MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making

Students explore what happens when water is used with original (not washable) markers.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Art Techniques
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

geometric shapes ink line transparent

Materials

Crayola Original Markers Crayola Marker and Watercolour Paper Water Containers Paint Brushes Masking Tape Plastic Placemat Paper Towels

Steps

MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step One

Step One

  1. Tape 4 pieces of paper (11.4 cm x 15.3 cm) to a plastic mat.
  2. Make sure you put tape on all 4 sides of each piece of paper.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Draw some geometric shapes on one piece of paper.
  2. Use the broad side of the marker tip.
  3. Paint water into the marker line.
  4. Pull the colour into the shape.  
  5. Repeat with each shape.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Notice what happens if you place a wet brush into the marker and pull a thin line of colour away from the edge of the shape.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Colour some marker onto a plastic lid.
  2. Use the flat side of the marker.
  3. Paint a small amount of water into the marker ink.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Use the ink to paint flat colour into the background spaces.
  2. Notice what happens if you paint this colour over the dry shapes.​
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Try something new in the next box.
  2. Dots and lines are interesting.
  3. Paint a small amount of water into the marks.
  4. Experiment with how you apply the water.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Try something new in the next box.
  2. Vary the thickness, colour and length of your marks.
  3. See what happens when you put lots of water on the marks. 
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Try wetting the paper before you make any marks.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Draw directly onto the wet paper.
  2. Vary the thickness and direction of your marks.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Gently remove the tape from the papers.
  2. Notice how the tape created a border for your experiments.
MARKER PLUS WATER TECHNIQUE – Mark Making - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

  1. Glue your experiments into your sketchbook (or onto a piece of paper).
  2. For each one, answer these questions:
    - What does it remind you of?
    - What would this technique be good for if you were making a picture?

 

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a variety of marks using markers;
  2. Use water with the marker to create a variety of effects;
  3. Compare the effects of different brush strokes and amounts of water on marks made with marker;
  4. Build on their own and others’ discoveries to generate new ideas;
  5. Explain their process;
  6. Express opinions about the works; and
  7. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  1. Set up a work area that students may visit when they are finished other work early, or need a break.
  2. Challenge them to continue experimenting with the Water + Marker technique adding salt that can be sprinkled on wet ink, and crayons that can be used in a resist technique.
  3. Have them post their experiments with a brief explanation of their process on a central bulletin board so they can learn from each other.

Prepare

  1. Place students in groups so they can share ideas.
  2. Spread newspaper on tables for easy clean up.
  3. Provide paper towel, water containers and paintbrushes for each student/group.
  4. Cut Crayola Marker and Watercolour paper into pieces 11.4 cm x 15.3 cm (4.5 in x 6 in)
  5. Place 4 pieces of paper, tape, plastic mat, water, brushes and markers at a central table for your demonstration.
  6. Pre-tape most of the sides of the paper to speed things up.

Introduction

  1. Explain that markers contain transparent ink that can be used in a variety of ways.
  2. Ask students to share what they know about using markers.
  3. Explain that today's class is for experimenting with markers and water. 
  4. It's a time to play with ideas and see what happens.
  5. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create lots of different marks using all the colours in the marker box.
  2. Push yourself to generate new ideas.
  3. Use water in a variety of ways to change the marks you made with markers.
  4. Explain your process.
  5. Express opinions about your own and others' works. 
  6. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when my experiments have:
    - different marks and shapes 
    - different ways of using water 
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Demonstrate how to tape the papers to the plastic mat.
  5. Be sure to put tape around all 4 sides of each piece of paper.
  6. Demonstrate what happens when water is added to the marker marks.
  7. Encourage students to work with colour combinations, brush strokes and amount of water to get unique effects.
  8. Once most students have completed their first experiment stop the class and ask students to either share what they did, or do a walk-about to see what others did.
  9. Observe students as they work. 
  10. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

 

Sharing

  1. Have students work with a partner or in small groups.
  2. Ask them to:
    Discuss the effects of the water and marker.
    Talk about how the different images make them feel. 
    Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects.
    Consider how doing these experiments might help them if they were creating a picture.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work. Ask questions about their process and discoveries.

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