Preppers: The Ways of Watercolor

Last week, the Preppers took a look at Monet’s famous bridge paintings and then got to make their own impressionist piece with pom-poms as their brushes. By spotting the color rather than rubbing it, they created the same effect that Monet’s scattered colors had created. Once the dots were dry, we painted bridges on top to complete the piece.

This week, we tried three different methods for creating watercolor blends. The first was to use markers on paper towels and then add water on top. The blended colors were remarkable and vibrant, and the kids really loved them! The second method was to use typical watercolor trays to paint on the paper towels. These came out less bright, but they still provided neat examples of how colors bleed and blend. And finally, we used liquid watercolors to paint the paper towels. The students all agreed that this method was less fun than using the markers and water, but they enjoyed the opportunity to paint anyway.

Between paintings, we had free draw and play-doh time to take a break from the paper towel blends. Some students made airplanes and helicopters out of their play-doh!

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