Thursday, May 6, 2010

Observations on the Crayola Watercolor Colored Pencils Classpack

Having reviewed the Crayola watercolor pencils already, we'll just take note of a couple of details on this sturdy classpack box. According to the labeling, the pencils were manufactured in Brazil with reforested woods and contain no tropical rain forest wood. There is also a warning that some of the pencils contain colorants that might stain.
To save class time and facilitate their distribution and collection, I bound each set of 12 pencils with rubber bands. So we ended with 20 individual coloring sets in each classpack box.
The bottom of the classpack box features a handy Color Wheel that works well as a teaching aid for explaining color theory, primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors, and how to select complementary colors for maximum visual impact.
One of the main advantages of using watercolor pencils is that they provide a pretty effective painting experience while minimizing the potential for accidental spills. All the colors could be applied dry before having to use a water loaded brush to blend them. With their water solubility and washability, we were able to use these Crayola pencils at the library without problems.
We had a few coloring template options for the students to practice with their new water soluble tools.
Some picked animal coloring templates.
Many of the girls chose to work on the mermaid coloring template.
Some of the students supplemented their color options with custom palettes made by scribbling Faber Castell aquarelle sticks on scraps of paper.
With colors left dry.
With colors partially blended with a wet brush.
The students seemed to enjoy their first session with the Crayola watercolor pencils, so we'll continue to keep them as a coloring option through the rest of their cartooning course.

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