Mixed Media Watercolor Art: Elements of Color Theory Cranky Bird Art Project



This Watercolor Painting of a Cranky Bird Art Project is a meticulously crafted package into the world of mixed media, watercolor, and the elements of art. From color theory to technique mastery, this lesson empowers you to unleash your students’ artistic potential. Say goodbye to the overwhelming planning phase and say hello to a smoother, more impactful teaching experience.


With its easy-to-follow step-by-step format, it’s like having an extra teacher by your side, empowering you to focus on what you truly love—teaching art. This incredible resource takes care of the planning and guiding aspects, freeing you to dive deeper into meaningful teaching moments with your students.


Prepare to be blown away by the stunning results this art project produces. It’s not just another addition to your middle school or high school art curriculum—it’s a game-changer that will take your student’s artwork to new heights. They’ll be bursting with gratitude for the invaluable shading skills you equip them with, and their creations will dazzle everyone who sees them.


But wait, there’s more! The materials included in this lesson are incredibly versatile, giving you the freedom to use them year after year. It’s a cost-effective and sustainable addition to your art curriculum that keeps on giving. Get ready to experience the unbeatable value and longevity this resource brings to your classroom. ♻️✨



From mastering the intricate art of color mixing to understanding the unique qualities of watercolors, your students will embark on an enriching journey that explores watercolor painting techniques. This lesson serves as the foundation for their artistic growth, equipping them with the skills to create visual masterpieces.






✅ Choose from 20 Gridded and Non-Gridded Reference Images of Cranky Birds: Choose from a diverse array of 20 gridded and non-gridded reference images, catering to students of varying abilities. This adaptable collection ensures that every student has a chance to shine, from novices to seasoned artists.


✅ Streamlined Assessment with Rubric: Simplify your assessment process with a meticulously crafted rubric. This invaluable tool offers clear criteria for evaluating your students’ shading proficiency, ensuring that you guide them toward mastery and artistic excellence.


✅ 31 Slide Editable Canva Slideshow: Each slide acts as a guiding light, leading students through the step-by-step process of painting Cranky Birds. Highlighting essential techniques and providing valuable insights, this dynamic visual presentation captures your students’ attention and deepens their understanding of this challenging artistic skill.


✅ Lesson Handout with QR Code: Simplify access to the lesson materials with a concise handout that summarizes key points and techniques. The included QR code enables students to quickly and conveniently access the lesson slideshow, facilitating self-paced learning and serving as a helpful resource for revision and review.


✅ Video Demonstration for Students: Immerse your students in the creative process with two video demonstrations that break down the project into manageable steps. They will witness the entire journey, from setting up the drawing to capturing the intricate details of the drapery folds, bringing their artwork to life.


✅ Teacher Instructions: Comprehensive teacher instructions provide you with invaluable guidance and suggestions for effectively incorporating the lesson into your art curriculum.




How to Use in the Classroom:


Present: Incorporate the presentations and the video demonstration to save precious classroom time. Your students will grasp key concepts and techniques quickly, thanks to detailed visuals and illustrative examples.


Share with Students: Be armed with answers to repetitive questions by sharing the digital resources with your students for quick and easy reference. This is great when students need a review, miss a demonstration, or are remote learning. They can access the slideshow presentations, video demonstrations, and practice worksheets from anywhere, allowing them to get quick answers to common questions, saving you from answering the same questions over and over.


Save Time Searching for Images to Draw and Paint: The ready-to-go reference images will save you and your students time searching for the perfect drapery image to draw from and eliminate the frustrations of scaling/editing the perfect image. You can laminate them and use them year after year if you would like.


Build Drawing Skills and Confidence: Use this project to reinforce and expand upon your students’ knowledge of value and shading. Witness their growth as they apply these techniques to create detailed drawings.



Why Teachers Love It:


This resource package is a HUGE TIMESAVER ⏰



❤️ Organization Factor: Have your lessons planned, prepped, and ready to go year after year.


❤️ Engaging and Interactive: The presentations, video demonstrations, and practice worksheets provide an interactive learning experience that will keep your students engaged year after year.


❤️ Step-by-Step Guidance: The detailed instructions, tips, and advice in the video demonstration and presentations will empower your students to create impressive artwork.


❤️ Confidence Booster: This project serves as a great confidence booster, allowing students to witness their artistic abilities flourish as they master the techniques of value and shading.


❤️ Versatile Resources: Whether you’re teaching in-person or remotely, this project can be adapted to suit your classroom needs.




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❓ What level of ability is this lesson suitable for?


This lesson can be used with beginner or advanced artists; however, they should have experience shading simpler shapes prior to this lesson. This project usually follows these introduction lessons on shading:


✏️ Negative Space Watercolor – Middle School Art – High School Visual Art Project

✏️Negative Space Drawing Watercolor and Marker High School Art Lesson




❓ Can this lesson be used virtually and in the classroom?


Yes, this lesson is compatible with a variety of instructional methods. Whether you use interactive whiteboards, projectors, or personal devices, you can seamlessly incorporate the lesson materials into your classroom setup. Enjoy the freedom to choose the approach that works best for you and your students. The lesson materials are easily accessible on your preferred device, making it effortless to integrate them into your virtual or in-classroom teaching practice.


❓ What materials will my students need to complete this project?


This cost-effective project only requires:





✅Reference Image

✅9″x9″ Watercolor Paper

✅Watercolor Paint

✅Watercolor Brushes

✅Rag or Towel

✅Jar of water

✅Extra Watercolor Paper



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