Subject/Title: Color Theory Unit: Tint & Shade Strips
Grade Level: 8-12
Goal: To enhance students' understanding of tints and shades while increasing their skills in mixing and applying paint.
Objectives: Students will produce three tint and three shade strips which show a gradual gradation from color to white and from color to black.
2" x 11.5" strips of white cardstock
Tempera paint, brushes
- Review terminology: a tint is a color with white added, and a shade is a color with black added.
- Show examples of tints and shades.
- Explain that they will be producing strips that demonstrate their ability to mix 3 tints and 3 shades through a 6-part gradation of color.
- Pass out strips and have students divide them into 6 approximately equal sections, lengthwise.
- Choosing one color, gradually add white so that the strip shows pure color at one end and white on the other. Repeat with two other colors.
- Choosing one color, gradually add black so that the strip shows pure color at one end and black on the other. Repeat with two other colors.
- Completion of project/following directions.
- Even and smooth application of paint.
- Gradual gradation of color to tint or shade between the blocks.
- The repetition is for the purpose of reinforcing the concept of tints and shades. The emphasis on this project to help students develop craftsmanship in their work. Shades seem to be more difficult for students to render gradually than tints.
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