Art Classes: Level IV

Level IV-Art Lesson 4: The Hawaiian Heliconia

Learn to draw a flower and discover how easy it is to use watercolor pencils

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

Have you ever noticed how many varieties of red there are—from the purplish red of red cabbage to the orange red of a ripe tomato?  Similarly, the green colors in plants vary from blue-green to yellow-green.

This lesson gives students a chance to sharpen their sense of color while learning to imitate the heliconia’s range of reds and greens.  Since watercolor pencils are easier to control and mix than regular watercolors, we will use watercolor pencils as our primary medium.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the heliconia.


List of Supplies for Each Student:


Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:


Social Studies:


  • Heliconias
  • Other plants in Hawaii
    • Find several books about Hawaii's habitats.
    • Ancient Polynesians brought many plants on their canoes when they came to Hawaii. Learn about these "canoe plants." Find pictures of them here.
    • Learn how settlers affected the kinds of plants and animals that now live in Hawaii.
    • For a list of plants that are native to Hawaii, click here. For pictures of them, click here.



Approximate Time  to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Adding watercolor: 55 minutes
  • Total time: 80 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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