These printable Watercolor Art Cards feature paintings by a variety of artists from many different eras in art history.
Watercolor has never been as popular among artists as oil paints. Partly this is because of the vivid color and ease of use of oil paints as compared to watercolors. Watercolor dries very quickly and once it is laid down it cannot be manipulated further or covered over with more layers. Still watercolor has been extensively used by many fine artists of every art era. There are very few artists who painted exclusively in watercolor, but there are many oil painters who also used watercolor as a medium.
Free Printable Watercolor Art Cards
Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines. In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The pdf includes 6 pages of art cards and one page of instructions. Click on the image below to go to the free pdf.
You can use the Watercolor Art Cards as a matching game with the images in one group and the descriptions in the other. The kids can choose a card from each group, read the description, and see if they match. In the process they’re learning the name of the piece, the artist, and a little about the painting.
They can also be used as flash cards. Hold up an image card and see if the kids can remember the name of the piece, the artist, details about the painting, or all three. You can give out points for correct answers if you like.
On each card a date, or approximate date, of when the piece was done is included. Arrange the cards in chronological order. Can you see a progression of technique, style, or subject matter? Can you arrange the cards in other ways according to different categories?
After the kids are familiar with these pieces, they can look up the artists online or in art books and see if they can recognize his style in other paintings.