Color Family Paintings

With this assignment, 7th grade students created bright color-family paintings of their names using tempera cakes.  For most of these students this was their first introduction to color theory, the color wheel and their first time using tempera cakes.  Students began the unit by creating basic color wheels that included primary, secondary and tertiary colors using oil pastels.

After developing these essential color mixing techniques and vocabulary, students were asked to create paintings utilizing contrasting color families. Student examples resulted in warm and cool combinations, primary and secondary combinations as well as some complimentary color combinations.

Although students seemed to enjoy the project, as I reflected on the process during and after their work, some of the painting ended up with small, tedious details and resulted in some muddy colors here and there.  Moving forward, I think I would make some adjustments to this lesson and allow for more expressive paint and color application.

All in all, some really nice results… Way to go 7th Grade!



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