Visual journals are always my students' favorite project of the year. It is a space for them to express themselves, experiment with materials, and take a break from regular projects. It is a great project for middle school and high school age students.
This worksheet is a great guide for how to use acrylic paint to get a variety of effects. When visual journaling, students often ask me what they should do next. I love having these handouts on hand that I can give them to refer to, and inspire their next page.
On the front are seven techniques for using acrylic paint, described verbally and visually. On the back are examples of all seven techniques. If you have the resources to print this on the back of the worksheet for each student, it is a great visual guide. If you are tight on color printing you can project this image while explaining the project or print a single version students can look at.
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