12" x 18" white paper
Black water-proof marker (Sharpie Brand is great)
Colored markers (I use Crayola Brand)
Liquid watercolor (blues and a green/black)
Optional: Embellishments such as paper scraps, sequins, etc.
Drawing Lady Liberty:
For this project, I decided against pencils and erasers. Fifth graders tend to be perfectionists and if given a pencil, will toil away for hours getting the draping just right. Of course, if you are doing this project at home and time is not a concern, go ahead, use a pencil. But in my opinion, learning to draw without an eraser is very rewarding.
I often ask my students to draw with just a marker. In order for this to work, you need to do a little work yourself. I demonstrate different ways to draw Lady Liberty on the white board. I use a marker (or course) and prove that if mistakes happen, they can be "fixed". Try this yourself and make sure that not one of your finished Lady Liberty's are perfect. The drapes on the dress, the curls in the hair and points on the crown all yield well to mistakes, so really try to instill in your students that mistakes happen and you can still have great art.
Remember to mention that if the kids run out of room, it's okay to go off the page.
Painting Lady Liberty:
Once the students complete the drawing of Lady Liberty and the background, set out a limited palette of watercolor paints. I like to combine green and black liquid watercolors to achieve the patina of the statue. If you don't have liquid watercolors, use food coloring. It works great.
Suggest that the students consider painting the statue green (they don't have to paint it all) and the water and sky. Big spaces=watercolor. Little spaces=marker.
Coloring the Details:
Once the paint is dry, pull out the markers. If you are a teacher, finishing the watercolor will allow you to manage the completion of this project better. Students who have completed the drawing and watercolor parts, can return to this project anytime to finish the coloring. Pulling out markers is much easier than prepping watercolor paint.
If you have any embellishments in your art closest, bring them out now. Some kids like to use sequins in the crown or skyscrapers. Since I have tons of painted paper scraps, I allow the students to access that as well. Some will chose to embellish, others won't.
Fifth Grade Results!