’s face, tracing their eyes, nose, and other features with your eyes and trying to get everything you see on paper without actually looking at your paper! It will be hard not to look at your paper, but go ahead and give it a try!

Here’s what happened when I drew my dog this way:

Looks pretty silly, right? All of our portraits made this way are going to look silly. But this is actually a style that lots of great artists use to exercise their brains. It’s called Blind Contour Line Drawing. Let me break that down a little bit: first of all, we call it “blind” because we’re not looking at our paper while we draw. And a “contour line” is the outline of any object or feature. It can refer to the outer edge of an object that you see, like the outline of this cactus:

But we also use contour lines to define the edges of the details in the cactus, like so:

OK, let’s try this Blind Contour Line Drawing again. Grab a new partner or use the same person. Maybe give them a paper and drawing tool, too, and you can draw each other at the same time. Remember: just draw one continuous contour line without lifting your drawing tool from the paper, and don’t look at your paper. Just slowly trace the face and features with your eyes and try to draw what you see with one long line. It will feel like a staring contest as you draw each other this way, and you can even turn it into a game: if you see your partner look at their paper, call them out and start over!

These are the portraits my wife and I drew of each other when we played together:

Okay, now for our last exercise I’m going to relax the “rules” a little: try it one more time, but this time you CAN look at your paper! I’d still like you to draw using one continuous contour line, but you don’t have to draw “blind” like you were earlier. Here’s what happened when I did this while I drew myself in the mirror but also allowed myself to look at the paper:

What do you think? You had a little more control over how the drawing looks, but maybe you liked how silly the “blind” versions look! In any case, these exercises are a great way to warm up your drawing brain, train your eye to look closely at what you’re drawing, and train your hand to follow what your eye sees! Now that you’re finished, feel free to add more details, color it in, or try it with a new partner! Have fun!


By Deedra Baker, Program Director

“Art happens when anyone in the world takes any kind of material and fashions it into a deliberate statement.” — Thomas Hoving

As we gear up to create art at home, we need to prepare our art room with supplies. Here is a list of some of our most-used art supplies. It isn’t necessary to have all of these supplies, but this is a guide for tools we may use to create art together!

  • Drawing Paper/Multi-use Paper
  • Construction Paper/Colored Paper
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Liquid Glue
  • Tape
  • Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Oil Pastels
  • Water Cup
  • Paper Towels
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Creative Re-use Materials (Buttons, Toilet Paper Rolls, Straws, etc.)