How toWatercolor Basics For The Classroom
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What you’ll need
1 per 1-2 students
Watercolor Pan Sets and Refills
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Paper: Splurge Bulk Watercolor Paper
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24 @ size 2, 6 & 10
Round Brushes Recommend: Invest In Classroom Set
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1
Bucket (If No Sink In Classroom)
1 per 1-2 students
Wide Base Water Cup: Budget
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Buy in bulk
Paper: Budget 80 Lb White Sulfite Drawing Paper
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1 per student
Tray, Laminated Mat, Or Newspaper
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1
Watering Can Or Water Pitcher (If No Sink In Classroom)
1 per 1-2 students
Wide Base Water Cup: Splurge
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1 per student
Round Brushes Minimum (1 Per Pan Set)
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1 per student
Folded Paper Towel or Small Sponge
Paper Towels
Watercolor painting is a colorful and peaceful way to learn and create. Let’s practice together!
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Gather your tools and materials to set up your work space. Fill water to line marked on cup.
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Either a small sponge or a folded paper towel can help keep your brushes clean.
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Get your paints juicy by dropping clean water into each color.
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Let’s get to know your brush. The ferrule connects the handle & bristles. The tip is called the toe!
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Artists keep their brushes clean so the toe stays pointy, and hold the brush behind the ferrule.
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Our first technique is called “wash”. With watercolor paints, the more water the lighter the color.
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Clean your brush before each new color. Gently swish brush on bottom of water cup and pat on sponge.
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Paint another “wash”. Use a paper towel to ”blot” and let light areas appear in dark areas of paint.
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This time wet your paper first with clean water, then dip brush in paint and touch the wet area.
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Try “dry brush”. Use paper towel to dry a paint oval and brush. The brush marks will be scratchier!
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Use a pencil to lightly sketch a simple composition to practice with. Your sketch can be different!!
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Try “wash”, “blot”, “wet in wet” and “dry brush” in a practice painting (or two or three!)
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Always clean your brushes when done: “swish, swish, swish, pat, pat, pat.”
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Nice work!
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