Cityscapes with Tints and Shades

Our Kinders are becom­ing experts at color mix­ing! This time we added white to make tints and black to make shades as we cre­ated these sweet “candy-colored” cities!

9x12 white heavy­weight con­struc­tion paper
Tem­pera paint — red, yel­low, turquoise, white and black
Paper plates for palettes
brushes and water

Tint — any color plus white
Shade — any color plus black

1. First, use your pen­cil to draw a line across your paper about an inch or two from the bot­tom.
2. Next, draw rec­tan­gles of dif­fer­ent sizes all along your line, from one edge of your paper to the other. Add tri­an­gles on top of some of your roofs for a more inter­est­ing sky­line!
3. Then, use the pri­mary col­ors (red, yel­low and blue) to mix sec­ondary col­ors (orange, green and pur­ple).
4. Now, add a small amount of each of your sec­ondary col­ors to a larger amount of white to make “tints” of those col­ors.
5. Paint each of your build­ings with a dif­fer­ent tint. Then paint the sky with a tint of blue.
6. Next, add a tiny bit of black to one of your pri­mary or sec­ondary col­ors to make a “shade”. Use this to paint some win­dows and doors on your build­ings using sim­ple brush strokes. Make sure you put win­dows on all your build­ings or they will be very dark inside! ;)
7. Finally, add some white to the shade you mixed to make a gray, and paint a street across the bot­tom of your paper.

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3 Responses to Cityscapes with Tints and Shades

  1. Devyn Larson March 6, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Love these!
    I just wanted to say thank you for pro­vid­ing such a won­der­ful resource for sharing/doing art with kids! Love all these col­or­ful projects and can’t wait to try them out!
    Thank you again!!

  2. Annaira March 7, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    I too am a teacher.
    I really like this job and I’ll look your blog!
    Mine is

  3. Debra March 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Thank you so much for shar­ing your ideas and lessons! They are won­der­ful and I use them often…I so appre­ci­ate your help:)

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