This project is a great introduction to line, shape and color theory. I’ve found it to be a fun alternative to traditional line drawing assignments and color wheels. Best of all, with just a few small alterations, it can be engaging for many different ages and experience levels!
Included in this download, you will receive:
-a print-ready PDF which (when the pages are printed in a landscape orientation) is scaled to accommodate 25 students, but can be printed multiple times for larger class sizes.
-Written instructions teachers, with images and a cheat sheet for the final assemblage.
- Student prompt and instructions.
-a color theory starter sheet, which breaks down the color wheel into warm vs. cool hues and gives a brief history of color theory.
After giving the class a brief introduction to cool and warm colors, each student will receive a print-out which contains fraction of a larger image (loosely based on Monet's "The Bridge at Argenteuil") The compositions are already broken up into warm and cool shapes. Students can work directly on the printed page or transfer/draw the image onto a fresh work surface. Each shape has been labeled with a “W” for warm or a “C” for cool.
I like to encourage my students to fill in each shape with a unique pattern, drawing or design- but it is required that they adhere to warm or cool colors, as indicated by the letter in each shape.
This isn’t just a “paint-by-numbers” project, though! Each student works to create their own expressive, abstract artwork. By enlarging the image to an abstracted scale, the students are able to focus on their own unique mark-making styles. Then, at the end of the project, comes the big reveal; the students work together to arrange their artworks like puzzle pieces and discover the full image.
This project can be adapted for many different mediums and experience levels:
-Use graphite transfer paper or a projector to transfer the image onto canvas, for painting classes.
-Try a digital approach to this assignment by emailing each student their PDF and asking them to complete the project in Adobe Illustrator or a comparable program.
- Use white transfer paper and trace the template onto black construction paper for dramatic contrast against pastels or colored pencils.
*Note: make sure that you select the options for "poster-size" when printing. For best results, set your pages to a landscape orientation.