Friday, 28 June 2013

Pirate Ship Art Lesson for Prep (Kinder) to Grade 2

This is my second homework task for the Deep Space Sparkle Ecourse I'm doing.  It has been so fun learning new techniques and lessons.  I can't wait to try some next term.  The task this week was to take one of the lessons and change it to suit another Grade level.  There was a lesson on Homers DSS Clipper Ship that I just loved yet it was aimed at Grade 5 students.  Since a lot of my students are Prep (that's Kinder for those of you in the US) to Grade 2 I thought I would modify it to suit my students.  Changing the boat to a Pirate Ship and adding more colour seemed appropriate for this age group, although it did mean we lost the lovely reference to Homers work (sorry)...


You will need:
  • Watercolour Paper A3
  • Liquid Watercolours in Blue, Aqua and Orange
  • Paper Towels
  • Tempura paint**
  • Old card 
**I used tempura paints as they are better for younger children yet acrylic would also be fine
How To:
  • Paint in the sky and water with watercolour paint.  I would use this opportunity to show the students the wet on wet watercolour technique.   Use Blue for the sky and Aqua for the water.  Add some orange to the water to make it go a little grey and look stormy.  Demonstrate to the children how to paint on the watercolour in horizontal strips so that it looks like waves in the water.  Use some paper towel to blot off some of the colour in the sky to look like clouds (or use lemon juice for this).  Leave to dry.
  • With tempura paint get the children to draw a simple boat.  
  • Show them how to use a card dipped in brown paint to put in a masts
  • Show them how to wipe the card clean (with a paper towel) and then dip it into another colour to make the sails by dragging card downwards.

  • Wipe the card clean and then use some blue & white paint to add in some waves.

  • The children can add other elements to their painting (fish, birds etc) if they wish. Since its a pirate ship they may wish to add canons, flags. even pirates to their pictures - let their imagination go wild!  This step could be done with oil pastels when the paint is dry if this works with your timing.

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