Sketchbook project: Creating Value with Paint. Art lesson for kids

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Sketchbook Project #1: Creating Value

SKETCHBOOK PROJECT #1: CREATING VALUE

The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity.

The Sketchbook Project Lesson #1 Creating Value

Week One: The Beginning

Today’s Project: Creating Value

Teaching color theory is an ongoing process. I never really got a grasp on it until I was in college. And here we are, trying to teach little kids tints, shades, tertiary colors, complementary colors, etc. It can be a bit overwhelming, right? And for some, understanding color theory is unnecessary in elementary school.

I would almost agree.

I can’t tell you how many times I taught children how to make blue denim by mixing blue and black paint together.

Or how to make cherry blossom pink by adding white to red and then adding a touch of orange.

And what about stormy sea with orange and blue? So pretty!

To start off the 6th grade Sketchbook Project, I knew creating value with TINTS & SHADES would not only be eye-opening but fun. 

The Sketchbook Project Lesson #1 Creating Value

I’m not a huge fan of worksheets in the art room but in this case, worksheets are a great tool for practicing. I created a worksheet for you to copy onto white cardstock so that your students can paint directly onto the cardstock.

You can download your FREE worksheet by clicking the yellow dot in the banner below.


I love the process of creating your own charts in a sketchbook. That’s what my students did. They followed my example on the white board and made two columns of 5 blocks/rectangles in their sketchbooks.

At the very top, we wrote out a definition of VALUE.

I offered the kids 6 choices of colors (red, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple) plus white and black.

In the first column, they painted one color in the middle rectangle. Then, they added white to the color and painted the resulting color in the rectangle above. They mixed more white and added the resulting color in the top rectangle.

Clean the brush and repeat, but this time, use black and color in the bottom two rectangles.

They cleaned their brushes and switch to a new color and painted the rectangles in the second column.

Note:

The worksheet offers you more opportunity to paint more tints and shades with creating value than what my students did in the classroom. Many kids took a long time creating their charts with a marker before diving into the painting, so that’s a good enough reason just to use the worksheets!

The Sketchbook Project Lesson #1 Creating Value

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE VALUE WORKSHEET


 

Your Turn:

What’s your FAVORITE art project to teach TINTS & SHADES? 

Do you worry about teaching color theory or is painting freely enough?

Share your ideas and comments below…

 

The Sketchbook Project Lesson #1 Creating Value

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  • Lucy

    I do tints and shades with third grade. We paint abstract monochromatic paintings. I give them one color plus black and white and they have to fill their whole paper (usually only 6 by 6″ given the 45 minute time frame) with as many different versions of their hue/color as they can. Circle and dot paintings work great.

    And we use the following to remind us of which is which:
    (Use the vowel to help you remember)
    hUe

  • Lucy

    Oops, I hit tab and posted too quick!
    hUe – pUre color
    tInt – color plus whIte
    shAde – color plus blAck
    tOne – color plus bOth black and white (but can also be made with a complimentary)

  • rob.artmom@gmail.com

    GREAT IDEA! Love the low cost (I have NO budget at all but hopefully I can do this!)
    Thanks for The Sketchbook Project.

  • Wells

    Love your worksheet – a real time saver for children. My favorite tints & shades lesson is a bit involved, but great to teach form, value, and color. We create a 5 piece paper sculpture first out of white paper (usually a conical shape plus a few strands mounted on a piece of cardstock). Then we draw a pencil sketch to create a value drawing. Next we mix tints, shades, and tones and create a monochromatic painting of the sculpture.

  • barbydcahill@gmail.com

    Hi Patty,
    I have always loved working with children & art. I came upon your website In 2013 just when
    I got tired of all the prep & supplies needed for my at-home seasonal children’s workshops &
    changed directions. I was ready to paint seriously myself & have been painting in oils and acrylics ever since. I work in my backyard studio but I still yearn to work with kids again.
    (My true incentives are Arch & Ivy, my twin 2 yr old grandkids who I see a lot!!). I do periodic
    art sessions in my studio with the very creative ten-year old triplets next door. I do not have a teaching education background so this time around, with your resources, I am hoping to teach art lessons more effectively and efficiently. Any suggestions?
    In order to continue painting seriously I would like to structure a yearly calendar that involves
    children’s workshops in my studio but does not consume all my time.

  • studio30janine@gmail.com

    Hi Patty

    I came across your website while searching for new art projects and I just love it! I live in South Africa so obviously with our exchange rate it will take me a little longer to save for your Art 101 class, but I am determined! I love your podcast’s and all the helpful info you share. So a very big THANK YOU

  • Fred

    Hello Patty, my name is Fred from Tanzania, teaching Art from kinder to Grade 6, I have been looking for easy way of teaching all classes with different projects and I found DSS as the big help and reduced my confusions, I found that teaching Children through projects is a cross cutting activity as you could cover more art elements, than teaching them individually.
    The issue of resources is no more an obstacle, with your projects it works smoothly

  • aros@vvisd.org

    so making our own books using copy paper really isn’t ideal for painting in?? I have limited limited limited funds.

  • Debbie

    I think that you need to add more explanation for the use of the tints and shades. i notice you only use the chart. I would love some more info about the line drawings and what medium the students use.

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