Submitted by: Ned Fox, art teacher at
Northwood Jr./Sr. High. Level: 7th-10th
Students really like this project. Students will learn to paint with watercolors, define positive and negative shapes, mix wet and wet colors, develop visual balance, and define shapes with pen and ink.
I have the students stretch watercolor paper using staples around the boarders after they wet the paper. Once the paper is dry I have them lay in colors that they mix on the paper (green made with blue & yellow) etc. I stress that they need to balance the painting with color, shape, size and value.
When the paper is dry, I have the students go back into their painting with pen & ink, outlining each color as an area, shape, size etc. I have found that if the student leaves some of the areas white while painting, the negative space becomes as interesting as the outlined areas. As usual, students want to take this beyond the assignment and outline something they see in their painting and most of the time these end up outstanding.
You can go many different directions with this, such as Tissue paper painting using glue spread on paper and the tissue laid on it and then pulling it off. Good luck - have fun - the kids will.
The lesson is centered around the COLORCUBE, a new tool used for teaching color. Using this 3D model, students will learn how to mix an entire color space with only the primary colors: cyan, magenta and yellow.
The COLORCUBE defines how color is stored and manipulated in a computer and is based on how the human eye sees color. The article describing how it is to be used in the "color mixing" lesson is on the following web page: