This is an excellent kid art lesson in tint vs shade.
For all of you grown-ups that forever get it wrong here is the definition :)
Tint: A color with white added Shade: A color with black added
Everyone calls everything a shade, but if you go further into painting, it helps to know what you need (black or white) to create certain colors from paint.
We created the backgrounds by treating it like a game. We talked about math ratios. To make a Chartreuse green you might use 5 dabs of yellow paint to one dab of blue. To create a navy color, you might use 5 dabs of blue to one dab of black. Powder blue would be 5 dabs white one dab blue. Suffice to say, by the end of the project, each kid could tell me the difference between tints and shades and had a pretty good idea of how to create the colors they were interested in.
Next, I wanted to make it a little fun. I found this product online and was able to give each kid 5 sheets of rainbow scratch paper. Like scratching off a Lotto ticket, you just can’t help but enjoy playing with these boards. For my sample I created different patterns like checkerboard, parallel lines, dots, scales…ect. You know, throw a little more education into it…. Here are the kids take on the assignment:
I also printed out reference photos of different sea grasses for inspiration and all sorts of fish. From there, I backed away and let them choose for themselves how realistic vs. imaginative they wanted their work to be.
There was a great mix of both.