Marker Makeover

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Repurpose old markers by turning them into watercolor paints. Use your fresh new watercolors to paint still lifes, portraits, landscapes and or abstract designs.

What You Need: 

  • Old markers, like Crayola or RoseArt. Completely dried out will work. Don’t use permanent markers. 
  • Water 
  • Small containers 
  • Paper 
  • Paintbrush 

 

What You Do: 

  1. Test your markers to determine which markers are dried out and which markers still work. 
  2. Separate the old markers into piles that are similar colors or colors that mix well, like all of the different shades of blue in one pile or red, yellow and orange in a pile. 
  3. Fill containers with a small amount of water. Less water=more vibrant colors. 
  4. Remove the caps from the markers and place several markers of the same color palette in each container of water.  At least 3 markers work best. 
  5. Let the markers sit in the water for 10-15 minutes.  The longer they sit, the more vibrant the color. 
  6. Use the paints to paint a beautiful masterpiece.  
  7. Blot paint with a paper towel if it gets too wet.  Using a drier brush will make the paint darker. 
  8. Add a lid to each container and the paints will keep so you can use them again. 

 

Words to Use: 

  • Vibrant: Bright and strong color. 
  • Blot: To make a wet surface dry by pressing soft paper or cloth on it. 
  • Primary colors: One of the three colors - redyellow, and blue - which you mix together to make secondary colors. 

 

What to Talk About: 

  • What happens when you mix two colors? 
  • What do you think will happen when we soak the markers in water? Why? 
  • Tell me about your painting? 

 

Change It Up: 

  • Research famous masterpieces and try to replicate one of your favorites. 
  • Collaborate on a painting as a family.  Let each family member contribute to the piece. 
  • Write a story and paint your illustrations. 
  • Paint several paintings and put them on display. Pretend it’s an art gallery and invite your family to come for a tour. 

Learning Connections:  

  • Creativity 
  • Imagination 
  • Visual-Spatial Thinking 
  • Fine Motor Development 
  • Using Tools 

 

Curriculum Connections:  

  • Visual Arts: K.V.1.2, K.V.2.3, K.V.3.2, K.V.3.3, 1.V.1.2, 1.V.2.1, 1.V.2.3, 1.V.3.1, 1.V.3.2, 1.V.3.3., 2.V.1.2, 2.V.1.2.1, 2.V.2.3, 2.V.3.1, 2.V.3.3, 3.V.1.2, 3.V.2.1, 3.V.2.2, 3.V.2.3

 

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