February 16, 2016 Sugirdha 0Comment

MonoPrinting Sunset 3a.jpg

Here is a simple icebreaker lesson I created for a group of new lower primary (7 to 9 years old) students. It sure was a hit, uses quite a number of fun techniques and made the kids feel ‘grown up’ on the first day of art class.

You need:

  • A4 sheet of painting paper. I suggest cutting your paper into half if you’re using drawing block. This project is better done in small size.
  • Dark coloured construction paper, preferably brown or black
  • Pencil/marker for drawing the boat
  • A pair of scissors
  • Tempera paint:
    • Blue
    • Turquoise/light blue
    • White
    • Yellow
    • Orange
    • Red
  • 1 large round/flat paint brush
  • A wide toothed comb or other object for creating lines


Who says you can’t start playing with blue paint on the first day?

  1. Fold the paper into half horizontally.
  2. Start painting blue on the bottom, blending turquoise and white as you move upward. Stop when you reach the fold.
  3. Use the comb to create waves.


(Your sea should be dry by the end of this step. If your paint doesn’t dry that fast, go on to build your boat first before working on the sky)

  1. Paint the centre of the horizon yellow and blend with orange and red as you move upward and outward.
  2. Paint quickly as you move. It doesn’t need to be perfect and any flaws in brush stroke will represent unique cloud formation.
  3. Once the whole paper is covered, take white paint on a clean brush and add some  sun rays from the middle towards the edge of the sky. Clean the brush every time you load it with fresh paint.
  4. Again, it’s ok to have some paint smudge but make sure you move quickly as you need your paint to be still wet for the next step.


  1. Make sure the sea is dry and the sky still has fresh, wet paint.
  2. Use the fold at the horizon made at the beginning and fold the sheet.
  3. Then press.

Here you go! You have some of the sky reflected on the sea surface.


  1. Draw a simple boat on the construction paper. In our case, we drew a few shapes to create the boat so that it’s easy to cut.
  2. Cut out the boat.
  3. Once the above 3 parts of the painting are done, paste the boat on the painting.


Sit back and enjoy your beautiful sunset boats.

MonoPrinting Sunset 1.jpg

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