Uniquely Singapore

Exploring Our National Identity

Lesson 1

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Learning Activity 1

Watercolours are water-based pigments. Pigments are coloured materials derived from earths, rocks, plants, or chemicals. These  pigments ar dissolved in water and then dried into a powder in the form of cakes or tablets. When water is added, the powdered pigment becomes liquid again.

Watch the video below to see how watercolours are made.

Share Your Learning 

Think of one interesting thing  you have learnt about watercolours from the video.

You can craft your answer using the Thinking Routine, "I used to think.... But now I think..."

Share your thoughts with a partner.

Did   You   Know?

Historically, watercolour is one of the oldest paints. Around 15,000 to 10,000 BC, prehistoric artists focused on images of the natural world around them. Original cave paintings were made by mixing pigments with animal fat or spit.  Eventually regular water was used to replace these substances.

If you are interested to learn more about the history of watercolours, you can watch the video found here.


Learning Activity 2

Let's explore and experiment with watercolour.

Watch the video to see how this artists uses the medium. 


How do you feel about this artwork?

             Thumbs Up

if you like this artwork. 


             Thumbs Sideways

if you are not sure if you like this artwork.

             Thumbs Down

if you do not like this artwork.

What makes you say that?

Share your thoughts with a partner

Let's Investigate!

What happens when you combine salt and watercolour?

What is the science behind the effect of salt on watercolour?


Play & Learn

What have you learnt about watercolour so far? Try this word search of all things watercolour!

Art Challenge

Watercolour is a fun and exciting medium to use. 

Let's explore  watercolours  to create an abstract watercolour painting. 


30 minutes


A3 Paper

Watercolour Palette



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