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!

9×12 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!
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  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:)