Thanks to Make a Mark Studios for the idea, I decided to teach watercolor techniques to my Art 1 students via this assignment! I've included photos and videos showing my process and how you might teach this to your students. Feel free to vary it up according to ages and skill levels and supplies on hand. For my students, they used the following supplies:
Watch the video above or show it to your class to teach them the 7 techniques outlined below! I do not currently have a video for the tracing, cutting, and gluing parts, but I've included the steps below.
Students started with their 9"x12" watercolor paper. I told students they can use whatever colors they wish, but they should have at least 3 to 4 colors. Students do the following techniques to fill up their paper. Students can keep it non-objective, abstract, or more realistic, but I tell them to keep in mind that we will be cutting up this paper!
Once all techniques have been practiced, we let the paintings dry. Next, I have students choose a shape. I told them their goal is to try and get AT LEAST 50 shapes out of their one paper. So their shapes should be approx. the size of a quarter or so. In my case, I chose a circle and used a circle stencil to trace approx. 50 circles on the BACK of my 9"x12" watercolor artwork.
Then, I used scissors to cut out all of my circles! This part was a bit painstaking, so I took a break every 15 shapes or so. I don't like hand cramps from scissors! While cutting out the shapes, I thought about what kind of final shape I wanted my mosaic to be. A square? A rectangle? A heart? A circle? A hexagon? In the end, I decided upon a circular shape.
I am a 7th year high school art teacher in Rochester, MN. I have taught middle school for 2 years and high school for almost 5 years. I truly enjoy working with students on a daily basis. I also enjoy teaching real-world skills such as problem solving, using technology, and the power of teamwork and collaboration. My joy is sharing my passion for art with others!