My 3rd-5th graders had a pretty good time with this, and they came out so nice and bold!
If you’ve never used liquid watercolors, I highly recommend trying it. It gives completely different results!
Summer Art Camp has been one of the highlight of my year. I’ve really enjoyed having the kids play with all sorts of mediums! We kicked off the fun with this project because we needed it to dry before we could do the next step. Here’s my example I made for the kids.
Here are the kids drawing their parrots. Some moms came back the next week and told me their kids went home and drew parrots until the cows came home. Let’s hear it for inspiration! Yay!
The water coloring technique I showed the kids was very challenging for them. I told them to view the glue lines as speed bumps, rather than stop signs. Another technique for them to master was using MORE water, rather than less. I wanted them to puddle their watercolors to create a lot of imperfections, as they will need them in the last step. These concepts were really hard for them, but they conquered! They were so proud of themselves! Here are a few of the parrots the kids did:
The last part of the assignment was to outline all the glue lines and “imperfections” of the watercolors. Here are some of the finished works: