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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Watercolour Tape Paintings

This is a perfect end of the year lesson as it involves minimal materials, keeps all students engaged and has pretty great results for all kids. I did this lesson with Grade 6 and it took 2 - 40 minute periods to complete.
You'll need: heavy white paper, thin washi tape (I bought mine at Michaels) 
and watercolour paints (we use Prang). 

Students simply use the thin rolls of washi tape to create a geometric design on their paper. They can also put masking tape around the edges to create a white border which looks really nice. 
Then, using watercolours, they paint all the different sections. My students have alot of experience with watercolours (it's my favorite medium!) and know colour theory pretty well so I saw alot of them stuck with analagous colours and most used the wet-on-wet technique. But I pretty much let them do whatever they wanted. 

Let these dry overnight and then the next class the kids get the oh so 
satisfying task of peeling of the tape!

Some Grade 6 results:

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Wax Crayon Faux Batik

This is a great fool proof lesson (if you use the right paper) that yields fantastic results for all students. I've posted this lesson previously HERE.

All you need is:
photocopy paper (whatever size you like), Sharpies, wax crayons and dark acrylic paint.

Students draw a design of their choice on the photocopy paper. I encourage them to draw large, somewhat simple designs. Tiny, intricate designs don't work well necessarily with this process We're aiming for something big and bold, perhaps with simple patterns as well. f course you could give a specific theme like flowers, insects, food, etc. 

Trace over your drawing with Sharpie. We use paper placemats under our work so the Sharpie doesn't bleed through onto our tables (but if it does, hand sanitizer gets it off - aka: rubbing alcohol!!)

Then colour in the design with a thick layer of wax crayon. I have to really emphasize to the kids that the colouring needs to be thick or the paint won't resist.  It's best to also stick to only lighter colours of wax crayons. 

Once it's all coloured, the students really enjoy crumpling it up. They get all nervous and it's so cute to see! So crumple it up a couple of times. This creates cracks in the paper that the acrylic paint will stick to. Flatten it out and then scrub on some dark acrylic paint (we use blue, purple and dark red)- we use large bristle brushes to really push or scrub the paint into the paper. Sometimes watering down the paint a bit with water helps as well. Then wipe off the excess using paper towels. Work in sections and don't let the acrylic paint dry! 
The design will be revealed but will be darker and textured.
Rub off as much paint as you need- you can always go back and add more if necessary.


You can see the faux batik effect created with the paint in all the cracks. 
Creates a really beautiful textural effect. 

Some Grade 4 - 6 finished works:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Watercolour Grid Paintings

One of my all time favourite watercolour projects!
I posted this project previously HERE.
Students measure a grid onto heavy white paper. The smaller the grid, the longer and more challenging it is to paint essentially.  So it's a good project for differentiation.
Then they draw an image onto the grid. I leave the subject matter up to them. They just need to make sure to fill the page effectively. Then they paint it using watercolours- I typically encourage warm versus cool colours but you could use any type of colour combinations really. 

You can see below the different paces my students work at!!!

Some finished Grade 7 - 9 paintings:

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