I am always looking for short art lessons to use when we have some time to fill before pick-up. This was the case today when I found myself with 15 more minutes left and (fortunately)children still willing to create and follow a lesson. I adapted a lesson in abstract cat faces from Art Projects for Kids. It starts with the eyes which look like big lemons and goes from there: triangles for the nose, circle cheeks, lines for whiskers ect.. They could choose between permanent marker or oil pastel. Since "Sharpies" are so forbidden in most homes in the hands of 5 and 6 year olds, they almost always choose them. Finally they paint them in watercolor choosing different colors for each side of the face. I think these are simple, graphic and fun.