Students explore a variety of painting techniques using a range of brushes and only one colour plus black and white.

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  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Bristol Board - 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm (10" x 10") - 1 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspapers to Cover the Desks


Step 1
  1. Choose a brush.
  2. Choose a colour.
  3. Divide up the space.
  4. Let the lines flow.
Step 2
  1. Start painting into the spaces.
  2. See what happens when you paint black over the colour.
Step 3
  1. See what happens when you paint a new layer of your over the black.
  2. Keep adding layers until you get an effect you like.
Step 4
  1. Use the end of your brush handle to scratch lines into the wet paint.
Step 5
  1. Try blending the spaces in between the lines,
    - mix in some white or black to create soft contrast
  2. Compare the 2 effects – both are effective but different.
Step 6
  1. Keep working in the spaces trying out your ideas.
  2. Think about how to make brush marks show.
  3. How to make areas stand out.
  4. When you place light beside dark you get strong contrast and the feeling of depth.
  5. What happens when you make a more gradual transition from dark, to medium, to light values?
Step 7
  1. Notice your work area.
  2. See how helpful the newspaper was to dab off paint and test colours.
  3. The plastic lids are really useful for keeping black away from your other colours.
  4. View your painting with fresh eyes.
    - What does it make you think of?
    - What do you see that makes you say that?
    - What area attracts your attention first? Why?
    - What do you like best about the painting? Why?