Birds on a Wire; a color theory refresher.
30 minutes, plus 10 for clean up.
You could easily pad this out by adding steps, which will be listed below with an asterisk.
1. Instruct the students in drawing three lines across their vertically oriented page, leaving plenty of space between lines. I have them a goal of minimum 3 inches of space between their lines.
2. Draw three large circles floating above each line.
3. Add two lines below each circle, to connect it to the wire. These are the birds' legs.
4. Add a few simple bird details. I shows a beak, small wings, eyes, and a little tuft of feathers on top. Some students chose to keep it simple and some chose to add much more.
5. *Trace all pencil work with a black marker to protect the integrity of the lines and design before adding the watercolors. (If you don't include this step be sure to instruct your students to paint lightly so as not to sacrifice their pencil details.)
6. The top three birds are for PRIMARY colors. Review the primary colors and fill in the circles.
7. The second row of three birds is for SECONDARY colors. Review secondary colors. Challenge your students to place the secondary colors in these birds in relation to the birds above. For example, "If the birds just above this circle are red and yellow, which bird down here would be the secondary color created by those? Yes, the orange bird should go there."
8. The third row is for for TERTIARY colors. Review tertiary options and allow the students to choose three of their favorites to practice blending and mixing.
9. *Time permitting, allow the students to create a fourth line on their page and expressed a second set of tertiary options. Express that each bird on their page should display a unique color.
10. *Time permitting, paint the surrounding page a soft sky blue of the students' own creation. After all that color mixing practice they will be thrilled to create a perfect sky tone.