Tints & Shade Color Wheels

Oh what an exciting cross-curricular project!

First the students started with a demonstration on shades and tints. Add black to a color for shades. Add white to a color for tints. Then they used a worksheet to practice mixing.



After this, they moved on to the actual project. Using a paper plate, they traced around it for a circle. Then they used a ruler to divide the circle into fourths.

The younger members of the class had a harder time eyeballing the middle of the circle to draw their lines. So I had them fold their papers into quarters and place the plate into the middle, then trace around that.

After everyone had their circles drawn and divided into fours. Out came the protractors and they were taught how to use them and measure 30 degree increments on one half of their circle.



Once all twelve sections were drawn they wrote their name in script making sure that their names touched the surrounding lines of the circle section.


Then the students began to paint their color wheels. Each color had a bit of black added, to show tonal steps of the selected color using shades.

We started with just primary colors first.




Then moved onto secondary.


And finally onto the tertiary colors. I wanted them to see that the colors they were mixing came in between the other colors. So they would understand the flow of a color wheel.

Once all of the shades were done. They used white along with the colors, to make tints and then traced over their name in script using these colors.


Once completed, they cut them out and mounted them onto black paper.



This lesson was taught for kiddos in grades 3-5, but we have a guest 1st grader who was able to keep up just fine.

Some children may not know how to write their names in script. For them, I would write it for them, and they would practice before they would write it onto the color wheel.

Awesome project!



About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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