Let’s experiment with watercolors. Today, we feel inspired to paint some whales from our imagination.

Getting started

You’ll need:

  • Watercolor paper or thick paper (we used a paper plate)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towels (for dabbing your brushes and clean up)
  • Imagination
  • Optional: Table covering or smock to protect table and clothes

Watch video for inspiration…

Need an idea for getting started? Try searching online for artworks or images of whales. You might also ask yourself:

  • What type of whale will I draw? There are many kinds: Blue, humpback, beluga, etc.?
  • Will I paint something to look realistic, cartoonish or something from my imagination?
  • What colors will I use? Pastels or bright colors?
  • Will my painting have other elements, such as fish, coral, boats, scuba divers, etc.?

Remember, don’t worry about your painting looking “perfect” –  focus on your experience creating and have some fun!

More whale fun & learning…

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About our volunteer

Julia is a student at Arizona State University studying biology. She draws and paints to relax and think. You might find her at the museum helping at an event, but she’s often behind the scenes helping input data and prepping sample artworks for marketing events.