Laura Ragan: Watercolor Llamas

The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time for me. I usually try to reflect on the assignments that have been successful in the past and develop new and interesting lessons also. 6th grade is usually a struggle for me. The students are at the age where they want everything to look perfect and most of them still don’t have the skills to do it.

This year I decided to start with a fun and colorful artwork that would be pretty hard for them to mess up. I settled on watercolor llamas. I introduced the lesson with a National Geographic video and they all learned interesting facts about the llama and how they’re used in South America. We talked about foreshortening and the view that we would use for the llama. I gave every student a handout with a simple line drawing of a llama that they could use for reference. When it came time for watercolor I held a simple 10 minute lesson with wet on wet and dry brush techniques. They practiced it and chose what they wanted to use to complete their pictures. It was so much fun and I had classes full of students who loved the outcomes!

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