Mike, For 7th grade, we do a color scheme booklet for our color unit. We just do a monochromatic scale of 10 values the first day and discuss tints (white) and shades(black). The second day we discuss intensity and talk about how adding complements dulls colors. I show how we slowly add violet into yellow and how it dulls and starts to look like Grey Poupon. They must do it gradually and have around 10 different intensity levels. About in the middle they have brown, then it slowly starts turning into a dull violet. I ask them to apply the same process to red and green, and orange and blue. The third day we do analogous colors, and last, warm and cool. We put our 5 page book together and create a cover. Then we do a big painting applying what we learned about color schemes.
From: Occasm@aol.com [mailto:Occasm@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 10:34 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: teaching tints and shades-middle school
I'm looking for opinions on how list members teach tints and shades in painting at the middle school level. More specifically shades. Do you teach shades by adding black or by adding the complement. I have tried both and although some students have a hard time mixing the exact complement, it seems to me the toned down, darker colors achieved by using complements are nicer. I use sax true tempera by the way.
p.j. gelinas jhs