Watercolor Projects Art Lesson Plans

All successful watercolor projects begin with a great drawing. Use the how-to-draw handouts to help your students to their best work. This 19-page art booklet features four Watercolor Projects that are suitable for all elementary school grade levels.

Tweet! Tweet! An easy directed line drawing turns into a stunning piece. Perfect for Kinder through to second grade. This project uses oil pastel and liquid watercolor paints and takes approximately one 40-minute classroom session.
Under-the-Sea Tropical Fish and Sea Life: The focus in this project is on the drawing.  Use the handouts of tropical fish and underwater sea plants to create a magical world. Easy explanation of composition elevates this project from ho-hum to extraordinary. Wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry watercolor techniques are used here.
Fantastic Frogsuses a simple crayon resist technique. A fast and easy lesson that requires a one hour class session.
Clipper Ships: An impressive line drawing complete with more advanced watercolor techniques for the upper elementary student. This lesson can be simplified for the younger set just by eliminating some of the detail.
Drawing Handouts:
Tropical Fish Idea Sheet
Sea Plants Idea Sheet
Fantastic Frogs step-by-step
Clipper Ship Drawing Tutorial
All lessons come with a supply list, how-to-draw instructional handouts that you can photocopy for your student, plus student galleries.

Here is a link to an art teacher who has used the Clipper Ship lesson with her son.

Click to purchase Watercolor Art Projects in the DSS Shop


  1. Anonymous says:

    I purchased this unit and I just wanted to let you know that I'm thrilled with it! I can't wait to try some of the projects with my classes next year. I really appreciate your site and check it often!

  2. Megan says:

    Hi Patty,
    We loved this book of lessons. Fourth and fifth graders were so proud of their work. I posted about our process on my blog, http://elementaryartroom.blogspot.com. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  4. Lisa says:

    I purchased the watercolor lesson. How do I print it????

  5. Lara says:

    I purchased the lesson- where do I download?


    • Patty says:

      Hi Lara,
      Please refer to the Customer Support link under “Products” in the menu bar. It can tell you how to retrieve your link based on how you paid (Google Checkout or Paypal). If you are still having problems, email me at patty.palmer@cox.net (include the date of purchase) and I’ll forward your query to tech support.

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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