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Paint a Terrarium


Here’s a simple flower painting project, one that is pretty AND educational for students studying plant life.

I’ve used it for years with kinders, when they study root systems in the spring. The jar makes a nice frame for the artwork, and the root technique is a nice introduction to what I call, the “white crayon trick”.

  • Watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″
  • Terrarium template, from chipboard
  • Crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paints
  1. PREP: Cut jar templates from letter-size chip board, one per student
  2. Students trace the template on their watercolor paper with a pencil.
  3. The flowers are drawn in pencil and then traced and colored with crayons. The jar and lid are traced also.
  4. The roots are drawn below the flowers, with a white crayon, pressing very hard. Drawing the roots only in crayon, without any pencil lines, really helps to keep them nice and white.
  5. The ground is painted, which is when the roots will magically appear.
  6. The area around the flowers is painted another color, as is the outside and lid.