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Lesson Plans

stinky ink and watercolor

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Pamela W. Lackey (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 10:23:04 -0400

Regarding stinky ink and tempera, there is an ingredient in both that
has a limited shelf life and then it starts to literally "rot". Throw
it out. It is bad and can't be reclaimed.
Regarding watercolor: I have taught this from elementary level to adult
and the most important thing to do is not impose realism on them.
Allow for alot of experimentaion. If you need a structured lesson, do
abstract forms or structure it around color theory. I have them do
value scales. Then I get out very large paper and they fill it with
experiments: salt, wet on wet, dry brush, frisket or rubber cement,
stencil, sponging, blotting with soft tissues, transparant overlay,
creating water marks, blowing on the paint through a straw, rourschach
blots, etc. Then they can draw on top with colored pencil or colored
ink, cut and collage in new arrangements, even weave cut strips. Keep
it all light and fun, experimental. INtroduce realism after the
students feel very comfortable with the medium. Good luck.