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Homeschool Art: Watercolor and Silhouette Collage: Geometric Shapes Mixed-Media Art for Kids

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:02
    • 2. Supplies

      0:45
    • 3. All About the Project

      2:02
    • 4. Starting Your Project: Creating Your Background

      4:08
    • 5. Younger Kids: Shapes With Cookie Cutters

      5:38
    • 6. Younger Kids: Cutting Out and Tracing Shapes

      6:17
    • 7. Younger Kids: Gluing Cookie Cutter Shapes

      5:14
    • 8. Older Kids: Geometric Shapes With Template

      7:43
    • 9. Older Kids: Cutting Template Shapes

      10:11
    • 10. Older Kids: Gluing Shapes From Template

      6:44
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About This Class

This is a fun and messy mixed-media class for kids and anyone who wants to create some easy fun art. 

The first part of class students will create a watercolor background using a straw to create firework like splatters on their paper. This technique is messy and students may splatter paint.

The second part of class students will create a silhouette collage using one of two methods.

The first method will be for younger students (Grades K-2). They will trace cookie cutters and then learn how to cut out the shapes and glue them to create the silhouette collage.

Supplies for 1st Method: 
Tablecloth or something to cover work space
Watercolor paper
Watercolor brush
Watercolor pan set (kids set is perfect)
Sheet of black construction paper
Straw
Pencil
Scissors
Glue
Cookie cutters - geometric shapes (Ex. circle, square, heart, butterfly)
Paper towels
Cup of water

The second method with be for older students (Grade 2 and up). They will use a template, that I have provided in the resource section of the class, to trace geometric shapes. They will then learn how to cut out the shapes and create the silhouette collage. 

Supplies for 2nd Method: 
Tablecloth or something to cover work space
Watercolor paper
Watercolor brush
Watercolor pan set (kids set is perfect)
Sheet of black construction paper
Straw
Pencil
Scissors
Glue
Geometric shape template
Paper towels
Cup of water

Although I have specified an age range for each method, it does not mean that younger students can not do the older students project or vice versa.

If you have any questions or comments about the lessons please let me know. 

I would also love to see your students finished project. Please share photos in the project section of the class. 

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Alicia Robinson

Think creatively!!

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Hi, I am Alicia. I am a wife, a mother, and an artist.  I have a degree in early childhood education and have almost 17 years of experience working with children from birth to middle school.  I worked for three years in a child development center floating from age group to age group until I settled in the infant room for the last year.

I used the knowledge from school and the experience I gained working with children to create a creative learning environment for my two kids during their preschool years. I developed lesson plans that incorporated art into each subject they learned. My children started preschool knowing everything they needed for the first few grades of elementary school. After they started school, I continued to teach them on weekends and over the summer... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm missing Alisha and welcome to my watercolor background and thens silhouette Collage class. In this class we will be creating a collage using geometric shapes. So the first part of the class, we will create our watercolor background using a straw to make little splashes of color all over our paper. Then we will use either cookie cutters or the shape template that I created and have attached to the resource section of the class to draw the shapes on our black construction paper. And then we will cut out those shapes and trace them and start gluing down to create the collage itself. I really enjoy this class because it's bright and it's colorful. And I love the contrast between the black paper and the watercolor backgrounds. And I really hope that you enjoyed it too. 2. Supplies: The supplies that you'll need for this class include watercolor paper, a sheet of black construction paper, watercolor pan set. The Crayola kids set or Artists Loft set is good. A large paintbrush, a watercolor paintbrush. The ones that have soft, round bristles work really well. You'll need a straw. This could be a plastic drinking straw, metal or a paper, whichever one you have, and glue, and a pencil and paper towels, as well as something to cover your table and your space with, because this will be a messy project. 3. All About the Project: For this class, I have created two versions of this project. The first version is for younger children, kindergarten first, second grade. This will probably be the easiest for them. And it is just simple geometric shapes using cookie cutters. So I picked the easiest cookie cutters that I could find, the ones that are most simple, that are symmetrical. So geometric shapes that are symmetrical. A-star, a heart, a circle, a butterfly, a flower. Something simple that you can use to create two halves that are identical. So that's for the easy kids are, that's the easy project for the younger kids. For the older kids, you will be creating something that looks like this. And for this project, I have given a template that looks like this, that has geometric shapes already drawn on it. There's a large one and the small one. And kids need to cut out both of each. For these projects. I just divided them to make it a little bit easier for younger kids and give the older kids a little bit chat, more of a challenge. But it doesn't mean that the younger kids can't do the harder project or that the older kids can't do the younger project. It just means that it's up to you which one you fill your child is ready for. So I hope that you enjoyed this project and as your kids finish it, please add pictures to the project section of the class so that I can see them and others can enjoy them and make comments about them. And I hope that you like it. So have fun. Thank you. 4. Starting Your Project: Creating Your Background: For this part of the class, we're going to create our watercolor background. So you will need your watercolor pans, SEM, a brush, a straw, and your watercolor paper, as well as a couple of water and a couple of paper towels in case you spill or make a mess. I have if you can't tell, covered my space in a tablecloth. And I have laid an extra piece of paper on top just to make it easier for you to see. So if you hear frequently paper, that's my tablecloth. So to get started, we are creating a firework type of splatter backgrounds. In order to do this, we're going to need our watercolor paper. And we're going to take our watercolor pan set and our water for our brush. And we're going to put down some water on our paper. And then we're going to fill in whatever color you choose. If you can do any color you want for your background. And we're just going to add some water color paint into our spare splotches of water. Then you're gonna take your straw and you're going to blow the water and to a splatter. And it does take quite a sharp burst of AR to get it to splatter like that. Okay, so put it close to your paper and you can rotate your paper if you want to. So the pet, the color, will go back the other way. And then we're just going to keep adding color onto our backgrounds. So now I'm going to go into a different color. And the cool thing about this fun technique is that Azure adding your color and I didn't not enough water down first. So I'm adding my new splotch, cleaning my brush, and then adding my paint into that splotch. And you want to add a bit of paint just so you have enough color. And then you can blow it into the other color. And you can see what colors you can make. So if you're doing red and blue, you're going to have purple. So that's a fun way to create. This is thinking about what colors you can use to mix together and see what colors they make. Or you can just add splashes of color all over to create a background like this. So now you go ahead and add your water. Like I said, you're going to clean your brush really well. Put some water down. Then you're going to find the color you want and add that into that splotch of color of water. And then just take your straw and rotate your paper around to create those fun starburst firework type patterns. And you can again blow the colors into each other so they create new colors. So have fun creating the rest of your background and then join me for the next step of the class. 5. Younger Kids: Shapes With Cookie Cutters : For this part of the class, you will need your watercolor background with your straw starburst fireworks, a piece of black construction paper, some simple shape. Cookie cutters and pencil and scissors. I'm using a black sharpie to help you see the lines that I trace. A pencil should be fine for you. If a pencil doesn't work, you can use a colored pencil or marker. If you use a colored pencil or marker, these lines that you tries are going to be more visible once the project is finished. But that's okay if it helps you see how to cut out the shapes. So to get started, the first thing we're gonna do is take our black piece of construction paper and we're going to try folded. So we're not folding it in half. Try folding it, which means we're going to try to get three equal pieces of the paper. It may not end up completely equal, but that's okay. So I'm folding it over to where it looks like even chef sections. And then I'll fully event and that's okay. So now we're only going to use one of those. So I'm just going to cut out one part of that. Okay. I'm going to set my background was side. It's going to take my black piece of paper and I'm going to take my shape. So on the cookie cutter, if you notice the cookie cutter is symmetrical, which means that if I drew a line in the middle, this half is going to be exactly the same as this half. We want to line that center point up with the edge of our paper the best that we can. So see I have a center line straight down the middle with half of my butterfly on my black construction paper. And then I'm going to turn this one over so I'm tracing the bigger section. And it might be easier for you to try surround that top part instead of this small edge. And if you have cookie cutters that are like that, go ahead and put the flat part down. Some align a backup, make sure it's on the paper up here. And then I'm going to trace the cookie cutter. So now you will have the butterfly shape on your paper. So I'm going to set the butterflies side and I think I'm going to use the circle. So I'm going to try to find about the halfway point. And a circle is a little bit harder to do. Just do the best that you can. Lay the flat side down. Slide it down here a little bit more, and trace the circle onto your black paper. So now I have a circle and my butterfly. Now I'm going to come with my heart. And I'm going to line up the points of my heart with the edges of my paper and trace around my cookie cutter. And then I'm going to do the same thing with my star. Now my star has five points. So this top part and this center part would be where my halfway line would go. So I'm going to line that up. And I'm going to trace that shape onto my paper. Now that I have all of my shapes traced onto my black construction paper, I am going to take my watercolor paper. I'm going to try to line this up in the middle the best that I can. And with my pencil, I'm going to trace the rectangle right into the center or as close to center as I can. If you want to take a ruler and make sure you are fully centered, that's okay. It doesn't have to be perfect though. So I'm going to lightly trace that rectangle. This is going to help after we cut out our shapes to line up our rectangle and our shapes in the right places. So the placement part of our collage will benefit from tracing the rectangle onto our paper. So now our rectangle is traced onto a watercolor paper. We have all of our shapes tryst, and our rectangle shape. 6. Younger Kids: Cutting Out and Tracing Shapes: For this section of the class, you will need your watercolor background with your rectangle, triste in the center. A pencil, your black piece of construction paper with your shapes drawn on it, and a pair of scissors. The first thing we're going to do is cut out our shapes. So I'm going to start with my circle. I'm going to cut out my circle right on the line. Once it's cut out, I'm going to take my circle inside the shape still. Lay my rectangle inside this square on my watercolor paper. And I'm going to flip my circle over. I'm going to leave my circle right there. Now I'm going to cut out my butterfly. So once the butterflies cut out, I'm going to take my paper line backup. Keep my butterfly in this circle, and flip it right there just like that. Then I'm going to cut out my next shape. And I'm going to take rectangle, lay it back down and my shape, play my heart in and then flip it. So I'm just taking that inside shape and I'm just flipping it up and like a book. Then I'm going to pick up my rectangle again, cut out the last shape. And I'm going to lie my rectangle back in, going to rotate my star. So now everything looks lined up. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to take my pencil now. And I'm going to make sure that my square is like my rectangle is lined up. Make sure that my circle half is lined up on the edge of that. Where are the points connect this point and here connect. And then I'm going to trace the circle onto my watercolor paper. And it's going to be a light outline. So see, you can barely see it looks a little dark so you can't see it, but you want yours to be like. Then I'm going to just leave that piece right there for the moment. Brain my paper lined backup my rectangle, and trace, my butterfly. So I'm gonna make sure that my rectangles lined up and my butterfly is connected to that line. Having a hard time with this. And it may take a little bit to get that rectangle lined up. That's why we're doing the outlines where we're tracing it so that it's easier to get our shapes them in the right places. There. Now I have it set up where it's on the lines the way it should be. So then I will trace that shape lightly onto my watercolor paper. Now you can just leave that there. Come to the other side. Line up your rectangle while up your shape. And then trace your shape. Oops. And if you draw on your shape, like I am doing repeatedly, I don't know why I'm having so much so much issues today, but you can erase those once you're done tracing. So once I've gotten my heart tryst, then I'll go back and just carefully erase those marks that I made. And on the outside as well. Be careful erasing on the watercolor paper though, because you will pick up some of the watercolor and you can just clean it up. Then I'm going to go back to the next shape. Make sure my rectangle is lined up where it's supposed to be lined up. And my star in this case it's lined up on the line with the point here and the point there. And then just carefully trace your shape lightly onto the background. And if you get a little pencil mark where you don't want to just gently erase it. Once you're finished with this, we will move on to the gluing. 7. Younger Kids: Gluing Cookie Cutter Shapes: For the last part of this project, you will need your watercolor paper with your black paper, with your shapes cut out and glue stick. So the first thing we're going to do is move everything off of our paper. Now, you can see that we have all of our shapes and everything traced onto our paper that's going to help us glue. So the first thing we're gonna do, take our rectangle piece. And it was down like this. And you can see I have some marks on here. So we're going to make sure it's lined up right. So my, my Star came out of this section and folded over. So we're going to flip this piece, our rectangle over, just like that. And I'm going to slide this over so I don't get glue on it. We're going to glue the backside, the underneath part of our rectangle. Once we have glue on it, we're going to flip it back over. So now my star is still lining up with my star. And we're going to put it into the corner and line it up with the edges that we traced of the rectangle. And we're just going to gently push it in to place. So now our rectangle is completely lined up with the one that we traced. If you still have some little corners and just a little bit more glue to hold them down. Now we've done that. So we're still sticking up. So now my corners are lined up in the rectangle that I traced. Now I'm going to go to my star. So my star, I'm going to fit it back in just to make sure and make sure that it fits right there. So I'm going to take my star, flip it over like a book again and put some glue on the back side of it. Pick it up and we're going to flip it back the opposite direction that we flipped it. And make sure that it fits in the line where we traced. Line it up with that center line and press it down. And we're going to do that with each of our shapes. So now I'm gonna take my heart. My heart came out of here. I flipped it over. If fits in like this, I'm going to flip it over again and put my glue on this part. Then I'm going to flip it back over. I'm going to check, make sure yep, that's the right direction. Lay it down right against that pencil line of my rectangle inside my heart for I traced it and push it down. If you need to add a little bit more glue on any of the spots, just lift it up a little and then add the glue. Okay, now we're gonna move on to the next shape. So here's my butterfly piece. And my butterfly piece, I cut out like this. My flipped it over to fit into this where I traced the shape on this side. So that fits. Now I'm going to flip it over again, like you're turning the page of a book. And I'm going to put glue on that. And I'll lift it up, flip it back over, make sure that it fits that I haven't terms the right way. Then I'm going to slide it right down. Once I line it up and press it down, I'm going to do the same thing with my circle. So I came out like this, flipping it over. It fits perfectly in there. Flip it over again, and put glue on the back of my circle. And I'm going to pick it up, flip it back over, line it up, make sure that that's the right direction. And then put it right down in the circle that I traced. I'm going to have to add more glue. This does not want to lay down. There we go. And there is your finished watercolor background and silhouette collage. 8. Older Kids: Geometric Shapes With Template: For this part of the class, you will need a pencil, a Sharpie, a pair of scissors, your watercolor paper with your straw. Starburst or yes, starburst fireworks on it. You're black construction paper and the shape template sheet. So the first thing we're gonna do for this is cut out these shapes. I already have mine cut out to save time. So you take a few minutes and cut these out and then join me back and we will have, I'll show you what to do with those shapes. Once you have your shapes cut out, we're going to set them aside for just a moment. And we are going to take our piece of black construction paper. And this is a piece of it that I cut off for another project. And we're going to try fold it just like that. And then we're just going to cut off one of those pieces of the black paper. You can save line and set the other one aside. Now we're going to trace our rectangle with the pencil in the middle of our watercolor paper. You can get a ruler and measure and make sure that it's perfectly centered, if you would like, or you can just eyeball it and get it as close as you can. So just with the pencil very lightly, trace the outline of your rectangle. I'm once that is done, your paper will look like this. And we're going to set that watercolor sheet aside. We're going to use this. So now I'm going to trace my shapes onto my black construction paper. You can pick any of these shapes. And what I did so I could find the center point of my shape was I folded the shape in half. So that gives me the halfway points. Now you're going to line your shape with the edge of the paper. So I'm lining the halfway of my circle with the edge of my construction paper on the top and on the bottom. I'm going to use a Sharpie so it shows up a little bit better. You can use your pencil though. If you can't see the Sharpie or the pencil, feel free to use a colored pencil or colored marker. You will just see the color on your paper when you finish your collage. And that's okay. And so you get the hang of it. So I trace my circle onto my paper. Now I'm going to take my smaller circle, fold that in half. And I'm going to line that up inside that circle that I just drew. So folded halfway line, I'm going to try to space it even length. So I want the space from here to this line and from here to this line be about the same. And then I'm going to trace the inside part of the circle. So now I have a shape that looks like that. I'm going to set my circle aside and pick a new shape. I'm going to do triangle. So I'm going to fold my triangle in half. I'm going to turn it upside down for this and I'm going to put it on this part of my paper. Maybe have come down a little bit, line it up so that the halfway mark is on the edge of this paper and my point is on the edge of the paper, and then trace the shape. So now I have a triangle. Now I'm going to take that inside the smaller piece and fold that in half. And I'm going to like my circle, line that halfway line up. Try to keep the same distance from here to here, and here to here. And then trace that triangle. And to set my triangle aside. Now I'm going to do my star. So four star, i don't have to fold the star in half because with a five-point star, the, this top point and this bottom part, if I fold it in half, that would be my halfway point. So I'm gonna take my larger superstar line up the top point and that bottom middle and trace that larger star. So now I have my star tryst. Then I'm gonna take my smaller one and a line that up trying to make the space between the outside my large star and the small star here and here and here, the same distance. And then trace my smaller star. So now I'm done with my star. Now I have my square. Now there's two ways you could do the square as a square or as a diamond. If you want it as a square, you would fold the square and half and line up the halfway line on the edge of your rectangle. If you wanted as a diamond, you line up the top point and the bottom points with the edge of your paper. I'm going to keep it as a diamond for this one, you can do it as a square or a diamond. Trace your edges. Then take your smaller one and do the same thing. And again, we want to try to see the space between the large diamond and this diamond on the top and the bottom are equal. Close enough, get us as close as you can. And then trace your diamond. So now you have your rectangle with your shapes drawn on it. 9. Older Kids: Cutting Template Shapes: For the last part of our project, you will need your watercolor background, scissors, a pencil, and the piece of black paper that you have, your triceps, your shapes tryst on. To start, we're going to cut out the large shape. So I'm going to cut out my, my diamond first. Just cut out the large diamond. Now, before I do anything else with the smaller diamond, I'm going to lay my black paper back into my square. It, my rectangle that I tryst. This shape is going to go right here. I'm going to flip it over, line it up on the line with the corners. And I'm going to trace the outside of that larger half of my diamond. Trace it lightly. You don't want to trace to dark. And just in case you can see it. If you get your line a little bit, you can erase just a little, doing gently because it will pull up the watercolor. Now I'm going to lift my diamond up, flip it over, and now I'm going to trace or cut the inside and the time and out. So now that I have a cutout, I'm going to keep my diamond in there. So if I lay it down, if fits perfectly like this, I'm going to take out this section. I'm going to flip this back over and lie that larger piece in alignment with what I just traced. Line, my inner triangle, my inner diamond up with the points. And then I'm going to trace the inside diamond. So now you have a paper that looks like this. Now I'm going to take those two shapes, put them back together, and just set them to the side. Going to cut up my star now. Just the large star, not the inside. Yeah. My, my paper down a line it up. My star, those inside. I'm going to flip the SAR over, make sure my rectangles lined up. And then I'm going to make sure the star is lined up with the edge of up here and the edge down here. And it's right along that line that I try stuff my rectangle. And then I'm going to trace the outside of my star. And you try to do it lightly with your pencil. I'm doing a little bit darker, so it will show up for the camera. Got to pick up my star, flip it over and I'm going to trim out the inside of my star. Catch the larger part of my hand so it doesn't get flipped. So now I'm going to line this up. Flip the outside piece of my star, line it up with what I traced. Why not my smaller star? And then trace my smaller star. And again, if you're a pencil line, it's a little off. It's okay. We can go back and erase a little bit just gently rice because my pencil line same messed up my pencil and a little bit. Just gently rice, try not to pull up too much of them. Watercolor. Then I'm going to put those two shapes back together. So I'm going to fit them back together. It's like a puzzle. And I'm going to set them aside. We're gonna do the same thing for my circle and my triangle. So I'm going to cut the larger parliaments circle out, line up my rectangle. So my circle came out this way. I'm going to flip it over, line it up. And then I'm going to trace the outline of my circle. Now I'm going to take my circle and cut out the inside circle. So I'm going to put my circle back together like a puzzle piece. Set it inside, make sure everything is lined up. Remove that larger part of the circle. Flip it over, line it up with my circle that I tryst and the center line of my rectangle. Then make sure my rectangles lined up, my circles lined up. Why not the centerpiece? And trace that centerpiece. Pick that up, put it back in the figure piece like a puzzle, set it aside, and do the same thing with my triangle. Why not my rectangle? Match my triangle up on the inside, flip it over, and then trace the outside. Now I'm going to trim out the inside triangle. If you had a square, you would do at the same time. If you have other shapes, you would do it the same way. Or if you added more then just before. So now I'm going to puzzle pieces back together. Put it back in. Take my larger piece. Flip it over. Why not my rectangle? Line up the outside triangle. Take the inside. Oops. Take my inside triangle and line it up. And then trace the inside triangle. Take your triangle pieces, put them back together like a puzzle. If you can pick them up and then set them aside. So you have a background that looks like this. And your black paper has all of its shapes cut out. Now you're ready to move on to the next part, the glowing part. 10. Older Kids: Gluing Shapes From Template: For the gluing part, you have your black rectangle and your watercolor paper with everything traced and all of your shapes. So you're going to make sure that you are a rectangle is in the right place. So if I layer like this, it matches up, the star matches up with the star. And I'm going to flip it like this. Like a book. Like you're opening a book. And I'm going to put the glue on that part. So you want the glue on the back of it. Glue and you might want to move your paper so you don't accidentally glue your watercolor paper in a place where you don't want the glue to be. Then you're going to take your rectangle and your watercolor paper. You're going to put the rectangle and you're going to line it back up with the top corner, make sure your circle matches your circle. You're a rectangle, winds up with all the lines. And then you're just going to carefully put it down on to the sacrum. If it's not perfectly lined up, It's okay. Mine's a little off. It's pretty close though, and it should be pretty close. And you can erase this bottom line. If you want, just gently. Again, if you do too hard, you're going to pull up some of that watercolor and you don't want to let that pretty color. I'm just going to erase it lightly so I don't see it as well. And I did pick up some of that watercolor. Now we're going to start with our star. So I'm going to take my star and I'm going to take my center star. And I'm going to put it into the shape. So I'm going to make it match. Then I'm going to flip it like I do a book. Thank you. What a book page. And put glue on the back part thing. You're going to flip it back and line it up with what you traced. And if you need that a little more glue, go ahead and add a little more glue. Now I'm going to take the outside star, makes sure that it's lining up with what I've tryst. Flip it like a book and add your glue. And then flip it back over and line it up in that space that you traced. The star is a little tricky because there's a lot of points to make sure you get aligned. And it's sticking to my finger. And I didn't quite line up but you can't really tell that's okay. And again, you can erase those outside lines. So you're going to do that for all of your shapes. You're going to start with the inside piece. You're going to make sure that it lines up, that it fits inside where you tryst, flip it over, put the glue on that side, and then glue it back down, making sure you're aligning it up. Then you're gonna take that outside ring, the outside part of the circle. Make sure that's where it fits. Flip it over and put glue on that. And then turn it back in, make sure you're aligning it up the best you can. And press it into place. And you'll do the same thing with your triangle and your diamond. And if you have those little lines at this point, you can go back and just erase those extra little pencil lines. That's why it's important to do them really light. And you have your finished civil wet watercolor picture.