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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Watercolor Polaroids

Created on January 26, 2021 by ArtisticTouch

Students explore watercolor by creating a series Polaroid paintings that capture a special moment in their lives.

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6 sessions; 60 minutes per session

Create one Polaroid watercolor painting per class session.

Each watercolor painting should capture a special moment in time - the artist is still sharing a meaningful minute in their lives - only with a painting rather than a traditional photograph.


Watercolor paint

Watercolor paintbrushes

Painters tape

Masking fluid

Ink [Optional for Mixed Media]

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Project Instructions:

1. Select a theme for your Polaroid Watercolor Painting Series.

2. Plan your paintings before beginning each one.
Draw thumbnail sketches of each painting to practice scale and proportion.

3. Sketch Polaroid paintings on pre-cut and masked watercolor paper.

4. Paint with watercolor using detail brushes. Paint each of your Polaroid sketches with watercolor paint. REMEMBER: Watercolor is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. You should see watercolor layering in your piece. You should see artist mixed colors in your piece. You should see watercolor paper in your piece.

Impressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, Pop Art, Post-Impressionism, Realism, Superrealism, Surrealism

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Emphasis, Line, Movement, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Space, Texture, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Drawing, Ink, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Pencil, Watercolor