Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Cool (And Warm) Way To Teach Tints and Shades

Looking for a super successful project to teach warm and cool colors, tints and shades, landscape, and incorporate an artist study? Kindergarten painted lovely winter landscapes using artist Ted Harrison's work as inspiration. I discovered this artist and a similar type of lesson by Crayola for older students on Pinterest and adapted it for Kindergarten. The first two years I taught the project using tempera cakes but after seeing the after school art teacher do a very similar project using regular tempera paint I knew that was the way to go! (Thank you Ms. Kristi!)

We started off with a warm and cool color scavenger hunt in the art room. The class was divided into two teams (warm and cool) and they had to find as many items as they could safely reach and carry back to the color wheel within 3 or 4 minutes.

We compared and contrasted Ted Harrison's paintings of the Yukon next to photographs of the Yukon territory. Looking at artwork with young kids is always pretty thrilling. They always have so much to say and often point out small, barely noticeable details.

We drew our mountains using wavy, zig-zaggy, and/or bumpy lines and drew a sun with sun rays. In the next class we painted the mountains in cool colors. We talked about how the furthest mountain would be the lightest and the closest mountain would be the darkest. Atmospheric perspective is the term used to describe this effect. The next art class we painted our suns and skies in warm colors.

We finished the project by outlining the different tints and shades in silver paint pen which also helps define a landscape as large, basic shapes.

I love how differently these projects all turned out! Check out how unique these last two are: