I was so honoured to be chosen to go to the painting and printmaking workshop. I find that we new teachers focus so much on learning about math and language but rarely focus on learning about the arts. Today was my day to learn.
Before you begin to paint you need to put a wash on (when you put water all over the paper).
Different watercolour techniques:
Salt resist- Pint first and make sure paint is really wet, then sprinkle salt over the paint and the salt absorbs the paint.
Put masking tape on paper in a pattern, paint over and when dry take off masking tape (green or blue painting tape works best for this).
White/yellow/lime colours work best
-hard to see white for kids
Make a pattern or design and wax resists paint and then paint over
Watercolour & marker
Make a shape and paint the whole scene. Trace shape in marker
We then got to make a large painting using several techniques we tried.
If painting a large painting- steps are 1) wax crayon,2) watercolour 3) wax crayon 4) marker
When painting with watercolours you can use water colour paper or non shiny side of bristol board
Use water and food colouring and syringes (without needles)
Get students to mix in ice cube trays and then write their discovery in pencil crayon or marker on sheet
Have bucket near by so the students can dump it when ice cube tray is full
Third: Teaching Value
Mixing black and white to make several shades of gray.
We were given 3 trays of white paint and 3 trays of blank paint. We were allowed to mix them to create different shades of grey.
Fourth: Printmaking with styrofoam tray
You need to get a styrofoam plate or meat container. Get the students to draw a picture using a pencil or pencil crayon. When they are done, they use a roller to cover the tray or plate with paint and then firmly press down onto paper.
And my print:
Fifth: Printmaking with assorted objects
You can use sponges, yarn, scrunched up paper, marbles, erasers or anything else you can find in your classroom. Start with the biggest shape first and work from there. Great way to teach texture.
Here is mine. I used sponges, an eraser on the top of a pencil and scrunched up paper.