Water Color Resistance Drawing

Grades 1-2

Art 207-04, Group 7

Lynette Goings, Stacy Skinner, Jodie Silva, Page Petersen





The history of elementary art in our classrooms can be incorporated not only in art class but also is reflected in other areas of study.  This lesson plan correlates with a science unit currently underway that deals with substances that mix and those that do not. Much as oil resists water, crayons also resists watercolor with varying amounts of pressure.




1.      Student will learn to create various color combinations using water color and crayons.

2.      Student will learn that various substances, including crayon wax repel water.

3.      Student will learn to combine images using various textures.

4.      Student will learn basic forms of various animals.


Student Materials:

Water color paper (9X12), various crayons, paint brushes, newspaper, water color paint, water


Teacher Materials:

Food coloring, oil, water, clear plastic cups, teacher examples



Resistance, texture, watercolor, pressure



1.      Introduction-Teacher will do experiment in front of class with food coloring, oil, and water.
The class will help to brainstorm other substances that resist each other.

2.      Students will cover table with newspaper or butcher paper.

3.      The students will each have one strip of water color paper where they will experiment with
different amounts of pressure to find what pressure works best to resist water color.

4.      The student will then sketch an animal design on a 9x12 piece of water color paper using various crayons,
textures, and heavy pressure.

5.      The student will use water color to paint over the picture. Let the picture dry.

6.      Cleanup-Students will set painting aside to dry and discuss what they learned about pressure and texture.


Artistic Development:


This is a great activity for first and second graders. They are just beginning to draw figures and make shapes.
Though these shapes often are not drawn relative to one another they do show emotional and physical importance.
The drawings usually consist of geometrical figures such as squares, triangles, or circles to show people or objects.




Emphasis Art (pp.268)