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Students explore primary, secondary, and complimentary colors. They mix tempera paints to create secondary colors, tints, and shades, and design and paint a color grid demonstrating color theory.
Mimic Impressionist artists by creating paintings that show dominant shades of complimentary colors. Use dots, dabs, and swirls in painting to make a scene, and show a particular time of day and the lighting present at that time.  Your clas can identify the different aspects and the very specific painting style.
Students create an imaginary animal by combining parts of two or more animals. They show pattern and textures with Prismacolor pencils students show highlights and shadows using complimentary colors, adding white for high lights.
Pupils explore their own responses to sound by hearing the music as a regular part of the class structure. They develop an awareness that certain art evokes certain sounds and moods and develop an intuitive responses to the music.
Students use the Wacom tablet to demonstrate observational drawings, design principles, and color schemes. Students create four different images of a common art or graphics tool based on four color schemes and a different effect.
Students examine Vincent Van Gogh's use of art elements and design principles, connect Van Gogh's style with his personality, and examine how the artist's perception of the sitter can influence the portrait.
Students take their own black and white photographs of a figure in an urban landscape. Their primary focus will be to study the silkscreen process and use an edition of 20 black and white prints to experiment with how color affects an image.
Students create an animal in the tradition of medieval animal combinations. They choose components from various animals and design a new animal from those parts. Students draw their animal with careful attention to surrounding environment, use of color, pencil pressures and texture.
First introduce your art class to the master, Paul Gauguin, then to the concept of complimentary colors. This slideshow provides a bit of background on the famous artist then walks kids through a step-by-step process intended as a study of complimentary color. They create a representation of a simple Gauguin piece. 
A few definitions related to waves open this slide show. Note that the information only covers light waves even though the title mentions sound. Correct the title before using this resource. Another mention is a set of photos of a class project, which you can delete. Making these alterations will leave you with a very colorful and impactful lesson on the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection, refraction, color, uses of light, and more!
Primary, secondary, warm, and cool we aren't talking about school, we are talking about the color wheel. First graders discuss ROYGBIV, the color wheel, and mixing colors. They then use paint to make their own primary, secondary, warm, and cool color wheels.
Eighth graders create artwork inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely. In this op art instructional activity, 8th graders explore color theory and color mixing. Students create ten shapes to use in their artwork and over the course of two weeks, students mix colors and plan their artistic piece.
This lesson introduces young scholars to the ways artists use color to set the tone of a painting or to convey a particular mood to the viewer. Students view "The Tragedy" by Pablo Picasso. They fill in an information chart describing the mood or tone of the painting. They discuss the ways certain colors often are used to convey a certain mood or feeling. This is the second of two lessons in this unit.
One must first learn how to analyze art before they can properly respond to it. Here, young analysts examine six abstract pieces in a systematic and formal way. They then respond to one of the pieces in either a poem or an essay. An excellent instructional activity intended to build critical thinking and analysis skills.
High schoolers identify ways in which the artist uses color to draw the view's attention to points within the composition and creates a sense of depth. They discuss the effect of color on the tone and mood of an artwork.
Students identify color schemes in paintings and discuss the ways in which color is used to convey a mood or tone in a work of art.
Students create a larger than life modified contour drawing of hands in an expressive situation. Hands have linear value, contain a object, and have a patterned background.
Students examine how artists use color to create a sense of depth in a two-dimensional space. They view and analyze prints, complete worksheets, and write a paragraph on how color is used to draw the viewer's eye to a central figure.
Students examine how artists use color to set the tone of a painting. They analyze and discuss various paintings, complete a chart comparing the artists' color schemes and tones, and write a paragraph comparing two images.
Learners examine literary arts. In this Greek mythology lessons, students read Greek myths and select characters from the myths to study. Learners create watercolor illustrations of the characters, write short stories about the characters, and then compare and contrast archetypes.

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