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Tints, Tones and Shades

Colour Theory


Year 6 began the first of their Maafa companion projects recapping on their prior knowledge and understanding of colour: recalling the primary colours and colour mixing to create secondary colours. 
The next activity enabled the children to explore tints, tones and shades by practically creating their own mood board or montage. Tints, tones and shades were created by choosing a base colour ( primary or secondary colour) and adding blobs of white, black or grey to increase lightness, darkness or the colours vibrancy. 
In the following activity, the children explored landscape art to understand different artistic movements and how tints, tones and shades allowed the artist to use colour in a distinctive way and style. Using a magnifying glass then enabled the children to use their practiced mixing skills and create their own colour palette, representing the characteristics of an artistic movement or artist in their artwork.   

Tints, tones and shades

Drawing landscapes

Year 6 continued their companion project with 2 further activities. In the first session the children tested different art pencils and explored how light and shadow could be created by the softness of the lead. They then had a tutorial on how to create a landscape, taking into account how to show detail, perspective, showing distance using scale with objects, where the horizon should be positioned, and what type of weather they want to show. Following this they created their own landscapes taking into account their new knowledge. 

Painting landscapes

Following the sketching tutorial, year 6 created their own real or fantasy landscape. They used their previously learned skills, creating tints, tones and shades, to add paint to their work. 

Painting landscapes