This was a project I found on Artsonia. It reminds me of Paul Klee's Tunisia watercolours.
This project helps reinforce warm and cool colours. It also makes a good Substitute teacher lesson as it only uses coloured pencils and is fairly straightforward.
Here's how Grade 7/8's made these:
On 8x10 cardstock, kids need to draw an object/shape, etc.- anything as long as it's not too complex. I tell the kids to keep the design off-center for visual interest.
Then, using a ruler, measure out a grid overtop of the drawing - ours are 3cm.
|This student drew a very small grid (1cm)- it takes alot longer to colour but looks soooo nice.|
|Another small grid version in progress...|
Then simply decide if you want the object cool or warm colors, then do the opposite for the background. I find I need to remind my students that browns, beiges, greys and black are considered 'neutral' colours, so not to use them.
We used pencil crayons and I emphasized pressing hard to get nice bright colours. You could also use markers, or watercolours as well. I'm going to try this project again with older grades using watercolours.