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5th & 6th Grade Studio – Mixing Tints

5th & 6th Grade Studio – Mixing Tints

First…. MY STUDENTS LOVE THIS PROJECT SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!

This is a fantastic way to teach tint and tone. Β I am sure there are better ways to draw this, but this is my strategy….

  1. I created a pattern for students to trace. Β Line it up at the top of the 9×12 paper, trace the top and bottom.
  2. Slide the pattern over and trace just the bottom. Β My patterns were NOT PERFECT! They did not line up perfect, it really does not matter, because they will not paint them perfect! πŸ™‚

 

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3. Finish the pattern on the left side. Make sure all students are caught up, Everyone’s paper needs to look the same.

4. Then using a ruler, draw a line between the points CLOSEST TOGETHER. It should look like a honey comb.

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5. Draw the diamond shape on the top of the box starting in the middle of the paper by lining up the ruler on the bottom of the box above. Β Students will get the hang of it if you start in the middle. Some of the sides will not have a line to follow, just draw as best as you can.

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6. Β Then, add the vertical lines inside each box.

7. Β I recommend putting a color code on the boxes, we wrote a very soft L, M & D for light medium and dark.

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I used egg cartons that I cut into strips. Each table had a couple colors and white. Β Red & Magenta, Orange & Yellow, Yellow Green & Yellow, Green & Turquoise, Turquoise & Blue, Blue & Violet, and Gray & Black. Students also used a piece of tag board as a paint pallet. They drew on six circles to plan where to mix colors.

I let my students choose the colors. Β Some liked monochromatic, some liked using as many as they could. There was a huge variety! As they were painting, they asked if they could make another one. Β You know you hit it out of the ball park when they want to make another! Β So… we made another! πŸ™‚

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