Peaceful... Calm... Tranquil... That's how each and every one of these watercolor landscapes appear. Fourth grade is finishing up their icy landscapes. I was inspired by these beautiful pieces from Arteascuola and Color, Collage and Much More.
We started the first class by creating the backgrounds. The students used liquid watercolor and salt to get their gorgeous skies! I had the kids paint them about 3/4's of the way down the paper since we were going to be covering some of it. We used blues and purples and black.
I then had them paint a piece with only green, blue and black. The students created a watercolor wash for this section that would be cut into the mountains, glaciers or some said they looked like a forest of pines.
For the ice, I demonstrated how to use plastic wrap to create this very cool, crackled look.
I had never done this technique with my students so I played around with before instructing them how to do it. We used the liquid watercolors in blues and purples (the green is only in this example for all of you). I told them they must work quickly because if the paint dries or absorbs into the paper this technique will not be very effective.
I ripped off enough pieces of plastic wrap ahead of time and had it on their tables and ready so they could use it as soon as they were ready. As soon as they laid the plastic wrap on I had them scrunch it around for a few seconds. I stressed that they were not to take the wrap off! Some still did and had to re-start!
As soon as the pieces began to dry the plastic wrap fell away from the paper. I saved them and had other classes re-use them.
The final item was to choose an animal, sketch it and add it to their landscape.
Can you tell that penguins were popular?!
There were also polar bears, caribou and white seals.
I love how the pieces turned out!
I am grading them quickly as the kids are dying to take them home!
Have a great weekend and look out for those Leprechauns on Sunday!