Make a Vegetable Painting, Roots and All

Vegetables-in-ground 700I found this idea about how to make a vegetable painting over at Artsonia.com. It’s a great way to supplement studies about plant life, and makes a very pretty botanical study too.

MATERIALS
• Watercolor paper
• Crayola Crayons
Liquid Watercolor paint

DIRECTIONS
1. Students draw a horizontal pencil line across the middle of the page. They add a variety of underground vegetables below and stems and leaves above. Carrots, beets, and green onions are just a few of the possibilities.

2. All pencil lines are traced with a crayon. Students need to press really firmly so that the crayon color really shows up well. Light drawings may get hidden with the paint. Encourage students to include white somewhere in their roots as it really shows up well when the ground is painted over it.

3. The vegetable shapes are painted in with watercolor paint. When complete, the ground, leaves and sky are painted as well.

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