Hints and Tips
Watercolor paper can be Strathmore 300 – 140#. Sheets can be cut into 8 ½ by 11 pieces or 4 ½ by 6 ½ inches to fit into a standard picture frame.
Watercolor brushes can be Demco – White Taklon – Series – 970 in sizes 8, 6, 4, 2. Leave the paint brushes on table when not in use rather than in water. Your brush will last longer if the bristles are kept dry when done.
Watercolor paints can be Yarka brand with a 10 color palette. Paint sets with brush and paints can be purchased from an art store.
Backgrounds and special effects can be achieved with table salt, pickling salt, sea salt, rubbing alcohol, sponges, Saran wrap, marabou feathers, patterns, acrylic paints, sparkle and glitter glue.
Paint 1 to 3 colors inside each egg shape. The larger the egg shape, the more colors can be combined. Do not mix the colors in the paint box. The colors will blend on the paper. Let the water do the work.
Keep a little container of salt on each table or near a group of students, so the paint does not dry out before salt is added.
Change the water often. Remind students not to keep brush in the water. Keep a paper towel near each student to dab the brush if needed. If too much water is on the paper, dip the brush on the paint and it will soak up the extra water. This is called sponging up the water.
Lessons to Teach
Use the lesson to provide the meaning behind traditional Easter colors on traditional Easter eggs (known as Pysanka art). For example, black means death, and resurrection. Green means new life, and growth. Purple means royalty.
Use the lesson to teach about the detail which can be put onto the egg. Traditional Ukrainian Easter symbols, used in Pysanka art, such as a fish or cross represent Christ. A ribbon or net symbolizes eternity. Wheat and grapes symbolize a good harvest. Research the symbols you would like the students to draw.
Use the lesson to discuss warm colors (red, orange) and cool colors (blue, violet). You can teach about contrasting colors (red and green, blue and orange, yellow and blue) or about complementary colors on the color wheel.