They say “variety is the spice of life,” and it is certainly true in this art project. The crayon resist watercolor shamrock features variety in line, shape, and color. The project is easy for little learners to do, and is great for language development.
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Supplies to Collect
- 12 inch x 18 inch manila paper
- crayons in shades of green
- tempera blocks (paint pucks) in gold and shades of green
- paint cups
- paint brushes and pots
The Crayon Resist Watercolor Shamrock Process
Cut large shamrocks out of manila paper. (This is a sturdy cream-colored paper that comes in larger sizes and is economical to buy.)
Note: Cardstock or construction paper can be substituted for manila paper.
Use crayons in shades of green to decorate a sample shamrock with dots, lines, and shapes.
In my demo, there are wavy and curvy lines and straight ones. There are dots and circles, and stripes and dashes. A heart fills the center.
Show the crayoned shamrock to your little learners, highlighting the variety of lines and shapes.
Invite little learners to draw their own crayon designs on a shamrock.
Then have them add watercolors using tempera block paints in yellow and shades of green. Encourage children to rinse their brushes in water between colors.
Draw attention to darker and lighter paint shades. Discuss hues with words such as lime green, apple green, emerald green, and forest green. Use descriptive words that match the paint colors you have available.
Note: Liquid watercolors or water with food coloring mixed in can be used instead of tempera paint blocks.
After the paintings dry, you could add on an Irish St. Patrick’s Day blessing.
This is a simple two-step art activity that all children can do. A younger child’s paint added scribble drawing looks just as stunning as an older child’s project with more defined lines and shapes. This is especially true if a variety of shades of crayons and paints are used.
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