Once again - inspired by a pin.
So to begin this project I discuss what "value" is with my second graders and we talk about the differences between a "tint" and a "shade".
Then I pass out the papers and sit a cup of blue paint on each table. Each pair of students is also given a styrofoam plate with their own puddle of white tempera on it. We begin by painting a white moon on our page. Then once that is added, students dip their brushes into the blue paint at their table and mix it into their white paint - the first concentric circle is painted around the moon with this color (a very light tint of blue). This process is repeated until the entire page is filled with blue concentric circles.
|Snowmen at Night|
Then the next day I have my students meet me on the carpet to read the book "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner. The illustrations in this book are a beautiful example of how tints and shades can be used to create the illusion of depth in a 2D artwork (with the use of highlights and shadows). We also talk about using a light source (like the moon) to position highlights and shadows more accurately. Students then go back to their tables and use white paint to add the bodies of snowmen to their artwork. A streak of light blue is added for the shadow on the backside of the snowman.
|Great extension book! :)|
Once they finished, I had my students flip their papers over and do a little bit of creative writing about their winter landscapes on the back.
Overall I am SO happy with my 2nd graders artwork! Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to do this project again next week with a new batch!