Painting Flowers

Painting FlowersStudents first “draw” the flowers with their paint brushes, and then trace the edges afterward.
My other projects almost always begin with traced drawings so this backwards approach gave the students a different perspective and different results.

 

MATERIALS
• Multimedia or watercolor paper
• Liquid watercolor paint
• Paper towels
• Black marker

 

DIRECTIONS
1. Students use liquid watercolor paint to paint three flower tops and then a few stems and leaves below.
2. Students gently apply a paper towel on top to absorb any extra paint. This sometimes lightened the image, but it still looked pretty.
3. Each student took a fat black Sharpie and traced the edges of their flowers. I encouraged them to add extra details, such as folds in the flower leaves, and little bugs or insects on the side. This can be a pretty and quick project, if you need one. My experience was that most kids finished it in a half hour at most.

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