Watercolor Techniques

If you have art supplies around your house, it’s likely you have a set of watercolor paints and very little guidance is necessary before your kids can dive in and create bold bright paintings or subtle delicate masterpieces with them. But like anything, the more they learn and explore different techniques, the more options they will have when they want to create specific effects-  like filling in small spaces without color running around or creating a sunset in the background of their picture.

This week I’m sharing some traditional watercolor techniques you can practice with your kids to get different effects, plus a few tips to care for your supplies that will make them last longer.

Here’s a video from the Intermediate Program that will have your child’s watercolor repertoire expanded in no time.

If you’d like to have watercolor supplies on hand but not sure where to begin, here’s a basic list:


Watercolor Paint

This set of eight colors provides rich, fade-resistant paint that goes on smoothly. The lid can be uses as a palette to mix additional colors. For more color options, look for Prang Oval Set of 16. Non-toxic and odor free.

Develop Focus through Drawing


The skill of focus is one of the most important lessons we can teach our kids as it underlies the acquisition of everything else our kids learn.  Often with our busy lives we unintentionally teach our kids to be expert multi-taskers, flitting from one thing to the next, and while multi-tasking can be useful, our kids also need to be able to concentrate deeply on a task at hand.


Here are three ways to cultivate your child’s ability to focus:

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How to talk to your kids about what they create


Wouldn’t it be cool if you could better understand what your child’s experience and process was when making their art? What was going through their creative mind when they drew that picture or painted that landscape?  Does their art say anything about their hopes, their dreams, or their fears?

For the final post in my series on How we Create, I want to share a tool we use in our online program called Art Talk. Art Talk helps kids think about and share their creative learning. Reflecting on the experience is often overlooked but it can be the most valuable part of creating.

Here are five great conversation starters you can use to help your child get the most out of their creative process.


Teach our Kids to Fail

We all want to raise confident and creative kids who fearlessly pursue their ideas, right? What’s the best way to accomplish this? Help them get comfortable with and learn from their failures.

In last week’s post I talked about helping your child to create a plan before diving into a project. This week is about the most challenging step in the creative process: taking action and doing the creative work to see an idea through- which often means dealing with the possibility of failure.

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