LIGHT TO DARK – Colour Mixing, Value, Monochromatic

Students use Model Magic to explore value by creating a scale from light to dark and then use the colours they have mixed to make a monochromatic creature.

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LIGHT TO DARK – Colour Mixing, Value, Monochromatic


  • Model Magic - Assorted Colours
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Bristol Board or Cardboard - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Roll 5 small balls of WHITE Model Magic.
  2. Make them all the same size - about the size of a small plum.
  3. Roll 1 ball of BLUE Model Magic the same size as the white balls.
  4. Roll 10 very small balls of BLUE Model Magic about the size of a large blueberry.
Step 2
  1. Mix 4 balls of different values of blue Model Magic.
  2. Start by adding 1 blue ball to 1 white ball.
  3. Add an extra ball of blue to each new white ball.
    1 white + 1 blue
    1 white + 2 blue
    1 white + 3 blue
    1 white + 4 blue
Step 3
  1. Flatten the balls with the palm of your hand.
  2. Arrange them in a row from lightest to darkest.
Step 4
  1. Use your disks to make a MONOCHROMATIC creature.
  2. You can cut shapes using scissors or squeeze the Model Magic into shapes using your fingers.
  3. Press the Model Magic onto the surface of your cardboard to make it stick.
  4. You may need to glue it down with Crayola school glue to make sure it is secure.
Step 5
  1. View your work with fresh eyes.
  2. What do you like best about it? Why?
Illustrated Crayon Character