This lesson is a fun and ideal way to teach students how to create visual contrast (through value, intensity, temperature & texture) as well as the importance of problem-solving and choice-making while creating an artistic composition. Layering and allowing for change are also heavily covered with the students constantly adding lines and shapes over and over again to create an almost "woven" painting with layers of color. This is also a fantastic project to teach about abstract contemporary art and artists.
Students particularly love this project because it has a large degree of artistic freedom and they are constantly surprised when they peel off the various layers of tape. I have had many students independently use this technique on larger surfaces and even on painted furniture.
To me, this is a great lesson because it incorporates a large amount of important learning components in a fun manner and all of the compositions look completely different and amazing!
This lesson plan is specifically tailored for high school with relevant Common Core, Essential Standards (NC) and 21st Century Skills; however, the concept can be used with almost any age group. A step-by-step process and pictures of finished student work are also included.