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Watercolor Poppies Art Lesson

By on Apr 17, 2011 in 3th Grade Art Lessons, 45-minute art lessons, 4th Grade Art Lessons, Art Lessons by Seasons, Spring Art | 10 comments

Here is a very easy watercolor lesson for any grade. Simply add puddles of liquid watercolor paint (or well-watered pan watercolors) onto watercolor paper. Before the puddles “dry” tap the paper onto the table surface to create streams of paint. These are the flower stems. After the paint dries, the artist can use chalk pastels to add details such as stamens, leaves, shadows, etc. Add a splatter of watercolor paint for a whimsical touch. Enjoy!

The technique is the same as this lesson: Watercolor Jellies.

Here’s the video! (click on the triangle)

Fourth Grade Poppies…

Inspired by Usborne 365’s Things to Draw & Paint


  1. What do you recommend if you don’t have liquid watercolors in your art room? Thanks! Brenda


    April 19, 2011

    • Hi Brenda,
      Use regular pan watercolor paints or watered down tempera. Try it yourself to see what will work best for your class.


      April 19, 2011

    • Unless you are specifically looking for an Egyptian themed art lesson, I would try the other art lessons that are more suited for 2nd and 3rd grade. Egyptian Faces is geared towards upper elementary. The drawings are more detailed than let’s say Watercolor Projects. Hope this helps.


      April 19, 2011

  2. I love these! Just did ’em with my third graders this morning. They were so excited–not usually allowed to “splatter paint”!


    April 20, 2011

    • Thanks for the video re: Watercolour Jellies, now I know what you mean by “tap” the paper on the desk. Relieved relief teacher Julie


      August 15, 2011

  3. These look like the perfect way to ring in spring time!


    February 24, 2012

  4. Do you have to use watercolour paper with the watercolour paints?


    October 19, 2012

    • For this lesson, yes. Other papers would soak up the watercolors and you wouldn’t get the drips.

      Patty Palmer

      October 21, 2012

  5. Hello from Slovenia,
    I follow your blog constantly and have to thank you, because you have given me a lot of funny and fulfilling hours with my students. The last thing we did was your jellyfish watercolor project and the kids just loved it. We added our own touch by doing the tentacles using drinking straws. The children loved blowing the straws and they made simple but intricate shapes, which gave the pictures a nice realistic touch.


    June 13, 2013

  6. My art class last year did this project for Remembrance Day…red poppies with purple centers. The effect was spectacular!! I just completed the project again with my general fourth grade class for Valentine’s gifts for their parents and bookmarks for their pen-pals…they loved it! So easy and so beautiful! Thank you for the idea!


    February 14, 2014

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