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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Watercolor Line Paintings

Created on October 31, 2014 by Mario82

Inspired by the works of Geoff Slater students will create watercolor paintings using a single line.

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6 sessions; 30 minutes per session

1. SWBAT study the works of Geoff Slater.

2. SWBAT create a watercolor painting using one line.

1. Watercolor

2. Paintbrushes

3. Paper (Watercolor paper or card stock)

4. Pencil

5. An image you want to paint. (From a photo or your imagination.)

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1. Students will study and have a discussion about Geoff Slater's line paintings.

2. Select a picture of what you plan to paint, or just use your imagination.

3. Lightly sketch out your drawing on the paper. (Keep it simple, the paint will do must of the work to bring out the details.)

4. Before you start painting have an idea of which colors you plan on using ahead of time. You might have to mix colors.

5. Start at the bottom of you picture creating a line with the paint brush, moving your way up. Switch to whatever color you need and keep going. (Try not to let the lines touch.)

6. Once your painting is completed and it has had time to dry, erase any visible pencil marks from the sketch you created earlier.

Make sure students take their time, it's easy to paint yourself in a corner. So plan out where each paint stroke will go.

If you feel some lines are too close together, space it out with a white gel pen.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas
[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

Abstract Art, Pop Art

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Form, Line, Movement, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Unity/Harmony

Painting, Watercolor

  • KellysDen 02/05/2015 at 06:53pm
    Wow! Thanks for introducing me to this artist. I've been browsing his website and I'm smitten! I have an art club class of mixed ages...I think I'll give your lesson a try. Thank you!