I have seen this lesson around the internet for several years now. This was our twist on it. I did this with first graders. We have a 45 minute art block so they really did an amazing job!
I always pop the black and brown paint out of my watercolor pan paints. I feel like those two colors can destroy a beautiful watercolor painting in seconds when in the untrained hands of a wee one.I keep those paint pans in a tray in the cupboard just for lessons like this one.
To get them started, we looked at images of superheroes. We talked about the superheroes, their logos, their super powers and how to convey a sense of strength when drawing an image of ourselves.
We also talked about what their super powers are: good at math, great at reading, kind friend, fun sibling, best baseball player, etc. etc. Then students drew a city background in oil pastel and washed over it with black watercolor paint.
They created an image of themselves as a super hero complete with superhero costume and their own logo. Then they cut and pasted it over the cityscape.
One family recently told me that they had the image their child created put on a t-shirt for a family member’s birthday gift-what a great idea!