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Summer Swimming

Looking for summer drawings easy enough for kids to do? Try an underwater watercolor resist. The key is to include waving limbs and floating hair.


  • Art Journal or watercolor paper
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paint


  1. I gave some of my young students a 2″ circle to trace for the head, to give them a head start. Older drew their own head. Following my directions on the board, they drew outstretched arms, a body, and legs.
  2. The drawing was traced with a permanent black marker.
  3. Students used crayons to color in the hair, skin and swimsuit. Heavy coloring works best.
  4. The drawing was painted over with liquid watercolor paint. A caption was added above, along with a date below.

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