I tried something new with my third graders this year.
I wanted to reinforce old watercolor skills with this particular group of students but also introduce new technique. And, I didn't want it to take forever. We had a discussion about how one would workout to keep up a strength, just as an athlete would workout particular body parts, artists must keep practicing to keep up their good habits and skill.
We filled out the watercolor workout below. We went over each technique together. The following week when they dried, students were asked to "bulk up" on the skills that they needed more practice on. They referred to their original workouts and grabbed scrap watercolor paper to practice those skills that they were weakest. We then quickly moved on to our watercolor paintings with students keeping their workout around to refer back to, whenever they needed it. What do you do to have students brush up on skills?
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