Contour & Watercolor Still Life

file_001-2This year I set up some simple still life arrangements for 2nd graders – many had a fall theme.  I grew corn this summer, and brought in some of the beautiful dark purple, almost black ears of corn for some of the arrangements.  All arrangements had a combination of human-made items and natural items.

 

file_000-5Students practiced contour line drawings in their sketchbooks for almost a whole class period.  Once they felt ready to move on, they started a final draft.

 

file_000-4Students used watercolor paints to refine and add details.  We worked on mixing colors, making backgrounds of their choice, and painting layers of paint – wet on wet and wet on dry techniques.

The results of this lesson are stunning – everyone’s painting turned out phenomenal!  Check out a sampling of the work below:

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