Finish the Picture

I’ve done a dozen variations of this project over the years, and always love how it both guides the student’s drawing and encourages creative thinking at the same time.
1. Students start by cutting out a small magazine picture, one that inspires them. They use a glue stick to attach it to a piece of watercolor paper.
2. The students “finish the picture” in pencil and then color it in with watercolor pencils. (Don’t get fooled by the cheap brand; the good ones like Prismacolor are like night and day.) Water is painted carefully over the colored areas, which turns the color into paint.
This amazing picture was created today a talented 5th grader.
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