6th Grade Watercolor Insects


Watercolor Insects

6th Grade Art

Erica Mathieson



Title: Watercolor Insects


The students will begin this unit by viewing a demonstration on watercolor. I will show them how to use a palette to mix their colors as well as how to use an oil pastel crayon to resist the paint. I will engage students by asking them questions about what they think the end result will look like. The students will study images and select an insect of their choice. Students will draw the insect lightly in pencil first, then add the oil pastel, and lastly add the watercolor.


The student will:

Learn how to mix watercolor paints using a palette

Discover how watercolor reacts when used with wax crayons

Analyze shape to create a representational drawing

Include a gradient (color that goes from dark to light) in their final painting


Day 1:

  • Demonstration on watercolor mixing and wax resist
  • Practice using watercolor, mixing colors, and using oil pastel

Day 2:

  • Begin sketching the insect lightly in colored pencil
  • Add oil pastel to resist the paint in some areas

Day 3:


  • Begin adding color with watercolor paints



  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water cans
  • Oil Pastels
  • Palettes


  • Reference photos of insects

Evaluation and closure

The students will be given time to analyze their paintings and discuss anything that could be improved upon before turning it in for grading. I will be grading the paintings on successful completion and understanding of the objectives as well as craftsmanship and use of class time.


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