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Grade Level

9-10, 11-12


4 class periods, periods are 45 minutes long


Printer and paper, acrylic paints, small brushes, pencils, eraser, canvas paper cut into circles.


Acrylic Paint

Lesson Objectives

For the student to:

  • understand tones, tints, and shade.
  • to apply accurate color matches to a portion of a photo.

Introductory Activity

Students were given practice sheets to complete tones, tints, and shades. Then students were given a few paint chips from the hardware store to practice color matching with.

Lesson Process

Students then went to and searched for dessert photos. (Unsplash is a website where you can find “beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.”) Students selected a photo approved by the teacher and two color prints were made of each image. The first one was for working and one for the finished piece. The teacher prepared canvas circles cut from a canvas pad and students laid it on the working photo and traced the canvas circle in the area they would replicate in paint. Students then sketched what was in the circle using what was outside the circle to connect lines and shapes where they could. (The teacher had a few that if it was too difficult I let them color the back of the working print with an oil pastel and then put the circle under the area they would paint and trace it). Once the drawing was completed they began to paint in small sections color matching on the working copy. Students were allowed the smallest brush available to paint with which was a tiny one so they didn’t overpaint or glob. It also prevented them from rushing. After a lot of “I’m done! with the teacher’s responding “Nope! Keep going! It’s looking great!” Students did get the hang of it and excelled with the project.


Hue, value, tone, tint, shade


Author & Website/Blog

Elizabeth Hadley-Stone

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