POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST – Colour, Contrast, Balance

Students research an event that interests them in Canadian history from confederation to the present. Then they use watercolour pencils to create a postcard that communicates a message about that event.

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POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST – Colour, Contrast, Balance


  • Crayola Watercolour Pencils - 12 Count
  • Crayola Variety Brush Set - 5 Count
  • Cardstock Postcards - Template Provided
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Water Containers


Step 1
  1. Find images to support your research.
  2. Make a rough plan drawing for your postcard using the images as a reference.
  3. Lightly draw your good copy on the cardstock postcard.
Step 2
  1. Wet your paintbrush with a small amount of water.
  2. Brush over the tip of the watercolour pencil to pick up some colour.
Step 3
  1. Paint the colour onto the paper.
Step 4
  1. View the finished postcard from a distance to see it with fresh eyes.
  2. Ask yourself these questions:
    - What creative techniques did I use to attract the viewer's attention?
    - What message do I want to communicate?
    - How might different people understand this message differently from me?
    - Why did I choose this message to send?
Step 5
  1. Write information about your event on the back of the postcard.
  2. Write your card to someone as if you are visiting a site where the information is being displayed. For example,
    Dear Michel,
    You won't believe this display. They have the actual mask that Jacques Plante wore way back in 1959 . . . .
  3. Fill in an address.
  4. Design a stamp in the box at the top of the card.
Illustrated Crayon Character