This is a grade 11 project that I do for the painting unit - and we use acrylics for it. It could also work well in a grade 12 class.
These turn out FANTASTIC because it takes them through each step in colour mixing and colour theory - all their hard work pays off in the end!
Students are asked to look at COLOUR THEORY and apply all that they're learned in a "tiny perfect painting" - literally a little painting, that looks like photorealism.
Included in this incredibly scaffolded step-by-step project is:
-a project handout (includes a mini history blurb for inspiration about illuminated manuscripts and Islamic book illustrations)
-steps of the project (colour theory / grid / drawing / painting / matting)
-a colour theory package (colour wheel, info on pigments, colour sample sheet, colour mixing sheet, value sheet)
-rubrics for both the colour theory worksheets & the final painting
This package has everything you need for this project, PLUS many of these handouts can be used again and again for other painting projects in other grades.
I find that going small with their paintings really helps them focus - and in grade 12 we do big canvases, so it's a nice contrast and build-up in skills.