This project is full of great opportunities to teach foreground, middle ground, and background; texture, matter color techniques, organic and geometric shapes, warm and cool colors, and even a little chemistry!

Day 1– I start by having students paint wet-on-wet (watercolor on wet paper) using warm colors. We then sprinkle those papers with salt and set them aside. We then painted another sheet with wavy stripes of cool colors, allowing the stripes to overlap and colors to blend.

Day 2 — I pass out sheets of light blue construction paper, and the students’ water colored papers. By now, the salt has done some funky things to the warm color paper, absorbing water and depositing the pigments of the paint in a sand-like pattern (SCIENCE!!!!).

I instruct the students to tear the “sand” paper in half and glue to the bottom of the light blue paper for the foreground:


Then, we tear the “water” paper into strips, using the white tear line to create waves. Glue the first one overlapping the sand, then overlap each layer to just above the middle of the paper to make a horizon line:


Then, we cut out 3 “capital D” shapes and 3 triangles in small, medium, and large sizes to create boats. We glue the smallest one closest to the horizon, then the middle one a little lower, and the biggest one toward the bottom of the water:


The last step is to draw the sailboat masts on with a marker or crayon. These turned out really lovely!

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