Miro on Coffee Filters

Miro WatercolorIf you’ve ever painted on a flat coffee filter, you’ll know how fun it is to watch the color seep and spread and grow. That’s what got me started with trying to find a fun new way for pre-K students practice drawing shapes. The fact that it looks a lot like Miro’s artwork is just a bonus.
PREP: Draw a variety of outlined shapes on a sheet of copy paper and xerox for each student. Iron large coffee filters with a steam iron so they are flat.
1. Students place a coffee filter over the copy paper and trace with a chisel tipped black Sharpie. They move the filter as desired and keep tracing until the circle is full.
2. Liquid watercolor is used to trace all the shapes with a small brush. Let dry.
3. The filter is glued to a sheet of copy paper to make the colors more opaque. The art is cropped and glued to a sheet of black card stock paper, and signed with a white paint poster marker.