MIDDLE SCHOOL STEAM ART
I teach art for a 7th/ 8th grade STEAM elective. This project incorporates engineering thinking with drawing & painting.
***I do not use the brush that comes with the watercolor set, it’s too small & flimsy. Royal Langnickel is my go to for brushes. These are great for watercolor and acrylic.
I started the lesson by giving the kids a few minutes to draw a bicycle on scratch paper, without showing them any type of example. Then I showed them the example of the project and discussed how parts of a bike have to be in correct place for it to be a working bicycle. Out of 30 students, only 2 drew a bicycle that could actually work. That in itself can be a fun mini lesson.
On watercolor paper we then go step by step through a drawing of the bicycle in pencil and go over it in sharpie. Then watercolor in the background.