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Lesson by Sandi Arthur
Teacher Notes

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Project Description:

Spring showers bring a great opportunity to learn two special ways to use watercolor pencils and try our hand at pattern making. This project lets kids really use their imagination. There are so many ways to do it and so many extra details they can add!   There is also an "1  Minute History of Umbrellas" that is fun to share before the project.   Feel free to use the K-1 videos with older kids, or K-1 with younger.  They are suggestions.

K-1 notes:  One main video supplied with both drawing and watercolor pencil drawing steps.  If they aren't using watercolor you can stop after the drawing and color with what you have.  Video drawing steps are a little simpler. The history video link is in the optional extension section.  

2-12 notes: Multiple videos appear for the lesson.  They are split into (1) history (2) drawing & coloring with watercolors and (Bonus) optional Pattern Demo video available. 

Supply Notes:   

* Project supplies are flexible. School chairs will determine what supplies they plan to use. 

* If the project is to be done at home, it can be done with basic supplies. 

* Optional handouts are available. 

Links to the Lesson for Students:


OR (bypass web page and go straight to main video)

Bonus: A 1 Minute of the History of the Umbrella Link:

Suggested Supplies:

Basic Supplies:  paper, pencil, eraser, black writing tool, something to color with (crayons, colored pencils or markers), handouts*  (*optional)

Upgraded Supplies:  Use watercolor paper, ultra-thin sharpie, watercolor pencils, flat brush, water cups, paper towel.  Optional Pearl Metallic paint.

Additional Teacher Resources 

Slides Lesson  (similar to the main project videos but in slide form) 

Lesson Plan (more information for docents and/or teachers)

Handouts - Various (4 different possible pages, optional.  Also in Lesson Plan)

Videos on Google Drive - if you want to download and use it outside of YouTube:

Video Lesson K-1 on Google Drive  

Video Lesson 2-12 on Google Drive  (includes drawing and water color pencils combined)

Video Bonus - 1 Minute History of the Umbrella on Google Drive

Video Bonus - Pattern Tutorial on Google Drive

Special thanks to: 

Sandi Arthur for creating this lesson for us!

Questions or Comments?

Please contact your school HOA chair or

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