Moonlight Harvest

Lesson Plan, Grades 7-12, Art, Math, Language Arts, Science, History, General Pencil, Drawing, Mixed Media


Lesson Plan and Artwork by Phyllis M. Annett

General’s Kimberly Watercolor Pencils and General’s Multi-Pastel Pencils will be the vibrant colorful vehicles for students to create a painting with a humorous ‘Story Telling’ theme. This project will be done on a heavy mixed media toned blue paper to hone student’s artistic and language arts skills.


  • Create and gain first hand knowledge of the applications, techniques and effects of watercolor and pastel pencils on a heavy mixed media toned blue paper.
  • Gain an appreciation of the mixed media process itself.
  • Interject ‘humor’ into their art work with skills gained in the application of Language Arts, as well as those from Visual Arts.
  • Put into practice the Elements and Principles of Art & Design.

Supplies Needed

General's® Kimberly® Watercolor Pencils, Assorted Colors, Set of 24
General's® MultiPastel® Chalk Pencils, Assorted Colors, Set of 36
General's® Number 555 Layout® Pencils, Extra Soft, Black, Pack of 12
Factis® Magic Latex-Free Eraser, 1-5/8 x 1 x 7/16 Inches, Black, Pack of 18
The Master's® Non-Toxic Water Soluble Brush Cleaner, 2.5 Ounce
The Master's® Non-Toxic Water Soluble Brush Cleaner and Preserver, 24 Ounce Tub
Sax® Trim Short Handle Watercolor Paint Brushes, Assorted Sizes, Pack of 36
School Smart® Kraft Paper Sheets, 60 lb, 12 x 18 Inches, Brown, Pack of 100
Jack Richeson™ Single-Pointed End Blending Tortillons, Pack of 36
Saral® Wax-Free Transfer Paper, 12-1/2 Inches x 12 Feet, White
Strathmore® 400 Series Toned Blue Mixed Media Pad, 11 x 14 Inches, 184 lb, 15 Sheets
School Smart® Plastic Ruler, Inches and Metric, 12 Inches, Clear, Pack of 10
Krylon® Workable Fixatif Varnish Spray, 11 Ounces
3M® 301+ Performance Yellow Masking Tape, 0.75 Inch x 60 Yards
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Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Standard #5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Standard #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.



Inform students that they will be using both General Pencils Kimberly Watercolor and Multi-Pastel Pencils to create a painting that evokes ‘Story Telling in Art’ with the use of a humorous theme and title. The painting will enable students to draw upon their Language Arts skills as well as those from the Visual Arts. The old phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ fits this lesson plan!


Show students the paintings of both J.M.W. Turner (1775 -1851) and current day artist, Johanned Vloothuis who incorporated watercolors and pastels in their mixed media work creating mood and depth.


Instruct Students to: Research mixed media painting and discover techniques and artists that used the method.


Review the Elements and Principles of Design.


Brainstorm for humorous ideas for their compositions.


Use brown kraft paper to develop a balanced composition in the form of a line drawing.


Instruct students on how to use transfer paper to transfer their designs onto the toned blue paper.


Use pieces of toned blue paper to test watercolor pigments and observe effects on the colors and values when using a colored ground.


Review and practice watercolor painting techniques i.e. washes, layering, wet into wet, lifting colors, stippling, and blending. Note that General’s Kimberly Watercolor Pencils have vibrant colors that can be blended with a brush, drawn directly into washes, or dipped into water for intense color, are semi- transparent, and excellent for layering. Colors can be lifted from the substrate by using the Factis Magic Black Eraser!


Review and practice Pastel Pencil Techniques: i.e. working from dark to light, feathering, dusting, scumbling, using just the point for linear marks and holding it on its side to cover bigger areas. The Pastel Pencils will add depth and mood to the work but must be applied only on dry water colored areas.


Using a very light-colored pastel pencil, block in light and dark area of the painting on the toned blue paper. Note that the Multi-Pastel Pencils have a combination eraser/burnisher tip and work well for this project also.


Start painting with the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils and slowing build up layers of color. Keep the theme of the painting in mind to help develop little added details to get your humorous point across to the viewer.


Let the painting fully dry before applying pastel over the pigments or else you will cause scrubbing marks in the paper.


Complete the painting and application of pastels where desired.


Set aside time for a session to develop evaluation tools for students to evaluate their own work and the work of others.


Display all work and enjoy it.