Lesson plan for high school art students to make hand painted bottles to use as gifts or for fundraiser opportunities. Good for design, color, and 3D art. Good if you're like us and do not have a kiln at school because it's like doing pottery.
4 sessions; 50 minutes per session
SWBAT Design an effective pattern to go around their bottle
SWBAT Utilize painting techniques
SWBAT creatively balance color and designs
Recyclable glass bottles (Wine, Juice, Soda, pickle jars, etc. Have students bring some from home completely washed and labels removed)
Good quality acrylic paints
1. Have student thoroughly clean all dust and dirt from bottles.
2. Paint a nice blended base of 2-3 colors using gradation and ombre painting techniques, let bottle dry.
3. Draw out chosen designs lightly with a pencil.
4. Carefully paint in design.
5. Some students may use the puff paint to accent or outline their designs, or then may draw out their whole pattern using the puff paint, let dry.
6. Coat bottles in a thin layer of polyurethane and let dry overnight. This seals in the paint job and gives in a nice shine.
Students will be assessed on their ability to complete the bottle in the necessary steps, strength of their designs, and effectiveness of the piece being a good decoration.
My kids loved this project because it was different than painting on paper or canvas, and since we do not have a kiln at our school, it gives the illusion of being like pottery. They did them as gifts for friends and family, and we even sold them as a fundraiser too and made a lot of money from it.
Ancient Greece, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts Movement, Folk Art