Heart themed watercolour lesson linked to Olafur Eliasson and climate change



Students create beautiful watercolour heart paintings. Inspired by the environmentally aware art of Olafur Eliasson. The lesson is a great one-off activity and can to link to Earth Day or Valentine’s Day.

The four-page handout starts by introducing the artist. Then it gives full instructions for exploring watercolour painting techniques. Students are encouraged to annotate their work. Finally, there is a wordsearch included to recap key vocabulary.

Also included are further research ideas. Great for a follow-up homework or continuing the project.

This lesson is simple and effective. These is lots of opportunity for discussion too.

Materials needed are:

  • thick paper
  • paper towels
  • watercolour paints
  • brushes

In addition salt, ice and wax crayons are optional to extend the experimentation with painting techniques.


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