Week one involved painting in a technique called "wet-on-wet", meaning wet paint on wet paper. Students learned to moisten paper before painting and to dilute colors to force them to "bleed", run and drip. This created a colorful background wash for the second phase of this lesson.
Returning to find their background paintings dry, students discussed how artists use different types of brushes to make many kinds of marks, such as Georges Braque in his painting, Still Life with Grapes and Clarinet. Examining for differences, students were shown a flat brush and a round brush. Looking at Braques' painting, students were asked to find marks that each of these brushes might have made.