Hints and Tips
For watercolor paper, brushes and paint suggestions, see part 1 Hints and Tips of this series.
Do not mix the colors in the paint box. The colors will blend on the paper. Make sure to cover all the white spaces on the paper. Add more water if the surface dries as you work.
If using salt, 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. Pickling salt will produce more noticeable effects than table salt. Wipe salt off as soon as paint is dry so it does not stick to the paper.
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. The extra water can be dabbed onto paper towel.
Use the lesson to teach the colors of the rainbow and their order. Students who want to use a different order other than red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, should be allowed to try it. The rainbow colors can be used on the umbrella.
Use the lesson to teach about the song “Singing in the Rain" and teach how to draw musical notes. Use the lesson to teach about the symbol of the rainbow in the Bible as a covenant with Noah.
Use the lesson to discuss warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) and cool colors (blue, indigo, violet). Discuss why meanings of colors such as green are a sign of spring. Discuss color descriptions such as "sunshine yellow" and why we describe feelings with color such as "feeling blue".