Watercolor Resist Castles for First Grade

First graders completed their watercolor resist castles. We started out by looking at photos of real castles, focusing on the roofline, moat, towers, and drawbridge. I modeled a castle drawing. Students were free to draw along with me or create their own castles. We started with pencil, then outlined in black crayon. Kids colored the castle with crayons. They had the option of using white crayons to make swirls or stars in the sky above their castles. We then painted using watercolors. Here are the results:

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This is the second part of our “royal art” unit. We have now made castles AND clay dragons to guard them. Next we go on to our royal self-portraits and knights in shining armor project.

Does anyone have suggestions for fairy tale or other literature as a wrap up to this unit?

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