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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Warm/Cool Watercolour Grid


This is a watercolour project I recently taught to a Grade 8 class.  It is useful for reviewing warm and cool colours as well as for learning how to use watercolours in a controlled way.  Here's how we made these:

First, students measured a grid onto their white paper- I think I encouraged a 3cm size square, but to accomodate students who need more help, they can use a larger size.  Some students chose to go smaller. So measure out the lines with a ruler in one direction....


Then the same size in the other direction and you have a nice grid.


Draw a design on top- I encouraged fairly simple shapes (or a shape) that filled the paper nicely.


This student chose more than one shape.


Then, using watercolours, students needed to decide on either warm or cool colours for the background and then the opposite for the shape(s).  Colours need to be transparent, so add lots of water when you mix them.  Move around the paper- don't work on squares side-by-side as you run the risk of having colours 'bleed' into each other.




For the watercolour brands, I use two types to get an even wider variety of colours: Prang and the Russian brand Yarka (student grade).  I prefer the Prang brand, though, and they are much cheaper.

Here are some of the results: Ta da!





This student chose a methodical pattern of colours.









8 comments:

Mrs. Hahn said...

Oh my! I guess we (art teachers) all think the same. I just did something like this with my 1st grade. I love the ones your 'big kids' did with you!

Janie B said...

I do this with 6th graders, but we use colored pencils. Love the look of watercolors.

Anna Pietrolungo, Essendon North Primary School said...

Very cool! I really like these grids... I may have to try it my students. Anna:)

Miss said...

Mrs. Hahn- yes, that's the great thing about art projects- some can be easily adaptable to different grade levels. I've had Grade 12 students who want to do the same projects they've seen me do with my Kindergarten students! lol

Janie- I also tried this with coloured pencils last term- they worked great as well.

Anna- thanks!

Nancie Kay said...

Beautiful work - will have to try this next year with my kiddos. Thanks for sharing the step by step!

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

What a great project to demonstrate warm and cool colors.

Jacquelien said...

Beautiful! I love the choice of using watercolour paint.

Miss said...

Thank you all!

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