Interested in learning how to get started with watercolor, but don’t know where to start?

This guide will help you:

1) Select the right supplies to get started

2) Offer tips on how to hold a watercolor paint brush

3) Direct you to easy watercolor tutorials

4) Point you to worksheets that will drill your knowledge

5) Offer a few links to videos that will inspire!

1) Supplies
Getting started with watercolor is easy, and can be quite inexpensive. Here’s a list that should prove helpful.

Watercolor Paint Box
Invest in an inexpensive set of pan watercolors. Just stay away from the ultra-cheap Wal-Mart sets. The color will be less than satisfying.

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 fairly flat when it’s wet.

Watercolor Paint Brush
Your watercolor set may come with a paint brush. If not, a synthetic hair No. 8 round brush is a good brush to get started with. The biggest part of your budget ($5-$10) should be devoted to your brush.

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

How to How a Watercolor Paint Brush
There are several ways to hold a watercolor paint brush. These are the two most common grips.

The Classic Grip (Click to Read More and/or See Pictures)
This grip is the most common grip, offering the most control over the brush.

“The classic grip for a watercolor paint brush is similar to holding a pencil…”

The Splatter Grip (Click to Read More and/or See Pictures)
This grip is ideal for adding a splatter effect to your artwork.

“The splatter grip requires you to grasp the middle of the brush…”

Watercolor Projects
The following projects are ideal for beginners. The first few lessons are easy step-by-step tutorials on how to paint excerpts from masterpiece art. The projects that follow will appeal to your silly side.

Degas Ballerina
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). This lesson provides kids with an opportunity to experiment with dry brush technique.

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

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

Mondrian Watercolor Painting
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). This project challanges student to recreate his geometric art with a black crayon and three primary colored paints.

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

How to Draw a Dog
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a dog.

The Little Engine That Could | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint the cartoon steam engine, The Little Engine that Could.

“Make a Wish” Fairy | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a fairy.

How to Paint a Clown Fish
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a school of clown fish and then outline the fish with black marker.

Monkey Loves Banana | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a monkey holding a banana.

Happy Kindergartener | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint simply drawn child. It is by the the easiest lesson to complete.

Retro Robot | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint retro-style robot, complete with colored lights.

Free Watercolor Worksheets
Print these watercolor worksheets to improve your skills.

Watercolor Terms | Word Search Worksheet
Drill 12 watercolor terms with the first free printable word search worksheet.

Art Worksheet: Painting Reflections in Watercolor
Learn how to paint the reflection of a lighthouse in the water.

Inspiring Tutorial/Demonstration Videos by Watercolor Artists

Fabio Cembrenelli | Demo IV
Tiffanny Varga Watercolor Tutorial, Part 1
Watercolor Tutorial Lesson Village Landscape

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Interested in a free coloring page of an art masterpiece to supplement your next art lesson? Here is a list of 11 coloring pages that your can use with your students. Not only are they wonderful resources with which to expose students to great art, but to allow students to see how the artist used color to lead the viewers eye to certain areas of the work.

Free Coloring Pages

Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow by Piet Mondrian | Free Coloring Page

Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso | Free Coloring Page

Girl with a Watering Can by Pierre-August Renoir

Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse | Free Coloring Page

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by George Seurat | Free Coloring Page

Picasso Self Portrait (1907) by Pablo Picasso | Free Coloring Page

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh | Free Coloring Page

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer | Free Coloring Page

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci | Free Coloring Page

Lobster Trap by Alexander Calder | Free Coloring Page

The Dance Class by Edgar Degas

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Looking for a fun art/craft project for your kids? Soap sculpture is great way to introduce sculpting to kids. The material is easy to work with, and requires no special tools.

What you’ll need:
Ivory Soap (Bar)
Butter Knife
Tooth Pick

That’s it!

Goldfish Soap Sculpture | Free Lesson Plan
An easy first project is a goldfish. This project can be completed in about in 45 minutes. Get the lesson plan by clicking on the link.

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Bear Soap Sculpture
This project in most suited for students with intermediate level drawing skills. This project can be completed in about in 45 minutes.

1) Beginning by drawing the bear lightly on the soap.

2) Next begin removing the soap around the bear with your butter knife.

3) Finally, shape the features of the bear with your toothpick.

Turtle Soap Sculpture
Here’s another projects for students with with intermediate level drawing skills. This project can be completed in about in one hour.

1) Beginning by drawing the shell of the turtle lightly on the top of the soap. Then draw the bottom of the turtle on the bottom of the soap.

2) Next begin removing the soap around the turtle with your butter knife.

3) Finally, shape the features of the turtle with your toothpick.

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November 2, 2011

Welcome to The Art Student! – A free art resource directory for elementary art teachers and students.

Updated Oct. 8, 2015

Artist Biographies for Kids and Lessons Resources
Paint Like Picasso: Art Projects for Kids
Drawing Lessons for Beginners (or Those Who Just Gave Up)
Claude Monet | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources
Albrecht Durer | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources
Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources
Grandma Moses | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources

Free Worksheets
Watercolor Terms | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet
Drawing Terms | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet
Free Famous Artist Word Search Worksheets
Pablo Picasso | Free Word Search Worksheets
Leonardo da Vinci | Free Word Search Worksheet
Georgia O’Keeffe | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet

Free Coloring Pages
Free Art Masterpiece Coloring Pages
Free Bible Coloring Pages
Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors | Free Coloring Page
Mermaids | Free Printable Coloring Pages
Free Coloring Page | Stained Glass Nativity Scene
Bears | Free Printable Coloring Pages
Wooly Mammoth | Free Coloring Page

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Jonah and the Whale | Free Coloring Page

This artist word search worksheet helps kids build reading skills. Tell your students how many words there are , and then ask them to complete the word search worksheet by locating and circling the keywords in the Claude Monet printable biography.

Free Word Search Worksheet

Claude Monet | Free Word Search Worksheet

About the Artist
Claude Monet was born in Paris, France on November 14, 1840. He was the second child of Louise-Justine Aubry and Claude Adolphe Monet. In 1845, the Monet family settled near the ocean in Ingouville, France. In 1851, Claude began attending school. He studied many subjects including art. When he was a young teenager it became apparent he had artistic ability. Claude would draw caricatures of his teachers on his schoolwork. Read more…

Get Claude Monet | Printable Biography

Enjoy!

 

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This artist word search worksheet helps kids build reading skills. Tell your students how many words there are , and then ask them to complete the word search worksheet by locating and circling the keywords in the Wasilly Kandinsky printable biography.

Free Word Search Worksheet

Wasilly Kandinsky | Free Word Search Worksheet

About the Artist
Wassily Kandinsky was born on December 16, 1866, in Moscow, Russia. His father was a tea merchant and his mother was a homemaker. At an early age, Wassily exhibited a very special gift called synaesthesia cognate. This gift gave him the ability to hear colors and see sounds. This special gift was encouraged by his father who enrolled him in private drawing lessons as well as lessons in piano and cello. Read more…

Get Wasilly Kandinsky Printable Biography

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Want to paint like Picasso? It all starts by getting kids connected with great resources that engage them and teach them what they need to know to succeed.

The following article will guide you to five Picasso-centered art projects/activities that are surefire winners with the elementary school crowd.

Begin by reading a little about the artist, and then dive into the activities.

Hey Kids, Meet Pablo Picasso – Biography for Kids
Pablo Picasso was born on October 25,1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, an art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez. At an early age Pablo showed an interest in drawing. His first words were “piz, piz”, which is short for “lapiz”, the Spanish word for pencil…

Mr. Picasso Head – Interactive Activity
Mr. Picasso Head allows kids to create their own cubist-style portrait using Picasso features. Choose a face, eyes, nose and more! Change the colors, resize, flip, or rotate each feature. When your portrait is complete, sign it and add it to the Mr. Picasso Head Gallery.

Paint Your Own Picasso – Interactive Activity
Paint Your Own Picasso is an online activity that allows kids to select cubist facial features, drag them to the pre-drawn face and arrange them until everything looks perfect. Then pick up a color and color your Picasso face. When you are finished, you can print your masterpiece.

Picasso Art Masterpiece Cookies
This project gives kids a chance to create a work of art on a sugar cookie in Picasso’s distinctive sytle. Art has never been this delicious!

What You’ll Need:
4″ Sugar Cookies
Cookie Frosting
Food Coloring
Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)

Create a Cubist Montage
This art project help kids to understand that cubist works show the same thing from several sides at the same time. Kids will create a cubist work with magazine clippings, assembling and gluing eyes, hair, noses and lips from multiple angles.

What You’ll Need:
Several Photographs of People
Scissors
Glue
Paper for Base of the Collage
Colored Pencils, Markers, or Paints
Glossy or Matte Acrylic Varnish
Flat, Bristle Paintbrush

Picasso’s Three Musician’s Watercolor Project
This watercolor project is a perfect introduction to the art of Pablo Picasso. The printable lesson is a step-by-step guide, that offers basic watercolor painting techniques while guiding students in the painting of the harlequinn musician from Picasso’s cubist masterpiece Three Musicians of 1905.

What You’ll Need:
Watercolor Paint Set
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paint Brush
Pencil
Cup of Clean Water
Paper Towel for Blotting

 

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