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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Tessellated Watercolor Painting

Created on July 30, 2022 by ArtisticTouch

Students will create a tessellated watercolor painting using a reference image of this choice.

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8 sessions; 60 minutes per session

Students will create a tessellated watercolor painting form a reference image of their choice.

Artistic focus is placed on the following: craftsmanship, color, value, shade, tint, visual texture, shape, balance, unity, harmony, creativity, and complexity (age-appropriateness).

Watercolor paper (140lbs.)
Watercolor paint
Masking tape
Reference image

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1. Select a reference image.

2. Grid image and watercolor paper lightly with a

3. Lightly sketch an outline of the reference image
with a pencil.

4. With the outline completely drawn, begin
painting the background using unnatural colors, tints and shades. (The finished painting should not look realistic or anything like the colors that appear in the reference image).

5. As each square is painted, leave a SLIM space that reflects a tessellated appearance.

6. When the background is painted, students will begin painting the foreground (or main subject matter) of their reference image.

Balance, Color/Value, Line, Movement, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Painting, Watercolor