I put together a small, very short, VERY basic handout on watercolors for my adult class that started this week. And, it got me thinking, why didn't I do this for my elementary students?
I have always felt that more elementary art teachers should be taking advantage of watercolor paint and teaching more advanced concepts to kids, rather than just using it as a paint choice to fill in color. The very basics of watercolor technique, flat and gradient washes, wet into wet, wet on dry, and glazing techniques lend lots of room for great lessons on color theory and paint application that, in my experience, lead to great results.
I talk about using watercolors in elementary classroom here, in this lesson based on Catherine Rayner's illustrations
In hindsight, I should have offered a handout to my younger students as well. I think it would have been a concise way to introduce watercolors and served as a proper introduction to a material that has great potential to be more than just colors. I will use it with younger students in the future as well.
I developed a basic handout on watercolor for my adult and teen classes shown below. It's available for art studio owners here. I'm putting together a kid's version as well, I think I would use it as a basic introduction.
Another great beginning watercolor activity is a quick watercolor workout. I talk about that in greater detail here. I usually have the kids make the grid themselves, a great way to get some ruler skills in, but if you're pressed for time feel free to use the handout below. Just print it on 90 lb. paper and tell students not to paint over the ink lines.
How do you utilize watercolors in your classroom?
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