Tint and Shade Robots

4th and 5th Grade

Tint and Shade  Robots

My 4th and 5th graders worked really hard on these robots. It took them about 6 classes to finish in the end which was 3 months for us since I teach on an every other week schedule at two different schools. The students’ dedication paid off though because the results are creative and beautiful! I gave them the option of painting a warm color or cool color background and you can see that cool colors won that competition.

Vocabulary: shape, form, value, tints and shades

connections – STEM

Objective: Students will design a robot for a specific job. He will be their personal helper. Students will draw and paint their robot.

Day 1

Students will draw a sketch first using the “mix and match: making robots” sheet. The robot must visually show what its job is.

Day 2

Students will redraw their robot design on larger painting paper then trace over pencil lines with sharpie. Remind them to make their robot much larger on the larger paper!!

Day 3-4

Students will practice mixing paint black.white/dot of blue to make silver. They will make tints and shades. We talked a lot about the element of art VALUE. A lot of the students requested to make different colored metals so I let them add a touch of red and yellow along with blue to their grays. It was tricky to keep them from adding too much color though, but they LOVED mixing their own colors.

Day 5

Students will paint their robot and show a light source by painting tints on the dark side and shades on the light side

Day 6 Retrace lines with sharpie and paint background with warm or cool colored watercolor paint using the wet on wet technique where students first wet the paper with water and then added the liquid watercolor. They loved watching the paint move on its own on the paper and blend colors. Finally they added salt to their wet papers to create a crystallized effect. At one school I used actual watercolor paper and the other school used regular heavyweight sulfite paper. The salt definitely worked much better on the watercolor paper. Now I know for the future to save this technique for when we get to use the more expensive watercolor paper.

I CAN Design a robot using shapes and forms.

I CAN create values by mixing paint

Create art that reflects personal voice and choice.
Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts.
Explain the effect of technology on the way products look and how they are created.

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