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Watercolors and Birds

May 12, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

This week the Sky Class began exploring with watercolor.

Watercolor helps children…

  • slow down
  • add texture to a painting
  • watch paint dry and think about when to apply more paint and how much water to use
  • learn about color mixing

What are watercolors like?

What do you know about water color?


When you dip them in the paint and put it on the paper, it shows up on the back.

Water colors are watery.

You dip the paintbrush into the paint and take it out.

Meanwhile at the park they noticed birds and thought…

What is that bird with the red belly?

At my Nana and Papa’s house, there is a bird feeder and different types of birds come to eat.

I saw a hawk come really close to my window at home.


With this enthusiasm, the children began studying birds by closely observing fiction books all about birds.

Next the children used a flair pen to make observational drawing of birds.

Finally they will use watercolors to paint their observational drawings.

Stay tuned!

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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