Monday, February 23, 2015

Monochromatic Paintings

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades created monochromatic paintings using tempera paint.  They soon realized how difficult painting details can be.  Each grade level had a different theme.  Using a black marker when the painting was done to add details and provide a cleaner edge to the painting was essential to the final look.

Grade 3:  Choice of subject matter
Grade 4:  Guitars
Grade 5:  Portraits

We learned how to mix different values of one color by using the neutrals of white, black and gray, ALWAYS adding the darker color to the lighter color when mixing.

Tints:  Add the color to white one drop at a time.
Shades:  Add black to the color one drop at a time.
Tones:  Add the color to different grays one drop at a time.

Here are some of the paintings in progress.....

Here are some of our finished fifth grade portraits.

Here are some of our finished third grade choice projects.

I was really pleased with the 4th grade guitars.  We used tempera on the guitars and watercolors for the backgrounds.

And here is one close to my heart....I was born and raised in Nebraska!  GO BIG RED!!!!

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