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Summer 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 Adalynn, grade three. wrinkled but unfolded tissue paper over their drawings and pressed it onto the wet paper. It was time for the real fun to begin. After a discussion of paint- ing with watercolors, students b egan painting on top of their tis- sue paper. They were enthralled w ith the way the wrinkles in the tissue paper made the paint seep across their papers in unique pat - terns. I encouraged them to vary t heir colors to suit their drawings. For example, if a student created a fish drawing, they could use cool colors for their background paint - ings. Having said this, I also told t hem they could use any colors and they wanted to create an interesting background. The Crackle Effect S tudents really enjoyed doing the wet-on-wet painting through the tissue paper but wanted to peek under the paper to see how it was going. They quickly discovered that peeking caused the interesting lines to dissipate, so that discouraged that practice. The papers were left to dry with the tissue paper still attached. The following class ses- sion began with the great unveiling of the paintings. When students peeled back the tissue paper, they were amazed and delighted with the crackled results. Final Thoughts Everyone felt successful in this les- son but the real success was how w onderful and vibrant the back- grounds looked. I would recom- mend making sure that students u se a greater amount of water than paint. Students who didn't fol- low this and utilized a great deal o f paint spent quite a bit of time plucking the stuck tissue paper off their papers, while those who used the watercolors correctly were able to move on to other projects. Melanie Robinson is an art teacher at Cedar Springs Elementary School in House Springs, Missouri. mrobinson@ northwestschools.org Students were excited to have the opportunit o pla and explore the different things oil pastels can do. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K Tutorial: www.fantasticfunandlearn- ing.com/tissue-paper-art.html

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