Watercolor Resist Hearts

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The other day, I had another family over for dinner (Hi Kim!) and had a wide variety of ages kids to entertain (1-5).  I wanted to be able to do a project that they could all participate in at their own level, but still come out of with a great product.  And it would be great if it could be fun and somewhat kid centered.  This is what I came up with: watercolor resist painting with a  heart motif.
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I differentiated for the different ages by letting the older ones do more of the project themselves and the younger ones do less. To start, I cut heart stencils of varying sizes out of a box and I drew the hearts on some watercolor paper. Then, for the littlest ones (1 and 2-years-old), I outlined the hearts with oil pastels. I let the bigger kids do the oil pastels themselves. Then everyone got to paint their pictures with watercolors and see what happened to the oil pastel lines. On the second and third rounds, the older kids (3 and 5-year-olds) traced the heart stencils, did the oil pastels, and used the watercolor paints all by themselves. Everyone enjoyed themselves and they all produced some great art on their own.
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1 Response to “Watercolor Resist Hearts”

  1. 1 Karen January 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Good Idea for all the ages, nice paintings all around.

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