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"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Whale Watchers Watercolor Landscape

love this little beluga guy- he looks like he's planking! ha!ha!

This is a fun watercolour lesson I found here on the Crayola website.
It would be a great project to tie-in to any ocean unit students are working on with the classroom 
or Science teachers. I've done this lesson with Grade 4 up to Grade 6. 
The materials are very simple: heavy-ish white paper or watercolour paper, 
black wax crayon or marker and watercolours.

Have student research different types of whales and then practice sketching them. For the good copy, have them lightly sketch, in pencil, a seascape with their chosen whale. Include a background, middle ground and foreground. Once they're happy with the drawing, pass over all the pencil lines with a black wax crayon.

   



Students could also use black permanent markers as well.


Then paint away with watercolours! I encourage students to keep a thin white line between the black lines. This way the paint colours definitely won't 'bleed' together. I also encourage them to mix colours within each section in order to get varying shades and tones.




teacher sample- it was so fun to make




4 comments:

Joe said...

These look great! I really like the effect of leaving the small amount of white either side of the black lines : )

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary said...

Beautiful project.
I love the softness of colors.

DoodlesNYC said...

I love how different each of the images is--the research they did was a nice touch.

I did something similar with my students, but we started with black paper, then 'drew' with glue, let it dry,then filled in the non-glued areas with oil pastel. A very similar effect.

Miss said...

Thanks everyone :)

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