November 18, 2012

tint and shade landscapes

The (pin)-spiration.
I am always looking for news ways to teach tint, shade, and value to my third graders.
I found the above pin linked to this (lesson) over at Miriam's (blog).

On day one we learned about tints and shades.
We started with white paint and turned it into 5 different shades of green.
Holy cow.
This filled up my drying rack quick.
Each piece was 5 x 12.
How do you flatten artwork?
I use this old laminator.
Plug it in. It heats up.
YEAH! Flattened artwork. Works like a charm.
Day two we create our landscapes.
Glue down the lightest green to the top of a 12 x 18 paper.
Turn the other four into landscapes and cityscapes.

Thanks Miriam!
Great Lesson!


  1. Love the tints cityscape...When I taught middle school we used to have a heat press, which would flatten the artwork just like your laminator. Now that I'm in an elementary school I do it the old fashioned way...stack some heavy books or large packages of unopened construction paper, I miss my press, lol!

  2. Fantastic Work! I’m very proud to see the ideas shared on the web! Your work is even different from mine because you used another method: my student painted every layer on the same sheet but was difficult to do sharp lines with paintbrush! So your method is clever and the result is amazing!

  3. I agree with Miriam, perfect idea to paint the paper first!!! Love it! I bet it cuts down on production time as well :)

  4. Hi there,
    What kind of paint did you use to paint the paper? Do you think this is do-able in grade one?