VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints

Students use tempera paint to create a value scale in the form of an imaginary snake. They decorate the completed painting and use it for the cover of a simple book. 

 

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 3 to Grade 6

Subject

Art Techniques
Language Arts
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

gradation palette pattern tints value value scale zentangle

Materials

Washable Glue Fine Black Markers Googly Eyes and Other Embellishments Bristol Board 16.5 x 30.5 cm (6" x 12") Paint Palettes Paper Towels Water Containers Tempera Paints Paint Brushes

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Steps

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step One

Step One

Draw a fat snake the full length of the paper.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Two

Step Two

Divide the snake into about 9 evenly spaced sections. This will be your value scale.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Three

Step Three

Choose a primary colour and white to work with. Place a small amount of paint on the palette.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Four

Step Four

Paint the tip of the snake white. Then mix the primary colour into the white to make the palest tint.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Five

Step Five

Gradually add more colour to the tint you just mixed to make the next section slightly darker. 

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Six

Step Six

Continue painting the sections of the scale. End with the primary colour unmixed.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Seven

Step Seven

Use black marker to decorate the snake with interesting line patterns. Make up your own or try some zentangles.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Eight

Step Eight

Add some glitter glue and other embellishments to complete the snake. Use this artwork for the cover of a book.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Nine

Step Nine

Stack papers with the snake on top. Place a popsicle stick at the left end and mark 2 dots on the inside edge about 2 cm down from each end of the stick.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Ten

Step Ten

Paper clip all the pages together to hold them in place. Use a paper punch to make holes at the dots.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Poke an elastic band from the back to the front through one hole.

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

Place the popsicle stick through the loop of the elastic band at the front. Repeat for the other hole to fasten the book together. 

VALUE SCALE SNAKE – Mixing Tints - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

Write colourful poetry and stories in the book.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Use tempera paint to create a value scale of tints in the shape of an imaginary snake;
  2. Use line patterns to add interest to their value scale; 
  3. Create a simple book; and
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

  1. Have students explore other aspects of value using tempera paint to mix shades. 
  2. Have students collect samples of tints and shades found in magazines and paint chips. Encourage them to add to a class collage mural that goes from lightest tints to darkest shades in the shape of an imaginary creature.

Prepare

  1. Gather materials needed for this lesson. 
  2. Place students in groups of about 6 so they can share the materials.
  3. Download the Value poster available on this website. 
    Value Poster
  4. Gather some books about colour theory, for example,
    - A Book About Color: A Clear and Simple Guide for Young Artists, by Mark Gonyea
    - An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, by Natasha Wing 
     

Introduction

  1. Introduce or review the concept of value using the poster and an appropriate story book.
  2. Explain that by practicing mixing colours in a specified way students can train their eyes to see subtle differences.
  3. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Use tempera paint to create a value scale of tints in the shape of an imaginary snake.
  2. Use line patterns to add interest to your value scale.
  3. Create a simple book.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Guide students through the steps in this project.
  2. Demonstrate how little paint is required to mix colours. Stress they should always start with white and add colour to it.
  3. Observe students as they work. From time to time ask them to stop and view their work from a bit of a distance so they can see it with 'fresh eyes'.
  4. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Ask students to share their paintings with their group.
  2. During the discussion include references to:
    - values – the accuracy of each step along the value scale
    - pattern – the use of line to create unique patterns
    - technical accomplishment – things that contribute to the overall effectiveness of the finished painting

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - Snake_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - Snake_self-assessment.pdf)