My Art Trading Card students practiced their geometric shapes by drawing a series of jewels. Real watercolor paper will help them look their best.


  • Watercolor paper
  • Paper cutter (helpful for cutting the 2.5″ x 3.5″ size cards)
  • Black Sharpie marker, fine tip
  • Liquid watercolor
  • Trading card sleeves



Prep: I diagrammed on the board how to draw each jewel first, mostly starting with the inside shapes and then working out. I keep seeing that most students handle drawing straight lines much more easily than curved ones, so this worked well for kinder through 4th grade.

  1. Students drew their jewels in pencil.
  2. The lines were traced with the permanent black marker.
  3. The jewels were painted with watercolor.
  4. When dry, the cards were placed in a trading card sleeve. Students needed to make 9 cards to fill their page.