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Grades K- 2
Lesson: Neutral Color Paintings

Students review complementary color sets in Smart board presentation. Students then engage in a group exploration of mixing complementary colors. Students discover that complementary colors create browns and grays, also known as neutral colors. They then create their own neutral color compositions by using their fingers as painting tools to mix complementary colors to create various neutral colors on their paper. Students present their completed neutral paintings in a group critique, explaining their painting processes, as well as the complementary colors that they mixed in order to create neutral colors, and finally the mood they intended to display through the use of neutral colors. [Elements: Complementary Color, Neutral Color Discipline: Painting]

• Students critically respond to the terms complementary and neutral colors and how complementary colors can be mixed to create neutrals. (Standard 3)
• Students will actively engage in the process of creating neutral color paintings by mixing complementary colors. (Standard 1)
• Students will utilize paint to create a completed composition of a neutral painting that incorporates multiple neutral colors from the same set of complementary colors. (Standard 2)
• Students will develop an understanding of mood through color and how color affects mood in an image. (Standard 4)