Color Study #2

LESSON TITLE: Color Study 2
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer November
GRADE LEVEL: 7th & 8th
CLASS TIME: _45_Minutes _1_Days/week _2_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – Color theory, Color & Emotion Relation, Color mixing,

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Students will choose from two of three of the primary colors to create a color study.

Students will relate color to emotions and try to convey one secret emotion through color for each to guess.


  • Painters Tape
  • Bristol Board (11 x 14)
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Acrylic Paint


Limited pallet- creating a composition by using only limited color selections, thus creating a harmonious color image

Burnish- when using the painters tape, rub the tape down with a spoon or your fingers to ensure a proper bond between the tape and the paper so no paint will leak under the tape. (this is not full proof, t is possible for paint to leak under the tape, especially if a lot of paint is laid down, by painting thin layers this too can be avoided).

Local color- color directly from a tube of paint

Composition- the way in which a painting is laid out, and made up


McCloud, Kevin. Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the Best Colors to Use in Your Home. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2003. Print.


Students will each receive 11×14 bristol board to work on. Start with measuring out a 10in x 10in square on the upper part of the paper. Measure in 1/2in on each side drawing out 10 inch lines around the three outer sides of the page. Then from your top line measure down 10in to draw out your bottom of you 10×10 square.

Next measure out 2in columns on the square, drawing vertical lines every 2inches. Turn the page 90 degrees and repeat the last step creating a 2in x 2in grid. Now you have your page set up!


Ask students to name an extreme emotion and then pick the opposite and chose students to paint one ore the other or both. Or have each student pick out one emotion on their own and start the painting with the emotion in mind. Have each student share the emotion with only the teacher. Later students will each guess what emotion the other is trying to convey through colors. Have a short conversation about what each color could mean compared to an emotion. i.e. light blue and light green and light yellow may be calm or fiery reds and hot oranges can mean anger. Or a light red and pinks and light purples can mean love. Allow students to use white and black to make tints and shades of colors as well.

Once each student has chosen their emotion and their two primary colors they can get started. Utilize the painters tape to create sharp crisp lines for each square. (Side note: I recommend painters tape over masking tape for better results on laying down the paint. The painters tape can be used and re-used one the paint has become tacky, although it may be a little bit more expensive upfront, it will last longer if used correctly, this is an important point to make to the students too).

Two or three squares can be painted at once. But the squares should not sit next to each other. As the painting evolves the student will notice the spaces will become limited and they will only have a few squares to choose from.

Begin by mixing the color that should be laid down first. I recommend working from lightest to darkest. All color should be mixed with a different color. This is to prevent using “local color” which is color straight from the tube. Once color is mixed lay down the 8 – 12 pieces of tape on 2-3 squares on your grid. Remember to keep your composition in mind and choose wisely. When the tape is down then paint a thin coat the will fully cover the white of the square.


Allow the paint to dry while you make your next color. Once the color is mixed pull up the tape from the first squares and reposition them to two or three new squares. I recommend varying the amount through out the composition. Although you have a total of 25 squares to fill it will make for a more interesting composition if you do not cover three squares each time.

Continue in this fashion, mixing paint, pulling up the tape and repositioning and laying down colors until the grid is filled. All the while keeping the color scheme in mind to best put forward the emotion you are trying to express.

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Once you are finished allow to dry and sign your name at the bottom of the square in the right hand corner.


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