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Watercolor Still Life

Try this abstract watercolor still life when you want young artists to learn about overlapping shapes. If they paint the intersections different colors, they are bound to end up with a really abstract painting.

still life for kids

• Watercolor paper
• Crayons
Liquid watercolor paint


1. Older students can draw these four shapes: coffee cup, goblet, bowl and plate, overlapping in any way they wish. Younger students, like 1st and 2nd grade may do better with stencils so they can focus their attention on the painting. The art is drawn with a pencil and then traced heavily with a crayon.

2. All the shapes created are painted with a different color of watercolor paint. I like the liquid type in dispensers as it allows students to focus on staying in the lines. More importantly, no messy trays to deal with.

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