second grade watercolor landscapes

Here is a closer look at the watercolor landscapes I featured in the second grade Artist Explorer show. I was inspired by the beautiful project created by Anne Wilbur here.

This was a very successful project on many levels. It was a great way to introduce a variety of watercolor skills, the collage portion allowed for lots of creativity and collaboration, and it was the perfect companion to this project.

We started with the clouds. They worked to leave the white of the paper in creating their chosen cloud type. This was after we spent lots of time looking at cloud formations in art here. Next year, I'll be adding this cloud finder to the mix!

I love the variety of moods created in these landscapes. Some are still and serene, some are stormy, and some you can feel the wind blowing across the lonely prairie!