The fourth graders created these tropical birds with a watercolor background. We used saran wrap on top of the wet watercolor to get the cool value changes. We then talked about making the birds colorful and blending colors that were either analogous or different shades of the same color (value) on the birds.
If you haven’t ever read the book Giraffes Can’t Dance I highly recommend it, very cute. The third graders read this book and then we did some drawing exercises to help the kids understand how the giraffes arms and legs could move. They had a lot of fun creating their dancing giraffes and they all turned out different!
The second graders loved learning about how the white pastel could be used as a color blender. It is one of the reasons I love teaching younger children because the little things are fascinating! We also enjoyed reading the book Birds, especially the part about how colorful the sky would be if the birds tails colored the sky as they flew. We agreed that would be awesome!