This assignment is one that is tried and true for my with my 6th graders.
I call it Symmetrical Reflection Resist.
1. Fold a heavy weight white paper in half to create a water line.
2. Students prepare a design of something floating on the water or something by the water.
Note: the water should not be in the plan, just what is above the water (sky, land, landscape)
This design can be on the beach, by the river, or by a pond.
3. Draw the design on the top half of the paper, letting the bottom of the design to sit on the fold line.
4. Out line design in sharpie.
5. While paper is folded, hold design side at window or tracing table and trace the design onto the reverse side lightly with a pencil. This will be the water reflection.
6. Open paper.
7. Using non-washable crayons, color parts of design on the original sharpie drawing.
8. After coloring each section at top original side, use the same color crayon to draw hard strong horizontal lines on the same image on the reverse "water reflection"side.Leave some spaces inbetween the lines so that paper shows through. YOu will also have to do this for any part of the reflection that was white on the original design (or it will turn blue instead of white on the next step).
9. Use blue watercolor on the bottom half of the painting directly on top of crayon. The wax will resist the watercolor and leave the reflection as desired.
YOU ARE DONE WHEN DRY! yeahhhhh!
Above three steps are art of Tabitha Seaton- Art Director
Alternative Computer Lab Lesson
Design a picture in paint, copy image, reverse horizontally, connect to bottom, then draw blue and white horizontal lines on the bottom half to look like water ripples.
Also, visit here for a more advanced lesson on reflection resists...
better for a high school lesson...