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Stylized Watercolor Portrait

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore traditional and non-traditional watercolor techniques by creating a stylized watercolor portrait. As students make design decisions, they will focus on technique and emphasis and, upon completion, participate in a critique.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Demonstrate emphasis and abstraction with a variety of watercolor techniques.

Explore portraiture through a stylized approach.

Participate in a critique of the impact and effect of various watercolor applications.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion about emphasis and style in watercolor painting.
  • Review and demonstrate basic and non-traditional watercolor techniques.
  • Provide tips and feedback for creating art from observation.
  • Facilitate a critique using the Watercolor Painting Critique Guide.

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National Standards


Create

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.1.Ia

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Prof.VA:Cr1.1

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

Prof.VA:Cr1.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Sketch paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cup of water
  • 9” x 12” watercolor paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Portrait inspiration pictures (sources from magazines, photographs, online)
  • Non-traditional watercolor supplies

National Standards


Create

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.1.Ia

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Prof.VA:Cr1.1

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

Prof.VA:Cr1.2

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Steps

Create sketch

Create a sketch from source inspiration to plan what areas to emphasize and what to abstract.

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Instructional Materials

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Basic Watercolor Techniques

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Watercolor Variations

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Portrait Drawing Proportions

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Reference

Choosing the Best Watercolor Paper

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Formative

Watercolor Techniques Pre-Test

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Reflection

Connect Reflection Rubric

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Critique

Watercolor Painting Critique Guide

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