Friday 31 May 2013

Watercolor Dandelions

Here is watercolor dandelion lesson I did with my daughter's Grade 2/3 class.  I am so happy with the results!

Students had a 6X9 piece of watercolor paper.  Using baby food jar lids and a pencil, they lightly traced a row of circles, overlapping as they went across from one edge of the paper to the other.  They were instructed not to go straight across but randomly up and down.

Then they had to erase any overlapping lines within 2 of the circles (to create the white dandelions) and then erase any other overlapping lines for the rest of the circles to create depth.

For the yellow dandelions they used their glue cap lids to trace smaller circles in the bigger ones.  They used lines to create the details of the dandelions and the stems.  When done they traced all the pencil lines, except the circles, with a sharpie.  Then they erased ALL the pencil.

Next they used their white crayons to trace around the white dandelion shape and coloured it in.  This softened the dark lines and also created a resist for the paint we later added. 

Then they used a yellow crayon to trace around the outside of the yellow dandelions.

Next the students painted the dandelions with yellow paint.

Then they brushed the bottom of their papers with water before adding paint in 2 different shades of green.  They did the same for the sky - choosing 2 colours of paint to create either a warm or cool sky.



For another dandelion lesson (seen below) click HERE

Bird's Eye View Dandelion in Oil Pastel


  1. These are cute! I found your blog on Teaching is a Gift and am your newest follower! I love finding more BC bloggers :)
    Terri's Teaching Treasures

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