The sixth graders’ masks are in the process of drying out, so they have begun color theory. This will lay the foundation for their next unit, which is a fantasy painting project. Fantasy creatures have a special place in my heart, as they were the subject for my BFA show. This unit is a perfect combination of creativity, imagination, technique and craft. I started the discussion by having the students volunteer to label the color wheel. Students knew the colors well, but were unfamiliar with where to put them on the wheel. “Tertiary” colors, like red-orange and yellow-green were also tricky for them. We also talked about tints (adding white) tones (adding gray) and shades (adding black). Sixth graders now have a pretty good grasp on these concepts and it will help them begin their final compositions.

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