Art 7: Watercolor Value Scale

The seventh grade just finished a brand new watercolor lesson. Students began the project by working with very light values of watercolor. The group then created layers of colors to find out what happens when values overlap.

We teamed up with Dr Julie Thompson and Beth Guzzetta to photograph protists that we will then paint (realistically and abstractly) using watercolor.

Our first step was to create a value scale by layering watercolor of the same dilution on top of itself. Then students added vertical stripes the long way on the paper. After this students added another set of horizontal stripes. I wanted them to see what the effect of layer had on color. I think that it’s important to use plenty of water while working with watercolor. You very rarely want to have totally opaque color when using watercolor paint.

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