Second grade students are learning to draw using organic and geometric shapes. They are also using cool colors (shades of blue, green, and violet) to create a mixed media crayon resist. Cool colors are often found in nature. They have a relaxing, soothing quality when used together in art and design.
- Students used source images and oval templates to help get an idea for the shapes and textures to create their turtle drawing on watercolor paper. The drawings were outlined in black permanent marker.
- I asked them to create a design on the turtle shell by using geometric shapes like squares, pentagons, hexagons, or triangles. They colored in the turtle’s shell and body using cool colored crayons.
- On the second day of the project, the students received blue, green, and violet tissue paper that I asked them to tear into small pieces (about 2-3 inch squares).
- The students used a brush and a cup of water to soak the paper and covered it with the tissue paper squares (while wearing gloves to keep it from staining our hands!)
- After the entire paper (even the turtle) is covered in paper, they used a wet brush to soak the paper so it would bleed onto their drawings.
- Finally, they peeled off all the wet tissue paper and discarded it, leaving the colors behind. It was a fun and easy way to create a colorful background on the paper.
- watercolor paper
- black permanent markers
- water and brushes
- plastic or latex-free vinyl gloves
- tissue paper (test it first to see if it bleeds)