Oh, yes, I get it now. Mine love to use watercolor
like tempera, too! Now I've started them in K by
telling them that watercolor is supposed to be
"see-through" and "light" and have emphasized that if
it seems too dark to add some water to it or to use
the extra color in another area. They are so cute
How about using watercolor pencils or crayons (even
portfolio's water-soluble oil pastels)? These are
great because they can color heavily where they want a
darker value, then just barely shade the lighter
values. They might be able to better "get it" before
trying the real thing.
I wondered if 6th grade was too young to
> expect them to get some
> value with the water colors - after drawing/ pencil
> shading exercise and
> demonstration/practice w/water color before they
> start the real painting. It
> seemed that no matter how much I showed them and
> reminded, most wanted to
> still use if like tempera paint.
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