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Peter Rabbit Watercolor Art Project for Elementary Kids

Peter Rabbit Watercolor Project

60

Min

I love The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I was inspired by her beautiful watercolor illustrations to create this easy project for spring. The best part? The technique is simple and uses materials you already have on hand.

I added a bucket of radishes to my drawing but you could add a basket of decorated eggs if you choose.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

–  Transparent watercolors

–  Watercolor paper

–  Colored pencil

Let’s Get Started…

Step 1: Draw Peter using the ideas in the handout. I suggest sketching Peter with a colored pencil, instead of a regular pencil, because younger students tend to push really hard with pencils, making dark lines difficult to erase.

The fluidness of higher quality colored pencils like Prismacolors encourages students to draw with a lighter hand.

Peter Rabbit Watercolor Art Project for Elementary Kids

Step 2: Add decorations and foliage to the background. I added leaves, but feel free to add flowers, grass, or leave blank.  If you’re looking for inspiration, flip through Beatrix Potter’s illustrations to get your creative juices flowing.

Peter Rabbit Watercolor Art Project for Elementary Kids

Step 3: Now the fun part! Use your watercolors to paint your rabbit. You want the pencil to show through the paint, so use a light hand, adding water to your brush liberally to dilute the paint.

Peter Rabbit Watercolor Art Project for Elementary Kids

If part of your watercolor is too dark, blot it with a tissue paper to remove excess paint.

Peter Rabbit Watercolor Art Project for Elementary Kids

Step 4: Finish painting Peter, his jacket, pail or basket and leaves.

Peter Rabbit Watercolor Art Project for Elementary Kids


Click HERE to learn more about Primerry and our online art classes for kids, which includes a full-length instructional video on how to create this Peter Rabbit!

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  • Jill Suzanne Hatcher

    I love Beatrix Potter. Great characters and techniques for kids to learn!!

  • Gaye

    As always with your resources and techniques- excellent!!!

  • Dru

    Love Beatrix and bunnies!

  • Violet

    Awesome combo I love watercolour and Peter Rabbit

  • Anne McHugh

    Lovely

  • Carolyn Bloodworth

    It looks so cute! Thank you for all your great ideas!

  • monica

    super

  • Vivian

    Thank you for this wonderful art lesson! I used this for the art classes that I teach in my home and it was a hit with the students and parents. Everyone loved this project and it was perfect for the Easter season. Thank you, Patty!

  • Margaret

    I love Beatrix as well, particularly, Peter. thank you so much for sharing!

  • mcki-b

    How can I get this Peter Rabbit handout if I’m already a member?

    • Patty

      Hi Mcki-b,
      My Peter Rabbit lesson is only available on the Deep Space Sparkle website. It’s not a lesson inside The Sparklers Club.
      If you would like to use the lesson instruction and handout for this activity, juts download directly from the website 🙂

      We do have a really sweet Rabbit lesson in the Animal Bundle. Have you seen it?

  • vickie jordan

    awesome!!

  • Cristy

    Thank you!

  • Natalie Llanos

    Hello, Patty! I was curious as to which brand/model of watercolors are shown on the Peter Rabbit lesson? I am interested in getting some for my students.

    • Bethany

      Hi Natalie! The watercolor set in the picture looks like the Talens Watercolor Pans – Transparent set of 12. I hope that helps!

  • Abygail deBoer

    I really like this

  • Mary Fitzgerald

    I’m not able to access the Peter Rabbit lesson. The CLICK TO DOWNLOAD button is not working. Please help.

    • Bethany

      Hi Mary! I just tested the link and everything is working on our end. Are you using Firefox as your browser? We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with a Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. If you add your email to the box we will send it directly to your email address. Be sure to check your spam or junk folders. You can also reach out to us at support@deepspacesparkle.com

  • cathypoppell

    I’m trying to find the video that was mention, with no success. Can you tell me where to look?

    • Patty

      We don’t have it available anymore but we do outline the steps in the blog post. Enjoy the lesson!

      • Brenda Ridder

        Is it possible to put the video back up!

        • Bethany

          Hi Brenda! Sorry, but that video is no longer available. The steps are all outlined in the blog.

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