In order to teach how to watercolor, I had both my 7th and 8th grade take 'notes'. I gave them a half sheet of watercolor paper and had them divide the paper into 8 parts. I asked them to label the parts of their page. I introduced two techniques at a time and gave them the chance to 'take the notes'. This process took the whole hour.
A wonderful resource for this type of teaching is WatercolorPainting.com.
These notes were GREAT for many reasons.
Our school sends out a folder with kids to place evidence of learning in it for conferences. Some teachers place a grade report or worksheets in the folder. I placed these notes. We have student lead conferences and the students were able to explain to their parents how they created each technique (wet-on-wet, dry brush, wash, resist, etching, lifting, salt texture, and plastic wrap texture). I found parents really enjoyed hearing about the techniques.
As second reason this was great was the 8th grade really enjoyed using the techniques for their following project. I found that teaching a base of a project and then asking them to 'create' in their own style, using the techniques they have learned was a real success. I'm hoping to use this idea again next quarter.