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Under-the-Sea Watercolor Painting

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use an imaginative discussion to inspire their own oceanic-themed watercolor painting. As students paint an underwater scene, they will focus on blending colors and combining watercolor techniques while also taking care of art materials.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Engage in an imaginative discussion to generate ideas.

Explore watercolor tools and techniques.

Use watercolor materials and tools safely and as expected.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead students in an imaginative discussion about ocean life.
  • Demonstrate basic watercolor techniques and non-traditional options.
  • Introduce the concept of cool colors.
  • Review expectations for material usage and clean-up.

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National Standards


Create

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Demonstrate safe procedures for using and cleaning art tools, equipment, and studio spaces.

VA:Cr2.2.2a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

1.VA:Cr2.1

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

1.VA:Cr2.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

50 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Cup of water
  • 9” x 12” watercolor paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Salt
  • Plastic wrap
  • Crayons

National Standards


Create

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Demonstrate safe procedures for using and cleaning art tools, equipment, and studio spaces.

VA:Cr2.2.2a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

1.VA:Cr2.1

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

1.VA:Cr2.2

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Steps

Discuss and sketch

Engage in an imaginative discussion, then add underwater resist details with light-colored crayons.Paint with cool colors

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Instructional Materials

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Watercolor Variations

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Reference

Choosing the Best Watercolor Paper

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Basic Watercolor Techniques

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Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Student

Using Watercolor

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Reflection

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Assessment
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