Learning how to blend and change the value of a color can be challenging. Instead of learning these skills on a still life or a drawing of shapes, I opted to use abstract spaces. I had the girls use a pencil first to draw random overlapping lines on a small piece of paper (the paper was 8X10"). I advised the girls not to end up with tiny spaces that could not contain a value study of a color. The objective was to color a gradual value change, from light to dark or from dark to light. The students chose a few colors that they felt made an interesting color scheme. After they drew their lines in pencil, they drew over it in black sharpie. They then filled the spaces with value studies using colored pencil. Once they got the hang of a one-color study, they had the option of trying to blend two different colors together.
Welcome to Super Happy Art Class!
I hope you enjoy looking at the wonderful artwork from Duchesne Academy Lower School. Lower School consists of girls, grades pre-k through fourth. Unfortunately I have not kept record of all the successful projects, but here is a good sampling. Check out the artwork by grade level, but realize that each activity can be used for multi-grades. Click on an image to see a larger view.