Marker painting can be a lot of fun if you know what tools and materials you need to get started. In this video tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to select the most suitable brushes, paper, and markers for your art lesson. Then, I’ll demonstrate some drawing and painting tips, tricks, and techniques. This will ensure your student’s success in creating their art project. Lastly, watch me quickly create a marker painting.
This video is meant for both art and classroom teachers as a preparatory demonstration before painting. It goes hand-in-hand with the roll-a-dice games I have in my shop. And it’s great for arts integration in regular and special education classrooms, too.
Teaching a Marker Painting Art Lesson
The first time you play one of my art or art history games with your students, explain the basic rules. There are five rolls of the die. Each roll will be to select one element for the project. Next, they copy the tracer onto another sheet of paper. You can line up as many kids that will fit at a window as possible to copy it. They can also use tech devices like iPads and computer monitors as a light source for tracing. Whatever you’ve got, make it work. And if you think you’ll be in a pinch for time, do what I do and pre-trace the image for them. This is most helpful for younger students.
It’s at that point that they need some simple guidelines for drawing, which I discuss in the video above. When I’m teaching one of these lessons, I have three kinds of students: runners, walkers, and sleepers.
The runners need little or no directions. They get it right away.
The walkers need a guide on the side. That’s where you come in. I stand at the front of my room and direct students who need help in drawing one of the motifs/patterns on the page. I do all my demonstrating on my Elmo/Eno.
Then there are the sleepers. They don’t get it. I pair them up with a runner so they have someone to keep an eye on them.
Lastly, I leave out scrap paper for students to make mini tracers as well as markers and cups of water. Kids help themselves to what they need.
After I’ve played the game once, they pretty much remember what to do!