Each week, I try to share a new art technique with this group of students. This week I decided to try painting a silhouette on watercolor paper. We first traced an animal image and then transferred it to the paper by reversing it and then using our fingernail to make the pencil line transfer onto the paper.
Next, we used a brush to wet the area around the image, being careful not to enter the animal shape. This makes the ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ space very evident.
We then used lots of different colors and proceeded to paint all around the animal shape. The students were able to see just how the colors blended wherever they touched. This produces a very nice background! Some students took some color out by blotting with a paper towel.
When the blended area was dry, the students had the option of filling in the animal space if they wanted to or they could leave the area as a white space……their choice!
And the students were able to take home a set of the homemade watercolors they made previously. The set of primary colors will give them other colors when mixed together.
Red + Yellow = Orange.
Blue + Red = Purple.
Yellow + Blue = Green.
We all remember that from Kindergarten, right?!?!