High School & Middle School Art Project: Watercolor Painting & Gelli Print


Teach your middle or high school art students about watercolor techniques and how to create a gelli print using printmaking techniques. Read more!


Are you looking for a fun and engaging art project for your students? This high school art and middle school art project includes everything you need to teach your students the basics of watercolor painting techniques and gelli printmaking. Everyone in your class will be successful with this Gelli print art project!

Throughout this high school art and middle school art project your students will use leaves to create prints using Gelli plates. The prints will focus on positive and negative spaces in art. Students then select 1-2 prints to practice a wide range of watercolor painting techniques.

Included in this high school art and middle school art project: 

  • Lesson plan (including the big idea, essential questions, objectives, national standards, and step by step instructions, and adapted instructions)
  • Gelli print PowerPoint (also in PDF format)
  • Gelli printmaking how to handout
  • Watercolor techniques PowerPoint (also in PDF format)
  • Watercolor assignment sheet
  • Rubric
  • Adapted rubric
  • Critique sheet
  • 2 short videos (one pulling a successful print, one pulling an unsuccessful print)

Everything you need to implement a Gelli printmaking project is included. Anyone can use this assignment, even if they don’t have experience. Simply, follow the detailed lesson plan! Plus, a rubric is also included for you to use to grade the final works of art.

❤️You will LOVE this art project because the presentations will guide your teaching, making your life easier. A presentation is used to show history, art exemplars, and visual examples of the steps students will take. A second presentation walks students through incorporating watercolor techniques.

This printmaking and watercolor painting assignment reinforces and teaches students a range of skills:

✅Color theory

✅Color mixing



✅Printmaking basics

✅Watercolor techniques

❤️Students will LOVE this printmaking and watercolor project because it allows them to create fabulous works of art. Students will feel successful as they use the project guide, checklists, and research sheets to guide their projects.

Take a closer look at this project in the preview!


Save time and money by purchasing my entire Painting II curriculum, which includes this lesson.

What teachers are saying…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love this resource.  Gelli Printing/MonoPrinting with gelli plate is such a great project for middle school.  Add with watercolor…wow.  I thought that this resource was very well put together and such a great idea!” – Shannon M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love this resource, the instructions are clear and the example picture are perfect. This has helped me bring a new lesson that they just loved to create.” – Lorraine P.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great resource that takes the guesswork out of presenting new ideas and materials. It saved me a considerable amount of prep time and allowed me to focus on the stuff I really love — making art with my students.” – Aubrey D.

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