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 orangey 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:

  • 1 warm-up for the heliconia
  • 1 sheet of 10” x 14” watercolor paper
  • Masking tape
  • 1 scrap of 5” x 5” watercolor paper for the painting warm-up
  • A painting board to tape the watercolor paper onto (a piece of 12” x 16” quarter inch thick masonite works well)
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Watercolor brushes: #2 and #6
  • 1 small set of watercolors

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Approximate Time  to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 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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