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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Watercolor Design Exploration

Created on August 01, 2017 by Karimarie

Students will use multiple watercolor and resist techniques to explore the properties of watercolor. Students will then add designs and drawings in sharpie to add bold areas of emphasis.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT use several watercolor techniques effectively
2. SWBAT use a resist to create negative space
3. SWBAT use elements and principles of art to create balanced line drawings

1. Rubber Cement or Masking Friskit to create a resist.
2. Liquid watercolors
3. Watercolor Paper
4. Fine and Ultra Fine Black sharpies

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1. Use rubber cement or masking friskit to create a resist. Best results are achieved when poured and dripped in a spontaneous manner. Let dry.

2. Use liquid watercolors to create texture using salt, splatters and drips in similar color schemes. Let dry

3. Remove rubber cement/friskit. Spend remaining class sessions having students online where colors mis and negative space. Give students the freedom to creat designs and patterns within the spaces they have created using pattern and contrast.

Students are able to use two to three watercolor techniques. Wet on wet, wet on dry etc. Students will be able to create a balanced drawing/painting exploring their own drawing style.

Class critique to share processes, and strengths and weaknesses of each works of art.

This is a really fun and free project. The results are varied but overall students felt in control and were pleased with the processes.


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

[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

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[5-8] Students compare multiple purposes for creating works of art
[5-8] Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures

Abstract Art

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Emphasis, Line, Movement, Rhythm/Pattern, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Drawing, Marker, Painting, Watercolor

  • jsprick 08/12/2017 at 04:37pm
    So cool!!