Mixed Media Winter Tree

This activity combines two mediums (watercolor and collage) and has both an exploratory, process-based step and a more focused, compositional step. In other words, a little something for everyone. The salt mixed with the watercolor will create an interesting and somewhat surprising snow storm effect that is sure to please. If you find this lesson after the holiday/winter season, you can always make a night sky and let the salt effect become the shining stars. Enjoy! 

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Students will learn and experiment with a new watercolor technique.

Students will learn how to make a shape by using graduated sizes of paper strips.

Students will experience combining two distinct processes to create mixed media piece of artwork.

  • One piece of watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints/brush
  • Table, Sea or Kosher salt
  • Magazines or colored/patterned craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Steps: See Video