Masterwork Watercolor Art Projects for Kids

May 24, 2010

Painting art masterworks is a great way for kids to become introduced to and connected with the work of our greatest artists.  The following links represent a collection of art projects for kids that make this goal possible.

Here a few tips on the watercolor supplies you will need:

Watercolor Paint Box
Invest in a student watercolor set made by Prang or Reeves, for example. The colors will be much more pleasing than what you will see from a Wal-Mart set.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paper is heavier than computer paper so that it can take a soaking. You can buy cheap paper, though make sure it’s 140lb. weight, so that it will stay relatively flat when it gets wet.

Watercolor Paint Brush
Your watercolor set may come with a paint brush, It not, a medium round brush is a great one to get started with.

Watercolor Pallet
A paper plate covered with plastic wrap will provide a great pallet on which to mix colors.

Watercolor Projects
Each of the following projects are ideal for the 2nd-8th grade art students, or anyone want to learn a few basic skills.

Degas Ballerina
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “Ballerina.” The lesson provides kids with an opportunity to experiment with dry brush technique.

The Singing Fish (Miro)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro (1893 -1983). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “The Singing Fish.”

Sunflower (Van Gogh)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888).”

Three Musicians (Picasso)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Spanish Modern artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his cubist masterpiece “Three Musicians (1905).”

Beasts and the Sea (Matisse)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of French modern artist Henry Matisse. Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques, including how to create a flat wash, as you paint an excerpt from his cut-out collage masterpiece “Beasts and the Sea (1950).”

The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch Baroque artist Jan Vermeer (1632-1675). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll apply basic watercolor painting techniques, including wet-on-dry wash and glazing, as you paint his masterpiece “The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1665).”

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