Transitional Drawings

Lesson Plan, Grades 5-12, Art, Science, Sax, Drawing


Lesson Plan and Artwork by Joe Culotta

Water-soluble pastels are easy to apply wet or dry. They blend easily and are ideal for color mixing. These pastels allow students to easily make the transition between drawing and painting.


  • Develop a motif from nature.
  • Apply various drawing and painting techniques to art work.
  • Achieve a blending between the various drawing and painting techniques in the project.

Supplies Needed

Reeves® Water Soluble Wax Pastel, Assorted Colors, Pack of 24
Sax® Watercolor Paper School Pack, Natural White, 90lb, 12x18", Pack of 100
Sax® True Flow White Sable Short Hardwood Brush Watercolor Brush Set, Set of 4
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Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Anchor Standard #5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Anchor Standard #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to art.



Students will develop a drawing from nature on watercolor paper using water soluble pastels.


Establish outline design on watercolor paper with pencil and trace using selected water-soluble oil pastels.


Use a variety of color and shading techniques during the dry drawing phase of the project.


After the basic design is established, fill in with value and shading techniques.


Using a directional background technique, fill the background negative spaces.


Use water and watercolor brush to blend and soften background spaces first and then work into detail elements.


After the artwork is dry, use a dry pastel in blended areas to re-establish lost details.

Tip: Try dipping the water soluble wax pastels in water for a different effect.