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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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 Pablo Picasso printable biography.

Free Word Search Worksheet

Pablo Picasso | Free Word Search Worksheet

About the Artist
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. Read more…

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About the Artist
Alexander Calder was born in 1898, in Lawnton, Pennsylvania. He was born into a family of artists. His father Alexander Stirling Calder was a prominent sculptor who created many public sculptures in the Philadelphia area. Calder’s mother, Nanette Lederer Calder, was a professional portrait painter who studied art in Paris before moving to Philadelphia where she met her husband Alexander Stirling Calder. Read more…

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About the Artist
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy, a small Italian village near Arezzo, Tuscany. For several generations, his family had worked as bankers in Florence. His father, Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarroti di Simoni, also held occasional government positions. At the time of Michelangelo’s birth, his father was serving as a Florentine government agent in Caprese, and his mother was in failing health. Read more…

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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…

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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…

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Here are a few useful lesson resources for Michelangelo. Hope you find them useful!

Michelangelo Biography – MakingArtFun.com
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy, a small Italian village near Arezzo, Tuscany. For several generations, his family had worked as bankers in Florence. His father, Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarroti di Simoni, also held occasional government positions. At the time of Michelagelo’s birth, his father was serving as a Florentine government agent in Caprese, and his mother was in failing heath. Read more… or get printable biography.

Free Word Search Worksheet
This word search worksheet encourages students to build their reading skill by searching for the keywords in the Michelangelo biography.  You will need to print both to complete the word search.

Michelangelo | Printable Biography
Michelangelo | Word Search Worksheet

Michelangelo Jigsaw Puzzle
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Meet the Artist “Job Application”
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Color Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Delphes Sylphes.

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