This middle or high school painting project is great for in class or distance learning if students have access to the materials. It is meant to follow my color theory worksheets or students should have already learned and practiced how to tint and shade a color using complements and dark cool colors. They also should have experience mixing chromatic grays from the primary colors. This lesson is great for the very first painting project following color theory or it can be an excellent skill builder for artists with more painting experience. The results are always amazing.
This art lesson includes:
- A presentation to show students that demonstrates the painting process step by step with lots of student examples and images in both Google Slides and PowerPoint format
- A PDF with links to Google Slideshow and QR code students can scan to see the presentation even if you do not upload it to Google Classroom.
- Reference photos to paint from
- A color mixing handout for students to practice creating tints and shades of their color.
- Teacher Notes and Tips
The best part about this painting is that it gets students used to mixing color and testing values before applying the paint to their canvas. It helps them break the values down into shapes and practice mixing correct tints and shades. Their shapes don’t have to be perfect for the result to still be great. The focus is mostly on learning to see value and mixing color to create tones. I have done this with both middle and high school students and it came out great with both groups. They love the fun subject matter and they look great displayed together.