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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Jim Dine Hearts

Created on May 07, 2013 by MrsImpey

I use this lesson as a way to introduce the different watercolor techniques. It works great around Valentine's Day with the Jim Dine theme of hearts.

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3 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT explain the following watercolor techniques:
Wet on wet wash
Wet on dry wash
Dry point
Graded wash
Salt technique
Alcohol technique
Wax resist
Saran wrap technique
Lifting off
Tissue paper technique
Drip technique

1. Watercolor paint
2. Paint supplies
3. Saran wrap
4. Tissue paper (bleeding kind)
5. Paper towels
6. Salt
7. Rubbing alcohol
8. Q-tips
9. crayons
10. watercolor paper
11. tag board scraps

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Day 1: Look at artwork by Jim Dine and discuss pop art. Have students create a heart pattern on the tag board scraps and trace 12 hearts on watercolor paper. Quickly go through each technique and have students paint each heart with a different technique. (It works best if students use 1-2 colors only so they can really see the difference in each technique.)

Day 2: Using the techniques learned, have students paint a background for their hearts.

Day 3: Cut out and glue hearts to background. Optional: Label each heart with its technique.

Wet on wet wash (wet paper first before painting with paint)
Wet on dry wash (paint on dry paper)
Glaze (paint one color, let dry, then paint another lighter color over the top)
Dry point (paint details with fine brush, not a lot of water in paint)
Graded wash (paint dark to light, dip brush in paint once and carefully water it down as you paint lighter)
Salt technique (sprinkle salt on wet paint, brush off when dry)
Alcohol technique (dip q-tip in rubbing alcohol, dot into wet paint)
Wax resist (draw with crayon, paint over top)
Saran wrap technique (place saran wrap over wet paint and scrunch, let dry before taking off)
Lifting off (dab wet paint with a stuff paper towel)
Tissue paper technique (dab wet paint with bleeding tissue paper)
Drip technique (drip a second/third color of paint onto wet paint)


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

[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 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students employ organizational structures and analyze what makes them effective or not effective in the communication of ideas

Jim Dine

Pop Art



  • Hope200 05/09/2013 at 09:11am
    Love this! Especially the list of different watercolor techniques. I would add a grid to the background and have a checkerboard effect. The hearts could then be the opposite color of the specific background grid. Thanks!

  • junquejules 02/09/2015 at 03:29pm
    Do you have a Pinterest board or favorite site to use about the author?