Hints and Tips
Use watercolor paper, watercolor paints and brushes as suggested in part 1 of this series.
Keep the brush out of the water when not painting. Sponge up excess water from the painting by putting the brush on the water and dabbing it onto a paper towel.
Paint the top 1/3 of the paper as sky in oranges and yellows, then leave a blank area, then paint the bottom 1/3 of the paper with hills. This creates a sunset effect and simpler look. Paint the fencepost to look like birch bark by painting it in blacks and whites.
Lessons to Teach
Use this project to teach about perspective. If students want to create a second fencepost in the distance, it should be shorter and narrower as you approach the horizon.
Use this lesson to teach about creating 3 dimensions, by having the wire wrap around the fencepost and disappear behind the post, rather than straight across the post.
Use the lesson to teach about warm colors such as red, orange, yellow and brown as in a sunset background. The colors purple, red and pink can be used in sunsets also. Different amounts of dust particles in the air create different kinds of sunsets.
This simple and easy watercolor painting project will be enjoyable for the student who wants to create a realistic birch bark fencepost in a summer scene. The background painting techniques are easy to follow and create beautiful results. Suggestions for colors and effects help students create a nice finished scene that they will want to frame when done.
Photo credits: Lila Kallstrom