and students love, love, love oil pastels.
What better way to combine both for a fun, bright and colorful project.
After the brainstorming activity, students drew trees, animals, plants and flowers with pencils then outlined with black marker. Next, they colored in their shapes with oil pastels.
Once the oil pastels were complete, student picked analogous watercolors (colors next to each other on the color wheel) to paint their backgrounds. I use liquid watercolors that are much more vivid and brighter than the strip pans of watercolors.
Using oil pastels keeps the shapes clean and bright- no muddy colors....
I love the raindrops in the tropical rainforest...
Try using some oil pastels with watercolors you will be so amazed!
12 x 18 paper
black markers and pencils
Laura is an elementary art teacher and the author of the blog Painted Paper. She has presented her thematic units nationally at the National Art Education Association and Ohio Art Education Association Conferences. You can follow her updates on fun and creative projects for kids here.