This is a fun combination for painting a robot – silver tempera and black watercolor paint. The matte look of the black makes the silver really stand out.

My first graders used a 3″ square template to get the body drawing started. They added geometric shapes as desired.


  • Drawing paper
  • Black marker
  • Silver tempera paint
  • Black watercolor paint, liquid works best


  1. Prep: Print tutorial for each student.
  2. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases.
  3. Students follow the tutorial to draw the robot in pencil.
  4. The robot is traced with a black marker.
  5. The robot is colored carefully with crayons.