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Watercolor & Pastel Resist Art Lessons


I recently introduced my Kinders to the magic of watercolor and oil pastel resist. I love hearing the squeals of delight after seeing white oil pastel appear through a wash of color. These are the simple joys of teaching art.

As with most watercolor projects, a good drawing lays the foundation for a successful project. Three directed line drawing instruction are included in the lesson plan. If you aren’t sure what directed line drawings are, I’ve included an overview of the benefits. For the children who finish early, I have 3 activity sheets for the children to color, create their own patterns on or even count the shapes.

I created this lesson for my three Kinder classes, but you could easily use them with first and second grade children. By increasing the degree of pattern details, older children can be equally as challenged.

All of the lessons require about 60 minutes of art instruction and process time. If you have an extra ten minutes, I included a few book recommendations to read at the beginning of the lessons.

Included in this 18-page lesson plan:

  • 3 easy-to-draw art lessons: Elephant, Bird and Turtle
  • How-to-draw handout for above lessons
  • 3 activity sheets
  • Teacher scripts
  • How to paint with watercolor instructions
  • Art supply links
  • Book recommendations
  • Student Gallery


Connecting with California State Kinder Visual Arts standards: 

Students apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.

Skills, Processes, Materials, and Tools

  • 2.1 Use lines, shapes/forms, and colors to make patterns.

Communication and Expression Through Original Works of Art

  • 2.6 Use geometric shapes/forms (circle, triangle, square) in a work of art.





  1. This lesson is truly helps me that how effectively we can use water color to create our paintings so well. This blog is inspirational for child actually they can learn with this blog to create superb drawings.

  2. Hello, I am an English teacher in Italy. I recently purchased this lesson plan for my own girls. However, I was unable to print from home, (my printer isn’t working), and I wanted to save it on my pen drive and take it and get it printed. I could not save it, now I was going to take my whole laptop to the print center as soon as I had time. I noticed I cannot access the lessons anymore. Could you please help me.
    I really wanted to do this soon, I wanted to gather supplies and take them to our summer place for something fun to do when we get back from the beach everyday.
    Thank you,
    Katty Carbone


    July 25, 2013

  3. Hi Patty,
    I have purchased a few of your lessons to do with a small group of children I run school holiday workshops with. I wanted to thank you so much for this site, it’s been fantastic. It takes most of the trial and error out of how my class will flow and is an endless source of inspiration. I have started using books to kick off the creativity and I really think it helps the children to focus and get in the mood for creativity. Keep up the amazing work and thank you.


    September 26, 2013

  4. You’re right, Patty! A good drawing starts it all. Good going with teaching these kids too.

    Stan Alderson

    October 15, 2013

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