This color theory lesson really pulls from past lessons and asks the kids to use what they have learned about Color, Lines and Composition and as always it brings in famous artists to expose them to the world that lies beyond themselves. (You can download tis week's free printable Download Art8tint-shade.)
First we looked at Monet's Impression Sunrise and talked about the colors. I taught them about tinting, shade and value. We watched this great YouTube video - then got sucked into more YouTube art videos before refocusing on the task at hand. Because really, it's homeschool so why not dive in when you can. :)
That really did get their creativity flowing though and everyone was dying to just pull out the paints and play a little before they did their art work... I was happy to oblige. They experimented with different brushes and colors and once they had the concept down they dove into their artbooks. We worked with acrylics this week because we hadn't used them this year and it provided the most options for them to chose a base.
The assignment this week was to choose 1 color then make a tint/shade chart to experiment then draw a picture and color it using only their tints/shades. I emphisised that it's important for them to draw something from real life. THEIR LIFE. Not just copy or make their own version. The kids picked their color first then ended up having to search around the house for a tangible object that was their color to paint. It was a huge success.
If you're looking for more ideas on teaching kids Tints and Shade check out Art Lesson for Kids. She has some great projects that are perfect for different ages yet teach the same concept.
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(Lessons 1-7 can be found and downloaded HERE!)