Posted by: dbjaquith | January 25, 2016

Developing Skills with Watercolors

All EffectsWatercolor_Painters_at_WorkThird grade is a great year of learning and discovery, when students eagerly take new information and apply it to existing understandings in art class, constructing deeper knowledge about familiar media and concepts. Approaching their watercolors as scientists and artists, students experimented and then observed what they could do with four basic watercolor techniques:

  • Wet brush on wet paper
  • Wet brush on dry paper
  • Dry brush on wet paper
  • Dry brush on dry paper
Painters add suggestions to the list of what the wet-on-wet technique is good for in a painting.

Painters add suggestions to the list of what the wet-on-wet technique is good for in a painting.

Resulting artworks ignited artists’ imaginations as they identified real and fantasy scenes in their work. A large chart invited artist-scientists to document what purposes each of the techniques might serve in a watercolor painting.  Next week students can choose to continue with watercolor on larger paper or continue with other art media in our Creativity Studio. In the video below a student wipes most of the water off his brush to explore the scratchy textures created by a dry brush on dry paper.

 


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